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New European Bauhaus

In September 2020, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the creation of the New European Bauhaus, “a co-creation space where architects, artists, students, engineers, and designers work together” towards sustainability. The initiative aims to connect the European Green Deal to art and culture, improving daily lives and living spaces. 

The idea of the initiative is to create a bridge between different backgrounds, cutting across disciplines and building on participation at all levels. The initiative facilitates the transformation in three main axes, namely sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion. 

The first phase of the New European Bauhaus was implemented in 2020-2021 to see how and where the initiative can support creative ideas connecting architecture and urban planning. In 2021, the Commission adopted a Communication that sets out the framework, core principles, and critical actions for the New European Bauhaus as it moves to the next stages of the implementation. 

In 2022, the European Commission established a New European Bauhaus Lab to work with communities and to co-create, model and test tools, solutions, and policy actions that will facilitate transformation. In addition, the European Commission established a Festival that allows greater visibility of the creators and the movement, as well as sharing progress and results, and enables networking and further engagement. The Commission intends to develop a concept and transform the Festival into an annual event from 2023. 

Additionally, in October 2022, the European Urban Initiative launched a €50 million call to support urban innovation and cities to become more sustainable, based on the New European Bauhaus values.

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Bauhaus, First School of Industrial Design
Dessau, Germany
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