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Europe launches £90,000 modern architecture prize

Architects have until 22 September to apply for a new European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, which could win them euro 150,000 (£90,000) to subsidise the cost of a particular architectural project, especially those which promote 'continental' styles.

The European Commission has made a formal call for entries for the prize, which is to be awarded every two years. The money can be spent on personnel, travel, accommodation, publicity and equipment costs, but not on capital investment. It may not exceed 60 per cent of total project costs.

The EU stated that: 'There is a need for a specific prize that demonstrates the progress and outstanding role that European creation plays; when this is seen globally, it can easily be established that it acts as a leader in development of architectural ideas and realisations.'

The aim of the prize is to 'detect and highlight' artistic talent in contemporary architecture.

The rules of the prize outline the commission's aims for architecture being entered in the competition. It said that it should focus 'attention on the transnationality of architectural works by trying to promote architectural creations realised in countries other than the country of origin of the architects.'

It added that it shou ld be about 'env ironmenta l qua lity, human scale, the appropriate use of building materials and structure . . . long building life, sustainable materials, low energy consumption, flexibility of use . . . It is mainly about cultural expression: respect for a city or landscape context, a vision of the future as an expression of the past.'

For more information call Euclid, tel 0151 709 2564 or see the official EU website at europa. eu. int/comm/culture/index_en. html

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