The European Bauhaus and the New Green Deal

is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative by European Union.

Ett nytt europeiskt Bauhaus är ett kreativt och tvärdisciplinärt initiativ som ska skapa en mötesplats där framtida sätt att leva ska formges, i skärningspunkten mellan konst, kultur, social inkludering, vetenskap och teknik. Med initiativet kommer den gröna given till våra bostäder och vi uppmuntras till ett kollektivt arbete för att tänka ut och bygga en framtid som är hållbar, inkluderande och vacker för alla våra sinnen.

Vacker innebär inkluderande och tillgängliga platser där dialogen mellan olika kulturer, discipliner, kön och generationer ger oss möjlighet att planera för en bättre plats för alla. Det innebär också en mer inkluderande ekonomi, där välståndet delas och bostäder är ekonomiskt tillgängliga.

Vacker betyder hållbara lösningar som skapar ett samspel mellan vår bebyggda miljö och jordens ekosystem. Det innebär regenererande strategier som låtit sig inspireras av naturens kretslopp och som utnyttjar resurserna hållbart och skyddar den biologiska mångfalden.

Vacker innebär berikande erfarenheter som tillgodoser annat än bara våra materiella behov och som inspirerats av kreativitet, konst och kultur. Det innebär att vi ser på mångfald som ett sätt att lära av varandra.

”I want Next Generation EU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our Union a leader in the circular economy. But this is not just an environmental or economic project: it needs to be a new cultural project for Europe. ” säger Ursula von der Leyen.

Beautiful means inclusive, accessible spaces where the dialogue between diverse cultures, disciplines, genders and ages becomes an opportunity to imagine a better place for all. It also means a more inclusive economy, where wealth is distributed and spaces are affordable.

Beautiful means enriching experiences that respond to needs beyond our material dimension, inspired by creativity, art and culture. It means appreciating diversity as an opportunity to learn from each other.

New European Bauhaus: Commission launches design phase (18 January 2021)

Today, the Commission launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by Presidentvon der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address. The New European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project, aiming to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment in order to help deliver the European Green Deal. The core values of the New European Bauhaus are thus sustainability, aesthetics and inclusiveness. The goal of the design phase is to use a co-creation process to shape the concept by exploring ideas, identifying the most urgent needs and challenges, and to connect interested parties. As one element of the design phase, this spring, the Commission will launch, the first edition of the New European Bauhaus prize.

This design phase will lead to the opening of calls for proposals in autumn this year to bring to life New European Bauhaus ideas in at least five places in EU Member States, through the use of EU funds at national and regional level.

European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, said: ”The New European Bauhaus is a project of hope to explore how we live better together after the pandemic. It is about matching sustainability with style, to bring the European Green Deal closer to people’s minds and homes. We need all creative minds: designers, artists, scientists, architects and citizens, to make the New European Bauhaus a success.”

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said: “With the New European Bauhaus our ambition is to develop an innovative framework to support, facilitate and accelerate the green transformation by combining sustainability and aesthetics. By being a bridge between the world of art and culture on one side and the world of science and technology on the other, we will make sure to involve society as a whole: our artists, our students, our architects, our engineers, our academia, our innovators. It will kick-off a systemic change.”

Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreiracommented: “The New European Bauhaus is about how we live together, our values, our common spaces of work and leisure, our collective and private experiences. This is a project for all regions and territories in Europe. In promoting affordable solutions, it should contribute to social cohesion and to solving housing problems. If we want to bring real change around us – for a more beautiful, sustainable life together, we need to think about how the New European Bauhaus can bridge the generation of new ideas with implementation in physical places. We are therefore exploring across the Commission how our tools could be mobilised to launch a first set of concrete New European Bauhaus actions.”

Background

The New European Bauhaus is a creative initiative, breaking down boundaries between science and technology, art, culture and social inclusion, to allow design to find solutions for everyday problems. 

On the dedicated website launched today, artists, designers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, architects, students, and all interested people can share examples of inspiring achievements for the New European Bauhaus, their ideas about how it should be shaped and how it should evolve, as well as their concerns and challenges.

This is the beginning of an innovative co-design process. Organisations that want to put more effort into their engagement in this process can become ‘Partners of the New European Bauhaus,’ by responding to the call on the website.

In the coming months, the Commission will award prizes to existing examples that represent the integration of the key values of the initiative, and that may inspire the discussions about, and the transformation of, the places where we live.

In the next phase of the initiative – the ‘delivery’ phase, five pilot projects will be set up to co-design new sustainable and inclusive solutions with style. The objective of the third phase – ‘dissemination’, is to spread the ideas and concepts defining the New European Bauhaus via new projects, networking and sharing of knowledge, in Europe and beyond.