Five finalist projects have been shortlisted for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, an award given jointly by the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation. The biennial prize, for which ArchDaily is a media partner, recognizes the Europe-located projects that demonstrate excellence in "conceptual, social, cultural, technical, and constructive terms." The five shortlisted projects are located in Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain, a spread of locations drawn from a long list that included works located in 17 European countries. Of the 40 projects in the original long list, the five shortlisted projects include works in the health, culture, masterplan, mixed-use, and collective housing categories. Said prize coordinator Ivan Blasi in January of the original longlist: “The 2019 nominees highlight metropolitan areas as the location of most of the works, but the map also reveals the generation of axes such as the Dublin-Brussels-Ljubljana-Tirana one, where 100 million Europeans live and a third of the total number of nominated works have been built."
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