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356 Nominees Announced for 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van der Rohe Award

12:00 - 22 December, 2016
356 Nominees Announced for 2017 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies Van der Rohe Award

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe has announced the 356 projects from 36 countries which have been nominated for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Among the countries included, France and Spain are represented the most among the selected projects, with each country featuring 28 times. Meanwhile, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine appear in the prize for the first time, with Georgia offering a commendable 7 listed projects.

Among the building types included on the list, as in the 2015 Prize housing and cultural buildings dominated. However, the 2017 Prize sees an increase in the number of educational buildings and mixed use buildings compared to two years ago.

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award was established in 1987 and is awarded every two years, with the winner receiving a €60,000 prize. Previous winners have included the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavik, designed by the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen in collaboration with the Islandic practice Batteríið and the artist Olafur Elíasson, and the Neues Museum in Berlin, designed by David Chipperfield Architects and Julian Harrap. The winner in 2015 was the Philharmonic Hall Szczecin in Poland by Barozzi / Veiga.

The list will be narrowed to a shortlist of 40 projects in late January, with the winner announced in April 2017. In addition to the main prize, the Fundació Mies van der Rohe is once again running a special mention award for emerging architects, with winners of this award receiving a €20,000 prize.

Read on for the full list of 356 selected projects.

This Former Professional Skateboarder Is Now a Skate Park Architect

08:00 - 14 December, 2016

After a career as a professional skateboarder, Helsinki-based Janne Saario has become one of few landscape architects in the world with a practice devoted completely to designing skate parks for young people. Saario’s designs—all of which are located in Europe—diverge from the typical brutalist stereotypes of concrete skate park masses, and rather, are site-specific and heavily influenced by their natural surroundings. 

“Young people are our hope and future,” says Saario. “And by offering beautiful and meaningful surroundings to grow, like wonderful skate parks, we can make a positive change on their picture of the world and future behavior.”

PLH Arkitekter Wins Rail Baltica Competition with Arch-Inspired Infrastructural System

12:00 - 10 December, 2016
PLH Arkitekter Wins Rail Baltica Competition with Arch-Inspired Infrastructural System, Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter
Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter

PLH Arkitekter has been announced as one of two winners in the international design competition for Rail Baltica, organized by The European Railroad Lines, Ltd. As a part of the European transport network, Rail Baltica will be a multi-modal public transport hub in the Latvian capital of Riga, with a railway bridge crossing the Daugava River. 

The focal point of the project will be a train station building “that creates a strong visual identity in the cityscape, strengthening the sense of Riga as a metropolis.” Inspired by the archetypal form of the arch and the Art Nouveau period, the building will feature canopies that resemble arched fern leaves. On the north side of the building, the canopy shape allows for a unique view over the historic city, ideal for travelers entering or leaving the city to create a strong sense of place.

Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter Courtesy of PLH Arkitekter +11

AD Classics: Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis / Abbot Suger

04:00 - 2 December, 2016
AD Classics: Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis / Abbot Suger, West Façade. Image © Wikimedia user Thomas Clouet (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
West Façade. Image © Wikimedia user Thomas Clouet (licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)

The origin of Gothic architecture, a style which defined Europe in the later Middle Ages, can be traced to a single abbey church in the northern suburbs of Paris. The Basilique royale de Saint-Denis (Royal Basilica of Saint-Denis), constructed on the site of an abbey and reliquary established in Carolingian (800-888 CE) times, was partially rebuilt under the administration of Abbot Suger in the early 12th Century; these additions—utilizing a variety of structural and stylistic techniques developed in the construction of Romanesque churches in the preceding centuries—would set medieval architecture on a new course that would carry it through the rest of the epoch.

Félix Benoist (Public Domain). ImageEngraving (1861) Rose Window. Image © Wikimedia user Diliff (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) Tomb. Image © Wikimedia user Myrabella (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) West Façade Portal Detail. Image © Wikimedia user Myrabella (licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0) +9

3 Winners of the 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award Announced

12:00 - 30 October, 2016
3 Winners of the 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award Announced, Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe
Courtesy of Fundació Mies van der Rohe

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe has announced the three winners of the inaugural Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) 2016. Established this year to “support the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future,”  9 finalists were selected from a shortlist of 30 projects, which was then narrowed down to 3 winners.

The Fictive Architecture of European Banknotes Sculpted From Sugar

04:30 - 27 October, 2016
The Fictive Architecture of European Banknotes Sculpted From Sugar, © Gustav Almestâl
© Gustav Almestâl

One of the key challenges faced by the European currency union, the Euro, was that of their design. In 2002, when the banknotes entered circulation across large parts of the European Union, the imagery that they possessed had to represent a continent of cultures. The answer: to create fictitious illustrations or, as the European Central Bank states, "stylised illustrations [of windows, doorways and bridges], not images of, or from, actual constructions." In a recent exhibition architect Anna Pang, in collaboration with Johan Holkers and Rolf Stålberg, have attemped to present the "fictive architecture" of the Euro as sugar sculpture.

Opportunity Space

07:00 - 19 October, 2016
Opportunity Space, New arrivals at Malmö Central Station. Photo: Johan Bävman
New arrivals at Malmö Central Station. Photo: Johan Bävman

Europe’s migration crisis has intensified the need for cities to develop new tools and strategies to help people build skills, earn a living, and establish their place in society. To address this challenge, New York-based design nonprofit Van Alen Institute has launched Opportunity Space, a competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to propose a temporary mobile structure in Malmö, Sweden that will support a wide range of social programs.

The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize, a $5,000 travel budget, and up to $25,000 to implement their proposal in and around Malmö’s Enskifteshagen Park for two months in spring 2017.

30 Projects Shortlisted for 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award

13:30 - 6 October, 2016
30 Projects Shortlisted for 2016 Young Talent Architecture Award, © YTAA - Young Talent Architecture Award
© YTAA - Young Talent Architecture Award

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe has announced a list of 30 projects that will compete for the inaugural Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) 2016. The award was established this year to “support the talent of recently graduated Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects who will be responsible for transforming our environment in the future,”  and joins the Foundation's European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award “in promoting high quality work amongst emerging and established architects through the acknowledgement of the value of good buildings.”

More than 200 projects were submitted from over 100 European architecture schools, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of 30 projects by an esteemed jury of architects and curators. Three winners will be selected at the Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice on October 28th 2016 as part of the 2016 Venice Biennale.

The shortlisted projects are:

Call for Submissions: Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant

07:00 - 22 July, 2016
Call for Submissions: Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant, Image from "Unknown Terrorites: Imagining Post-Ruin Siberia and Rust Belt" by Jieun Yang, 2015 recipient
Image from "Unknown Terrorites: Imagining Post-Ruin Siberia and Rust Belt" by Jieun Yang, 2015 recipient

The Center for Architecture and AIANY are currently accepting applications for the Stewardson Keefe LeBrun Travel Grant. The purpose of the grants is to further the personal and professional development of an architect in early or mid-career through travel. Travel plans should be focused on a selected topic of interest to the individual, rather than a part of a larger humanitarian or institutional endeavor. If appropriate, the winner may be asked to present at the Center for Architecture upon return.

Ulterior Motives: OMA/AMO's Reinier de Graaf on "Research," Europe and the 2014 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 21 June, 2016
Ulterior Motives: OMA/AMO's Reinier de Graaf on "Research," Europe and the 2014 Venice Biennale, Installation in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini at the 2014 Venice Biennale, directed by OMA/AMO. Image Courtesy of OMA
Installation in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini at the 2014 Venice Biennale, directed by OMA/AMO. Image Courtesy of OMA

The following interview with Reinier De Graaf was first published by Volume Magazine in their 48th issue, The Research Turn. You can read the Editorial of this issue, Research Horizonshere.

Architectural practice requires a degree of intimacy and insight into complex sets of forces. While building is architecture’s bread and butter, it’s not always the best format to make a statement. It’s sometimes not even the most appropriate language to respond to a brief. Volume spoke with Reinier de Graaf of OMA/AMO about how research and media can become a vessel for political agendas.

A Floating Timber Pavilion Takes Center Stage at Manifesta 11 in Zurich

06:00 - 20 June, 2016
A Floating Timber Pavilion Takes Center Stage at Manifesta 11 in Zurich, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

On June 11th, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, also known as Manifestabegan its 100-day stint in this edition's host city, Zurich, Switzerland. The festival's center-piece is a timber raft floating on Lake Zurich, known as the Pavilion of Reflections. The temporary structure was designed and realized by Studio Tom Emerson and a team of thirty students from ETH Zurich. Constructed primarily of timber, Christian Jankowski, curator of Manifesta 11, describes the exhibit “as a floating multi-functional platform with a giant LED screen, a stand for spectators, a swimming pool and a bar.”

© Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu © Laurian Ghinitoiu +14

"There is Much More at Stake Than Simply Being In or Out" – Rem Koolhaas Speaks Out Over a Potential EU 'Brexit'

13:15 - 17 June, 2016
"There is Much More at Stake Than Simply Being In or Out" – Rem Koolhaas Speaks Out Over a Potential EU 'Brexit', EU Barcode (OMA*AMO). Image © flickr user eager. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
EU Barcode (OMA*AMO). Image © flickr user eager. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

In a recent interview with the BBCRem Koolhaas (OMA) has spoken out against the campaign seeking to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union, upon which the British people will vote in a referendum next week. Reflecting on his time spent at London's Architectural Association (AA) in the 1960s and '70s, Koolhaas fears that advocates for withdrawal may be looking at the past through rose-colored glasses.

If you look at the arguments to leave you can see this is a movement of people who want to fundamentally change England back into the way it supposedly was before.

MAD Unveils Organic and Asymmetrical Tower in Paris' Clichy-Batignolles

11:30 - 20 May, 2016
MAD Unveils Organic and Asymmetrical Tower in Paris' Clichy-Batignolles, Courtesy of MAD Architects
Courtesy of MAD Architects

MAD’s first residential project in Europe was revealed by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo earlier today. The building, called UNIC, will be located in the newly developed neighborhood of Clichy-Batignolles, a former brownfield site in the northeast of the seventeenth arrondissement, covering over fifty hectares. The tower will be adjacent to Martin Luther King Park and a courthouse by Renzo Piano that is currently under construction. MAD was awarded the design through an international competition, and the project is being developed in collaboration with Biecher Architectes.

Courtesy of MAD Architects Courtesy of MAD Architects Courtesy of MAD Architects Elevation +12

Fragments of Metropolis: Documenting the Expressionist Heritage of the Rhine-Ruhr Region

04:00 - 4 May, 2016

European Expressionism in architecture has, until now, suffered from neglect. Following a successful campaign for the first volume in a planned seven-part series which focused on Berlin, a new version of the Fragments of Metropolis series—which covers with the Rhein-Ruhr region of Europe—will document 155 buildings from Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg to Düsseldorf, Cologne, Münster and Oberhausen. This latest volume is currently being crowdfunded.

Call for Papers: International Symposium on Urban Design

05:00 - 4 March, 2016
Call for Papers: International Symposium on Urban Design

On the 20th anniversary of its MSc Urban Design Program, the METU Faculty of Architecture is organising an international symposium on urban design to be held between the 4th and 5th October 2016 in Ankara, Turkey: 'Designing Urban Design: Towards a Holistic Perspective'.

Europan 13 Winners Announced

12:00 - 13 December, 2015
Europan 13 Winners Announced , “Twin Phenomena” Proposal by ArenasBasabePalacios, one of the winners of Europan 12. Image Courtesy of ArenasBasabePalacios
“Twin Phenomena” Proposal by ArenasBasabePalacios, one of the winners of Europan 12. Image Courtesy of ArenasBasabePalacios

With 1,305 projects submitted, 44 winners, 49 runner-ups and 61 special mentions have been selected in the Europan 13 competition. Held annually, Europan is a European competition to design urban and architectural projects for implementation. Europan 13 was done in partnership with governing bodies of cities across Europe in collaboration with 15 European structures, under the theme “The Adaptable City: Self-Organization – Sharing - Project”, with participants called on to address the economic and ecological issues of sustainability in European cities.

Call for Sessions: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference

04:00 - 20 October, 2015
Call for Sessions: SAH 2017 Annual International Conference, Cloisters at University of Glasgow (courtesy of People Make Glasgow)
Cloisters at University of Glasgow (courtesy of People Make Glasgow)

At its 2017 Annual International Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, SAH will offer a total of 36 paper sessions. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters, and partner organizations, to chair a session at the conference. As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the Annual International Conference, non-members who wish to chair a session will be required to join SAH at the time of submitting a session proposal.

Is There a European Identity in Architecture?

09:30 - 7 October, 2015

“There is a certain tradition, history, and continuity that you can read in European architecture”
- Spela Videcnik, OFIS arhitekti

A product of context and history, Europe has influenced the architecture world in a way that perhaps no other continent has. The continent is the topic of the latest video from the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, produced in relation to their European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, in which prize-nominated architects from 16 European cities are interviewed on what they believe brings them together, and what makes them different.

As a US citizen who has previously lived in Europe for two years, I was struck by the essential question prompted by the video: “Is there a European identity in architecture?” And if so, what exactly is it? To try to answer this question, I sat down with ArchDaily’s managing editor Rory Stott - a Brit - to debate differing perspectives.

2015 Prize Winner - Philharmonic Hall Szczecin / Barozzi / Veiga. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu Gym Hall TNW / NL Architects. Image © Luuk Kramer Metropol Parasol / J. Mayer H + Arup. Image © Javier Orive 2013 Prize Winner - Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre / Henning Larsen Architects & Batteriid Architects. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen Architects +6