When architects today try to insert their contemporary designs in parts of Europe holding some of the oldest infrastructure and buildings in the world, it can be considered even more of a feat—or loss—when they've completed it. Paying tribute to some of the best examples of modern European architecture is “Shaping European Cities,” an exhibition presenting 40 designs built in the last two years, at Bozar Center for Fine Arts, in Brussels.
Curated by the “Prize Team” at the Fundació Mies van der Rohe and envisioned by architect Jorge Vidal, the show will focus more on the five finalists and winner of the 2015 Mies van der Rohe Award, and the Emerging Architect Prize Winner—Catalan studio Arquitectura-G for its design of Luz House.
The event takes place on Sept. 15, with an opening presentation similar to a TED talk on how policymakers and architects can make cities more attractive, which will then be followed by a debate.
The 40 designs will be exhibited with models at a one-to-one scale, along with interviews with the architects, graphics, text, and photographs. Films relating to each project will also play in the background. The curators hope that visitors can use these materials to learn about the contextualization of the works and the creative processes of their makers.
The exhibition will be open until Nov. 1.
Below are the exhibition's featured projects.
Ravensburg Art Museum, Ravensburg, Germany, by Lederer Ragnarsdóttir Oei
Danish Maritime Museum, Helsingør Denmark, by Bjarke Ingels Group
Antinori Winery, Florence, Italy, by Archea Associati
London School of Economics Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London, by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects