‘Shaping European Cities’ Exhibition

‘Shaping European Cities’ is the opening conference of the exhibition of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2015, which will be held in BOZAR, Brussels from 15 September to 1 November 2015. The conference (18:30-20:30) will be followed by the opening of the exhibition (20:45) and a cocktail reception (21:00).

The EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award is considered by the architects themselves as the second most prestigious in the world, after the Pritzker Prize. The Prize was created in 1988 through collaboration between the European Commission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona and is currently supported by the EU Creative Europe programme.

The main objectives of the conference are:
• To raise awareness amongst EU policymakers and the broader public of the importance of quality architecture in the process of shaping more ethical, fairer, greener and economically sustainable cities.
• To raise awareness among public bodies and European decision makers of the fact that cities need investment in order to keep them competitive, attractive for youth employment and reinforce a local and European identity.
• To explore new ways of collaboration between policy-makers and architects.

To reach these objectives three debate panels will take place during the event:

Panel 1: City economy and energy resilience
Panel 2: Social balance and living together
Panel 3: Democratic change for the cities of tomorrow

The exhibition will bring together models, photos and video material about the 40 most remarkable architecture projects built in Europe in the last 2 years, including the winner of the Award, the emerging architect winner and the four finalists for the Prize.

The conference and the exhibition are organised by the Directorate General Education and Culture of the European Commission, together with the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

For detailed information about the programme and the speakers, please visit www.shapingeuropeancities.eu