Constructing Europe - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Constructing Europe

“Constructing Europe Archive of Contemporary Architecture of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe 1988-2013”, an exhibition that took place at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya between June 7th 2013 and June 10th 2013 and December 19th 2013 and March 2nd 2014.

Since 1988, the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe of Barcelona have granted the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award every two years. From among the proposals submitted by the nominators – the experts, national architects’ associations and the Advisory Committee – for each edition, the jury members make their decisions about the Prize Winner, the Emerging Architect Special Mention and a broad selection of shortlisted works.

During these twenty-five years, the Foundation has organised thirteen award cycles and in the process has built an online database that documents the almost 2,500 works that have been nominated as well as an extensive archive consisting of photographs, drawings, digital and audiovisual material, as well as models.

The exhibition focuses on the models that represent some 170 projects that have been selected by the award juries since 1996. The models are placed chronologically and face to face with a timeline of major trends and events – social, technological, economic and political – and photographs of the Prize Winners and the Emerging Architect Special Mentions’ works.

Drawings of European architecture key works between 1988 and 1994 are presented together with a video that shows the selected works of the last edition of the Prize.

This archive represents the biggest collection of Contemporary Architecture in Europe.


June 7, 2013 - June 10, 2013 December 19, 2013 - March 2, 2014


Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona

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Giovanna Carnevali

Diane Gray, Prize coordinator 1988-2013
Ramon Prat

Diane Gray
Anna Bes
Meritxell Cuspinera
Jordi García
Ivan Blasi


Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Anna Giró
Mercedes Soler-Lluró
Gemma Pasqual / ICE
Pau Guardiola

Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Laura Arenas
Arnau Cabeza

Raúl Martínez
Clara Moreno
Alejandro Raya
Víctor Sánchez



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