Young graduates receive architecture awards at Shaping European Cities event in Venice

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Three graduates received Young Talent Architecture Awards, the new EU-backed prize. The award ceremony followed a debate on the relationship between contemporary architecture, cultural heritage and public space. Watch the highlights video below.

In line with the topic of La Biennale di Venezia 2016, the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe organised a debate on the theme Shaping European Cities. Urban confrontation, democracy and identity. The participants discussed the role of architecture in fostering social inclusion, democratic participation and individual and societal well-being for city residents.

With Damian Horner as moderator, more than 170 people attended the debate at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice.

Andrea del Mercato, Director General of La Biennale di Venezia, delivered welcoming remarks and Anna Ramos, Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, addressed the public highlighting the objectives of the EU Mies Award, also shared by the new Young Talent Architecture Award.

Mircea Diaconu, Member of the European Parliament, vice-chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, and Michel Magnier, Director for Culture and Creativity, DG Education and Culture of the European Commission in 2013, outlined the context and the objectives of the event.


Panel 1 - Contemporary Architecture and Cultural Heritage

The panel featured Tapani Mustonen (Finland), architect, winner of a Europa Nostra Award 2015 for the restoration of Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library; Małgorzata Omilanowska (Poland), art historian and former Minister of Culture and National Heritage and John Sell (UK), architect and executive Vice-President of Europa Nostra.

The speakers debated the challenges for contemporary architecture in European cities that include its integration in the historic environment, the improvement of built heritage and even the reconstruction of lost heritage. The case of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion enabled to distinguish between reconstruction and replica. Panelists also highlighted the “lack of trust in contemporary architecture” versus the myth of past identity often expressed by politicians and citizens.

Panel 2 - Public Space as a Resource for Cities

This panel featured the participation of Kunlé Adeyemi (Nigeria), architect, designer, urbanist and 2016 Silver Lion at La Biennale, Lieven Bertels (the Netherlands), CEO and Cultural Director of Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 European Capital of Culture, Janez Koželj (Slovenia), architect and deputy mayor of Ljubljana initiator of “Vision of Ljubljana 2025” and Marianne Sætre (Norway), architect and project manager at Snøhetta, winner of the 2009 EU Mies Award for the National Opera in Oslo.

The debate focused on the role of public space in democratic, social and cultural participation. Speakers highlighted the relevance and multiple uses of public space in the latest events in Europe like, for instance, the plight of the refugees or the movement of “Indignados” in Spain.

Young Talent Architecture Awards (YTAA)

The event culminated in the first Young Talent Architecture Awards ceremony, three diploma projects receiving the prize that strives to bring the academic and professional realms closer together. The YTAA is organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe. The three winners of the first edition are:

  • Iwo Borkowicz from Faculteit Architectuur KU Leuven - KU Leuven in Belgium
  • Tomasz Broma from Wydział Architektury Politechniki Wrocławskiej in Poland
  • Policarpo Del Canto Baquera from ETSAMadrid - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Oficial) in Spain

Videos of the 3 winning projects and pictures available on the event website.

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