Coinciding in a casual way, or maybe not, with the 30th birthday of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion reconstruction, yesterday was presented the new book of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the Contemporary European Architecture ATLAS. In this ATLAS combines for the first time all the nominated projects at the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award edited by Celia Marín and Marina Romero.
A publication like this one could be developed following many other ways, as Celia Marin explained during the ATLAS presentation. To compile 2881 projects in a single book comples us to think about a logical data organization but moreover putting all of them into context. Leaving behind words like ‘guide’ or ‘collection’, Contemporary European Architecture ATLAS represents the analysis and synthesis exercise of different data: historic context, country, genre, project’s use, studio, concept, winners, nominnated, etc. All this data is intertwined to provide us a critical vision about the European architectural scene. Surprisingly, we discover that through all this data we can extract even more information. Thus becomes into a necessary tool for both researd and education.
The Contemporary European Architecture ATLAS provides us a global point of view to reflext on the European architectural scene
Together with all the nominated and winning projects are being presented also different thoughts of people involved in the Prize. Diane Gray and Dietmar Steiner explain the history and evolution of the Prize, Hans Ibelings analyse the urban configuration starting from the public space, Zaida Muxí and Josep Maria Montaner have done an article about colective housing and Francesc Muñoz analyse the European territory considering the political, social and geographical changes.
The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award aims to spread and stand out the quality of the European architectural production. That’s why, as Marina Romero said, it is a cause for celebration that after 30 years we can have a Contemporary European Architecture ATLAS. It is without doubt a must that you can buy at ShopMies.