The international jury of the Prix de Rome has selected four entries for the shortlist of Prix de Rome Architecture: Healing Sites from 53 anonymous entries. The shortlist candidates are: Arna Mačkić, Dividual (Andrea Bit and Maciej Wieczorkowski), Lesia Topolnyk, and Studio KIWI (Kim Kool and Willemijn van Manen).
For the final round the four candidates are asked to further develop their positioning and propose spatial interventions for their selected Healing Sites. Each will be given the opportunity, supported by a work budget, to develop their design proposals during a four-month working period. Their designs will be exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam from November. Based on the new proposals, the jury will announce the winner at the start of December. The winning candidate will receive 40,000 euros and a residency abroad.
In addition to the nominees, the jury has nominated the following six candidates to receive honourable mentions for their proposals: Bram van Ooijen – DISPLACED CITY, dérive (Kevin Westerveld and Hedwig van der Linden) – Ground for Dialogue, Estelle Barriol – Cultivating the Metropolis, Georges Taminiau – Architect of the Natural Kingdom, Gianna Bottema – Cooperative Resistance: Spatial Protocols for Collective Action, and Sophia Holst – Housing Pain, Healing Strategies.
The jury made its selection from a list of 53 architects, urban planners, interior architects, and landscape architects who submitted their proposal in response to the Open Call: Healing Sites. The four shortlisted candidates each came up with a current, relevant, artistic and strongly cohesive spatial statement, which makes the jury curious about the further elaboration of the formulated assignment. The jury nominated six entries for an honorable mention, because they play an exemplary role based on subject, positioning or artistic quality.
The jury was impressed by the quality of the spatial statements and the accompanying writings, which, as a whole, gave a wide cross-section of the current preoccupations of a young generation of Dutch spatial practitioners, whilst at the same time critically evaluating on their own position and responsibility, both in relation to the architectural discipline and the broader current social issues.
For a full reflection on the Open Call by the jury, please find the jury report here.
For the Prix de Rome 2022 Architecture the jury consists of:
- Afaina de Jong (founder and director AFARAI)
- Alessandra Covini (co-founder and co-director Studio Ossidiana, winner of Prix de Rome 2018)
- Carson Chan (director Emilio Ambasz Institute at MoMA)
- Dirk Sijmons (founder H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten)
- Jan Jongert (founding partner Superuse Studios)
- Syb Groeneveld (excecutive director Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, technical chairman)
Second Assignment: Healing Sites
Where the Open Call of the first round asked candidates to frame their spatial practices the second round will ask the shortlist to further develop their proposals and position their practices. The jury asks them to specifically seek answers to how their proposals can become spatially performative in addressing the contemporary issues their statements pointed to. Going beyond revealing past trauma and merely reflecting on the past, addressing the healing that needs to happen through the architectural devices connected to their sites. Additionally, the jury is curious to understand how the candidates address the role of architects, urbanists, and landscape architects in these processes.
This year the Prix de Rome Architecture is organized by the Mondriaan Fund in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund and Het Nieuwe Instituut, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The companion publication will be published by Jap Sam Books.