Fieldwork contains an essay section and a section describing individual projects. From over 500 entries, the jury selected 43 projects from places as far afield as Dublin and Athens. The outstanding fieldwork by their authors exhibits sensitivity to materials and details, respect for customs and mentalities, and pleasure in the play of their own powers of invention.
The discussions between the jury and the editors during the selection process threw up various topical issues. The most important of these were explored by the editors and selected authors in essays on European cartography, the cultivated landscape, the cross-border exchange of ideas within Europe, the development of suburbia, and the profession and its pioneers.
A core issue addressed by the team was the fact that Europeans never develop their cities on virgin land, but on former agricultural land. The European answer to the how of the progressive urbanisation of the landscape is therefore: we work in and with the field. Hence the title Fieldwork.