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MIES VANDER ROHE 2016 – YTAA Awards Ceremony

When: October 28th, 2016

Where: Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice (Within the frame of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia)


Within the frame of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the YTAA awards ceremony will take place at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice on October 28th 2016, when the Jury will announce and award the three Winners among nine young finalists of the Prize.

Mies van der Rohe Foundation presented the 30 projects competing for the Young Talent Award Architecture (YTAA) 2016. The organization seeks to “support the talent of architects, urban planners and landscape architects recently graduated, who are responsible for the transformation of our environment in the future “, and these awards will join the Mies van der Rohe Award for” promoting high quality work among emerging architects and already established through knowledge of the value of good buildings “.

More than 200 projects were nominated from more than 100 European schools of architecture, which were reduced to 30 projects chosen by a jury of architects and curators. Three winners will be chosen at the Piccolo Teatro Arsenale in Venice on 28 October as part of the 2016 Venice Biennale.

Brewing Democracy – The Assembly of Le Balai Citoyen in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, is between the 30 finalists. The project, from the young architect Lorenzo Perri – Italian student at the Architectural Association, in the United Kingdom – had got also the AA HONOURS 2016 in June 2016.

YTAA Awards Ceremony
Courtesy of Architectural Association, London


Burkina Faso means “The Land of Free Man” in Moorè, but for the past 30 years the country has been under a strict military regime. Politicians formed a sterile opposition, and civilians had absolutely no role.

A democratic process has now begun and the activists of Le Balai Citoyen meet the Dolotières – women exclusively in charge of thedolo brewing ritual – to create a communal arena, where the production and consumption of beer supports political emancipation.

A space of accumulation growing from a marketplace, whose verticality is juxtaposed to the modernist tower of the BCEAO bank, a witness to the French influence over local economy. This assembly is a different bank, where grain, beer and political utopias are stored.

A compound of functional silos, whose absence carves out different public spaces – protected within an inhabitable cladding, a framework to create a fragile mass and a direct involvement between people and architecture.

A clash between contemporary sophisticated techniques and tribal animistic instances, essential to conceive and celebrate a raised political brewery – run by women – in such a context.

22 June 2016
Architectural Association, London


YTAA is organised by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe – European Commission and as Founding Partner. Sponsors to date include Vectorworks, A Nemetschek Company (USA), Albrecht Jung GmbH (Germany) and USM Modular Furniture (Switzerland).


For further information

To see the Announcement of the 30 shortlisted projects that compete for the first Young Talent Architecture Award, please click here. 

For further information about the Mies van de Rohe Foundation, please click here. 

To know more about Lorenzo Perri´s Honours on AA Conversations, please click here. 


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