Five Easy Pieces – Vote Your Favorite One!
Since 1988 every two years the European Union awards the Mies Van Der Rohe Prize to outstanding architectural projects designed and built in the member States. The nominations are made by a pool of independent experts, the member organisations of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE-CAE), the accredited associations for contemporary architecture at national level and an ad hoc advisory committee. Following remote selection of a shortlist of projects among the nominations, the jury undertakes to visit the projects on site. That is a very important step that precedes the awarding, reflecting the ambition of awarding the design and building process instead of the single architectural object.
I appreciate the rational behind the award and think that the awarded projects are always of extraordinary architectural quality and societal relevance. However I do think that some kind of citizen’s participation and involvement could reinforce the cultural and social impact of the prize. Therefore I kindly ask you to express your preference about the five finalists of the Mies Van Der Rohe European Union Prize 2013.
Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall & Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland
Batteríid architects; Henning Larsen Architects; Studio Olafur Eliasson
Metropol Parasol, Seville, Spain
- Mies van der Rohe Award 2013 shortlist announced (dezeen.com)
- EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture finalists announced (wired.co.uk)