The Contemporary Project



The Fundació Mies van der Rohe participates in the academic field through a collaboration agreement with the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB-UPC) and the Tongji University of Shanghai (CAUP-Tongji) for which the broad archive of the European Union Contemporary Architecture Prize – Mies van der Rohe Awards become the protagonist of the “Contemporary Architectural Issues” research course of ETSAB’s Master Degree in Advanced Studies in Architecture (MBArch-Barcelona).

This collaboration is based on the use of all the data provided by the archive of more than 4000 nominated projects throughout all the editions of the prize (typology, promoters, age and origin of the architects, location, etc.) in order to detect trends, emphasize problems, relate features or generate debate around contemporary architecture issues. The European Atlas of Contemporary Architecture published in 2016 and the online archive become fundamental resources for students enroled in this subject.

In addition, the foundation offers the opportunity to develop various activities to this class:

7 October – lecture by Ivan Blasi, Aula C-B.8, ETSAB, Barcelona

16 November, 16:30h – visit to the archive

14 December, 16:00h – visit to the Barcelona Pavilion

The subject “Contemporary Architectural Issues” is taught in English, since it is compulsory for students of the specialization branch “The Contemporary Project”, where students attend the dual program with Tongji, but also have a good acceptance among the enrolled in the other branches of the Master’s Degree, which computes as elective. The person in charge of the course is Professor Rubén Navarro of the Department of Theory and History of Architecture and Communication Techniques.

The ETSAB is a member of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe’s Board of Trustees and participates in the common goal of disseminating and generating debate on topics of contemporary architecture and urban planning through this subject and other collaborations.