New European Bauhaus

The European Commission calls the creative field for action. The goal of the design phase, running until autumn 2021, is to use a co-creation process to shape the concept of the New European Bauhaus initiative.

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. It is an environmental, economic and cultural project, aiming to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment. Päivi Tahkokallio, The president of the Bureau of European Design Association BEDA will host an open discussion for all Ornamo members on Friday 19th February. Sign in here.

The initiative is linked to the European Green Deal, which aims for Europe to be the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen states: “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 to make the New European Bauhaus a success.”

Architects, artists, designers, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, and all interested people are invited to 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.

The New European Bauhaus will unfold in three phases: Design, Delivery and Dissemination. The now on-going design phase will lead to the opening of calls for proposals in autumn this year. In the next two years, an initial five European Bauhaus projects will be created in different member countries of the Union. They will all commit to sustainability but with different focuses, which can range from natural building materials and energy efficiency to demographics, future-oriented mobility or resource-efficient digital innovation; always combined with culture and art. This will be implemented through the use of EU funds at national and regional level.

As one element of this spring’s design phase, the Commission will launch the first edition of the New European Bauhaus prize. 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.

For more information
New European Bauhaus website & ‘New European Bauhaus explained