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Grafton Architects' Kingston University Town House and Lacol's La Borda Win the 2022 EU Mies Award

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced that Kingston University Town House by Grafton Architects and La Borda cooperative housing by Lacol are the recipients of the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. Winner of the Architecture Category, Kingston University Town House was awarded for its "remarkable environmental quality that creates an excellent atmosphere for studying, gathering, dancing and being together". The 2022 Emerging Architecture Prize was given to La Borda cooperative housing by Lacol in Barcelona, commended for its "co-ownership and co-management of shared resources and capacities".

La Borda - Cooperative Housing by Lacol / Spain. Image © Lluc MirallesLa Borda - Cooperative Housing by Lacol / Spain. Image © Lluc MirallesKingston University Town House / Grafton Architects. Image © Ed ReeveKingston University Town House / Grafton Architects. Image © Ed Reeve+ 7

7 Finalists Announced for the EU Mies Award 2022

The European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the 7 finalists that will compete for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary ArchitectureMies van der Rohe Award. The finalists include 5 projects in the Architecture category and 2 in the Emerging Architecture category, all of which "encourage and become models and references for local city policies". The winners will be announced in April 2022 and the Award ceremony will take place in May 2022.

Frizz23 by Deadline (Britta Jürgens + Matthew Griffin). Image © Matthew GriffinZ33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture by Francesca Torzo. Image Courtesy of Francesca Torzo architectsTown House - Kingston University by Grafton Architects. Image © Dennis GilbertRailway Farm by Grand Huit and Melanie Drevet Paysagiste. Image © Guillaume Bontemps+ 16

Steps Taken by EU in 2021 Towards A Sustainable Built Environment

Early last week, the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced the 40 shortlisted projects of the EU Mies Award, a prize that commends excellence in architecture, highlighting its contribution to sustainable development. In this context, and two years after the European Parliament voted to support the Green Deal, we review the steps taken by the EU in 2021 towards achieving its sustainability goals and shaping a resilient built environment.

© Jannes Lindersmaterieunite (Terni, Italia). Image Courtesy of The New European BauhausXifré’s Rooftop: “Floating” Wild Garden (Barcelona, Spain). Image Courtesy of The New European BauhausMelopee Multipurpose School Building by Xaveer De Geyter Architects. Image © Maxime Delvaux+ 5

EU Prioritizes Sustainable Urban Mobility in New Proposals Set to Reduce Transportation Carbon Emissions by 90%

Utrecht Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects. Image © Jannes Linders
Utrecht Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects. Image © Jannes Linders

In December, the European Commission adopted several proposals that put the transport sector on track for a 90% reduction in carbon emissions, moving a step further in implementing the European Green Deal. The initiatives seek to increase rail transport, encouraging long-distance and cross-border rail travel, support the roll-out of charging points for electric vehicles and alternative refuelling infrastructure and further develop multimodality.

Footbridge of the High Speed Train Station Saint Laud by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes. Image © David Boureau© Søren Bang ClemmesenLex van Delden Bridge by Dok Architecten. Image © Arjen Schmitzvia Shutterstock+ 5

European Artist and Architects Propose Eight Designs for the First European Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

EU Pavilion, a research practice exploring the relationship between architecture and European institutions, presents eight proposals for the first European Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. European architectural and artistic practices were invited by curators Anna Livia Friel, Marco Provinciali, Benjamin Gallegos Gabilondo, Nicolò Ornaghi and Francesco Zorzi to reimagine the national pavilion, the defining spatial and symbolic paradigm of the Biennale. The speculative project aims to explore architecture’s potential in supporting the European project and helping define the identity of this culturally diverse transnational organization.

Contenitore europeo by BB with Tomaso De Luca. Image © Delfino Sisto LegnaniA scenographic backdrop for transnationalism by  Jasmina Cibic. Image © Delfino Sisto LegnaniDrexciyan Pavilion by Passarinho Studio. Image © Delfino Sisto Legnani Energy Bank by Evita Vasiljeva. Image © Delfino Sisto Legnani+ 8

The 2022 Edition of the EU Mies van der Rohe Award Reveals Final List of Works Competing

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the second list of 85 works competing for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary ArchitectureMies van der Rohe Award. Joining the batch of first nominations announced in February 2021, the full list comprises now of 532 competing works for the EU Mies Award 2022. The shortlist of 40 will be announced in January 2022, the winners in April 2022, and the Award ceremony will take place in May 2022.

Kirkkonummi Library (Fyyri) - Finland ©Tuomas Uusheimo. Image Courtesy of EU Mies AwardHarbor Building Belgium ©Karin Borghouts. Image Courtesy of EU Mies AwardPatio of the Faculty of Fine Arts Spain ©Jesús Granada. Image Courtesy of EU Mies AwardAlbania - VIlla Mara ©Genti Onuzi. Image Courtesy of EU Mies Award+ 10

New Regulations and Private Initiatives are Pushing the Transition to Clean Energy

Following the recent evolution of the climate crisis, policymakers and private companies are getting behind the transition towards clean energy. California is set to mandate solar panels and battery storage for new buildings in a move towards establishing a 100% clean energy grid, while across the US, public schools are redesigned to operate on green energy. In Europe, the EU launched a call to establish an offshore renewable energies working group that would help define the framework for reaching the EU’s ambition of at least 300 GW of offshore wind and 40 GW of ocean energies by 2050. At the same time, furniture manufacturer IKEA announced it would start selling renewable energy to Swedish households.

Via Creative CommonsPhoto by <a href="https://unsplash.com/@abbiebernet?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Abbie Bernet</a> on <a href="https://unsplash.com/s/photos/los-angeles?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText">Unsplash</a>   . ImageLos AngelesDiscovery Elementary School, Arlington Public Schools; Arlington, Virginia / VMDO Architect. Image © Alan Karchmer; Lincoln Barbour & VMDO ArchitectsIKEA Austria Store. Image © zoomVP/querkraft architekten+ 5

Future-Proofing Cities Against Climate Change

Recent extreme weather events and the acceleration of climate change, paired with decarbonization efforts that are not on track, make climate-related disruption unavoidable for urban environments, raising the issue of climate-risk adaptation. Moving past what can be done to prevent climate change, there is a strong imperative to develop strategies to prepare urban environments to cope with inevitable challenges such as sea-level rise, floods, water scarcity or extreme heat. The following discusses how cities can build resilience and adapt to undergoing and expected future climate threats.

Bryggervangen and Sankt Kjeld’s Square in Copenhagen. Image © SLAThe Oasys by Mask Architects. Image Courtesy of Genc Design StudioLinear park regenerates Mexico City's historic Grand Canal. Image © Onnis LuquQunli Stormwater Wetland Park In  Chinaby Turenscape. Image Courtesy of Turenscape+ 7

New European Bauhaus Calls for Examples and Ideas to Help Shape the Initiative

Last September, the EU launched the New European Bauhaus, an initiative designed to transform the built environment into a more sustainable one with higher social value. The project, shaped through an unprecedented co-design process, is now calling for architects, students, specialists, and citizens to share ideas, examples and challenges to help define the movement's concrete steps.

Transformation of 530 dwellings by Lacaton & Vassal + Frédéric Druot + Christophe Hutin architecture. Image © Philippe RuaultLille Langebro Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge by WilkinsonEyre. Image © Rasmus HjortshõjCopenHill Energy Plant and Urban Recreation Center by BIG. Image © Rasmus HjortshõjPlasencia Auditorium and Congress Center by Selgascano. Image © Iwan Baan+ 7

UK Architects No Longer Recognized in EU Countries Following Brexit

The Architects Registration Board, which is responsible for the licensing and registration of architects in the United Kingdom, has announced that UK architects no longer have an automatic recognition of their qualifications in EU countries following the country’s exit from the Union. This decision signifies that architects who wish to pursue their career in the Union’s 27 countries, are obliged to present compliance certificates and specific documentation to relevant authorities in each country.

Why the EU Membership is Worth it According to Rem Koolhaas and Stephan Petermann

The EU costs you the same as Netflix - is it worth it? Rem Koolhaas thinks so.

Future Architecture: Creative Exchange 2019

Next week, the annual Creative Exchange Conference organized by Future Architecture Platform will take place at the  Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) in Ljubljana, bringing together the 25 selected emerging creatives and a selected group of architects and architectural institutions to showcase ideas and trends for the future development of architecture and the profession.

Future Architecture Platform - CALL FOR IDEAS 2019

With the 4th Call for Ideas the Future Architecture platform invites multi-disciplinary emerging creatives who work on transformative projects and ideas for the future of architecture to apply for participation in the European Architecture Program in 2019. After three editions, the Future Architecture Platform has become a great opportunity for young creatives to materialize their ideas and kickstart their careers, collaborating with prestigious architectural institutions in Europe.

Rem Koolhaas and Eurolab Call for Creative Ideas on How to Re-Brand the EU

OMA founder Rem Koolhaas has joined his colleague Stephan Petermann and artist Wolfgang Tillmans in calling for ideas on re-branding the European Union, at a time when the EU is experiencing increased pressure from the rising tide of far-right nationalism. Working with a group of artists, creatives, and communications experts from across Europe, the “Eurolab” team will present the outcomes of their initiative at the Forum on European Culture on June 3rd, 2018.

Eurolab argues that, although the EU is a project aimed at peace, cooperation, and solidarity, it has failed to present itself as a progressive, positive organization to European citizens. As support for nationalism and the far-right grows across Europe, Eurolab will embark on a 4-day fact-finding mission to investigate why the voices of European unity are been drowned out by the voices of European division. Going beyond the identification of issues surrounding disdain for the EU, Eurolab seeks to help re-brand the organization, asking “how can cooperation and solidarity be communicated to a large audience in a fresh and compelling way?”

"Archifutures" Represents a Vital Infusion of Oxygen Into the Arena of Architectural Discourse

Publishing is a cultural project, first collecting and condensing ideas and then diffusing them. In the architectural sphere, it is a pursuit which has often struggled to tackle an inherent paradox: is a book, for instance, speaking to an audience entirely “in the know” or one completely fresh to the concepts, ideas, and figures which tend to envelop the discourse – often resonating like records on repeat.

Unplugging architectural publishing from its conventional realm while, at the same time, seeking to challenge existing tropes in discourse, has been made at once easier and more challenging by the dawn—and subsequent acceleration—of online publishing. Yet the book, as opposed to the magazine—printed, bound, and representing a cohesive and finite exploration of thoughts—is beginning to benefit from more innovative models of circulation, responding to the territory presently occupied by it’s ubiquitous counterpart. Archifutures, an initiative of the Future Architecture Platform, has emerged as one of the more ambitious of these projects.

Volume 2: The Studio. Image © Lena GiovanazziVolume 2: The Studio. Image © Lena GiovanazziVolume 1: The Museum. Image © Lena GiovanazziVolume 3: The Site. Image © Lena Giovanazzi+ 13