NEBC online conference: 'Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’

The New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC) organised an online conference 'Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ on 29 April 2021 with over 500 attendees.

The event aimed to explore culture as a key driver of quality in the built environment. It represented an opportunity to debate how a holistic approach that considers and seeks to optimise drivers of sustainability, beauty and inclusiveness can contribute to design and achieve better living spaces, for the common good.

The video of the conference is now available on ACE Youtube channel.

DOWNLOAD THE PROGRAMME HERE

PARTICIPATORY LABS: STRUCTURED DIALOGUE IN 11 THEMATIC BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

During the NEBC conference participants were invited to discuss and express views on specific issues and challenges relating to the New European Bauhaus. Contributions will be soon available.

LAB 1 / INVENTING THROUGH EVERYDAY MAKING: the contribution of practice-driven research in art, architecture and design

 
Description:
What is the significance of practice driven research in art and architecture in achieving the goals of the New European Bauhaus?  Practice driven research is undertaken in all art practice disciplines - including architecture, design, film, photography, fine art, media and digital arts, music and the performing arts - and achieves its results both within those disciplines, as well as often in a transdisciplinary setting, combining practice driven  research methods with methods from other applied research traditions. Through topics and problems stemming from and relevant to practice based research addresses key issues of a broader cultural, social and economic significance. Research through artistic, architectural and design practice is progressive in terms of methodology and dissemination formats. Join this interactive session where we explore how practice driven research in art, architecture and design can contribute to achieve the goals of the New European Bauhaus. Through best practice examples followed by debate with participants, this break-out session aims to bring forward concrete suggestions and action proposals to the New European Bauhaus initiative.

Draft programme:
Introduction by the organisers
Best practice examples
-Ernie Roby-Tomic: Reclamation
-Dr. Emily Doolittle and Dr. Stuart MacRae: Art-Making in the Anthropocene 
-Silke Hofmann: Need Based Clothing Design
-Jana Kozamernik: Green Walls  Reflections/Conversation 
Discussion: Answers to questions 
Wrap-up

Hosted by:
European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE)
Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA)
ELIA

Session facilitated by:
Oya Atalay Franck (EAAE, ARENA)
Tadeja Zupančič (EAAE, ARENA)
Jørn Mortensen (ELIA)

LAB 2 / EDUCATING FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: life-long and “life-wide” learning in arts, architecture and engineering



Description:
Lifelong learning is the ‘ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated’ pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. It is said to enhance social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability. The value that education in arts, architecture and engineering carries for one’s development and well-being has been documented in countless studies; yet particularly arts education for children in schools as well as for adults within a life-long learning context is being cut substantially across many European countries. Finally, expanding artists’, architects’ and engineers’ knowledge on sustainable cultural and social development through life-long learning is crucial in achieving the goals of the New European Bauhaus. Inclusive practices demand that we reconsider not only who can access education opportunities, but how and at what stages in their life, so that as many barriers as possible are removed: lifelong as well as lifewide learning.
While doing so, we should create opportunities to connect different stakeholders, students of all ages and professionals of several disciplines via an open multi perspective approach. Boosting sensitivity and awareness, the impact will be achieved by interconnecting the built environment related disciplines through arts, architecture and engineering.
Draft programme:

Hosted by:
European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE)
ELIA
Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA)
Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE)

Session facilitated by: 
Roberto Cavallo (EAAE)
Mia Roth Čerina (EAAE)
Johan De Walsche (EAAE)
Florian Hadler

LAB 3 / UNCOMMON GROUND: session on rural areas


Description:
This session will discuss how design and philosophy can help conceptualise and realise rural futures that are biodiverse, inclusive and innovative.  Working with rural societies is critical to any re-thinking of our relationship to ecology.  The urgent need to take stock of the complex and disturbing nature-cultural dynamics that are destructuring the habitability of the planet is acutely understood in our varied and contested countrysides. How can we help create a better path? What kinds of processes and projects can the NEB initiate in order for it to play a leading role in creating positive rural futures? What roles will new and traditional technologies play? How will research and philosophy help to shape the NEB’s understanding of the needs and potentials of the rural?

Draft programme:
This session will comprise four 5-minute provocations, each followed by 15 minute discussions open to all participants:  

1: Landscapes for diversity. Cultivating ecological and cultural diversity in our landscapes.
2: Hybrid ruralities: Giving voices to rural communities and building new creative rural industries.
3: Re-scaling the rural: Recognising the importance of small-scale rural enterprises and communities to global environmental health.
4: Notes toward a New European Bauhaus rural manifesto: What strategies can the NEB adopt in order to strengthen the diversity and health of the countryside and all of its inhabitants.  

Hosted by:
Architectural Research European Network Association (ARENA)
IFLA-Europe

Session facilitated by:  
Sophia Meeres
Ben Stringer

LAB 4 / SEEING THE CITY AS A LANDSCAPE


Description:
How can cities become more integrative, and is there a way for them to rediscover their living base? This is one of the questions covered by this break-out session, with reference to various experiences, approaches and visions for the city of tomorrow.The idea of an ‘augmented landscape’ – adapting tomorrow’s urban and rural territories to climate challenges to meet the societal needs of a territory more in touch with its longstanding roots – is the subject up for discussion regarding the future of European inhabited territories. We have lost sight of a crucial aspect: the living base at the origin of the city. Rediscovering it for the health and comfort of living beings (inhabitants in the broadest sense) could be a solution for anticipating the effects of climate change and ensuring everyone’s well-being.


Draft programme:
The debate will explore two possible visions:
- Through a dialogue between designers, researchers and project owners (focusing on the City of  Strasbourg), with reference to the work of Alexandre Chemetoff’s agency and Agence Ter- FFP (FrenchLandscaping Association). Speakers, including philosophers like Emanuele Coccia and associations of active inhabitants, will talk on living together more harmoniously, and Dr. Antoine Picon of GSD Harvard will address the vital significance of the living base and underlying soil of our cities.
- The vision of two major European associations, IFLA Europe and the student association ELASA: seeing the profession as a future facilitator for furthering landscape projects with local players.The break-out session is aimed at the general public and elected officials of mid-sized municipalities in Europe.
*SOLS VIVANT, Socles de la nature en ville. Exhibition by Agence TER (landscape architects and
designers) - Galerie d'Architecture de Paris http://www.galerie-architecture.fr/
The break-out session is aimed at the general public and elected officials of mid-sized municipalities in Europe.

Hosted by:
IFLA-Europe

Session facilitated by: 
TBC

LAB 5 / PRAGMATIC ALLIANCE: CRAFT, EARTH, TIMBER - New European Bauhaus meets Building Culture Vorarlberg


Description:

How can architecture support the green deal? The break-out session aims to broaden the discussion about alternative building resources as earth and wood. We show an example of how we integrate the question in teaching a design studio at the University of Liechtenstein.

FORM FOLLOWS RESOURCES: How can we upscale earth as building material? How can we join forces with earth and wood? Earth is currently the only material that aligns completely with fully sustainable building principles such as the cradle-to-cradle approach and 100% recyclable. Depending on the context, earth can be used in low-tech modes of construction or in high-tech ones. It is available almost everywhere and in combination with timber, in Europe, or bamboo, in Asia is a key component to promote sustainable architecture.

FORMS FOLLOWS CRAFT: What can we learn from the building culture and craftsmanship in Vorarlberg? The Building Culture in Vorarlberg serves as a case: the close & creative cooperation between architects and craftsmen in Vorarlberg has long since become a distinguishing feature and sign of quality.

Draft programme:
Presentations by Anna Heringer & Clarissa Rhomberg, followed by dicussion with the participants.

Session facilitated by:  
Anna Heringer
Clarissa Rhomberg

LAB 6 / COMMON GOOD: Quality of the built environment


Description:
While there is a broad consensus on the fact that a high-quality built environment impacts positively on people’s everyday lives and is of common good, it can prove difficult for public authorities, project developers and built environment professionals to assess and guarantee the quality of the buildings and urban spaces they commission and design. Quality in the built environment is not an absolute truth that can be given in advance. It draws its meaning from the context and is therefore different every time and in every place. Characteristics that are considered to be qualities in one place can be drawbacks in another. Quality is also, to a certain extent, dependent on the perception of the beholder. Stakeholders in a project (developer, designer, public,  user, etc.) may assess the quality of a place in different ways as they do not have the same requirements of or attitudes towards the built environment and do not all attach the same value to the various features that characterise a quality place.  Especially for laymen it is often difficult to follow the considerations concerning quality made by people working professionally on the field. It may not be possible to find a definition of the term “quality” but it would be helpful and is needed to better explain the possible factors and criteria. The break-out session will aim to explore the debate of quality in a built environment and shed light on good practices for its assessment.


Draft programme:
Presentations by:
Oliver Martin,
Claudia Schwalfenberg

Hosted by:
Architects’ Council of Europe

Session chaired by: 
Georg Pendl
Oliver Martin

LAB 7 / SOLAR CITIES WITH SOLAR MOBILITY: exploring contributions to the New European Bauhaus


Description:

To discuss with the audience and presenters from the solar mobility sector how solar can aid and accelerate more sustainable  urban mobility with elegant and beautiful solutions. The question that needs to be explored will be: what is the contribution of solar cities and solar mobility in the New European Bauhaus Initiative? The why and how will also be discussed. As an outcome, the results of this discussion will be fed into the further developments of NEBC in communications with the JRC.


Draft programme:
Several presentations of 5 to 8 minutes by designers, developers and researchers of solar mobility concepts, which will be moderated in an interaction with the audience. The moderator will ask engaging questions to both the audience and presenters to probe and evaluate the interest and opinions about solar cities with solar mobility that will be fed into the document for the JRC.

Presentations by:
Prof. Angèle Reinders (University of Twente, the Netherlands) - Industrial designer and solar expert in the built environment
Dr. Bonna Newman (TNO, the Netherlands) - Solar expert in built environment and automotive applications
Lars Löhle (Sono Motors, Germany) - Solar car developer
Ruud Derks (IM Efficiency, the Netherlands) - Building integrated photovoltaics expert and solar mobility developer
Tom Selten (Lightyear, the Netherlands) - Solar car developer

Hosted by:
Alliance for Solar Mobility (ASOM)

Session chaired by:
Angèle Reinders (University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands) - Professor in Design

LAB 8 / ADAPTIVE RE-USE: preserving and enhancing the values of our built environment


Description:
Europe has a rich and multi-faceted built environment, incorporating strong spiritual, cultural, social and economic values. Due to evolutions in our economies and societies, many heritage sites, whether listed or not, are nowadays disused or have lost the functions for which they were originally built – notably industrial, religious, and military sites, but also more contemporary buildings from the second half of the twentieth century. However, heritage buildings that have lost their original function still embody cultural, historic, spatial and economic values. Adaptive re-use offers itself as a strategy aimed at preserving those elements that contain these values, while at the same time adapting the place for new uses. New functions are thus brought together with heritage values in an active and meaningful dialogue. The break-out session will aim to discuss challenges inherent to the adaptive re-use of our existing built environment and shed light on good practices supporting quality interventions.


Draft programme:
"Elevator pitch" by Pia Maier Schriever, member of the NEB High Level Round Table
 Two 5-minute presentations by 2 speakers to be proposed by Europa Nostra
Two 5-minute presentations by 2 speakers to be proposed by Trans Europe Halles
Q&A / debate with the audience
Wrap-up: reactions by the 3 facilitator of the session:

Hosted by:
Architects’ Council of Europe
Europa Nostra
Trans Europe Halles

Session chaired by:
Sneska Quaedvlief-Mihailovic, Europa Nostra, Secretary General

LAB 9 / WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY? - different perceptions


Description:
The NEB Logo contains the terms beautiful, sustainable, together - but is there a common understanding of sustainability? This interactive workshop is to clarify the need for a common definition of the term “sustainability” and to learn more about its different perceptions within the stakeholder groups of the NEBC and/or within the societies of Europe. Therefore we would like to ask artists, teachers, academics, workers, architects, engineers, students... for their views and perceptions: Do you think the successful implementation of the NEB / the Green Deal needs a common understanding of sustainability? What are your perceptions, ideas, feelings, thoughts on the term “sustainability”? The goal of this session is to collect inputs in order to develop approaches for a very basic broadly accepted common definition as a basis for further discussion regarding the implementation of the NEB/Green Deal.

Draft programme: Coming soon.

Hosted by:
ARENA
European Council of Engineers Chambers (ECEC)

Session chaired by:
Klaus Thürriedl, ECEC President and Ana Betancour, ARENA

LAB 10 / PARTICIPATORY PRACTICES


Description:

The session will aim to explore how collective and participatory processes led by artists and cultural agents can catalyze the challenges of sustainable environmental practices based upon the strategic collaboration between various disciplines and sectors in the following areas of work: collective research, collective creation and protection of the commons, and collective prototyping.  The outcomes of the session will feed the NEB initiative with good practices and methodologies for participatory processes and collective engagement.

Key questions: mediation, methodologies and translation, speculative processes, commons as culture, third spaces for collective engagement.

Draft programme:
Format:  Roundtable. Several presentations of 5 to 8 minutes by artists, researchers and commons’s managers, moderated discussion among the panelists and engagement with the audience.

Speakers:
Collective research: Helen Pritchard. (TBC) This contribution aims to focus on participatory and creative practice methods for co-research.
Collective prototyping: The center for Genomic Gastronomy. Cate Kramer (TBC). This contribution aims to know how creative programming, creative hardware and distributed design and manufacturing with free and open-source tools, interconnects art with areas like geography, biology, and cooking.
Citizens Labs: Medialab Prado, Marcos Garcia (TBC), aiming to know the methodologies of Citizens Labs.
Implementing the commons: Commons Lab: Waag , Socrates Schouten (TBC). This contribution aims to better understanding of present-day commons and implementing new forms of commoning.

Hosted by:
Culture Action Europe (CAE)

Session chaired by:
tbc

Lab 11/ Participatory design in cultural third spaces for communities and citizens


Description:
This session aims to share the experiences of grassroots cultural centres across Europe in including users, citizens, and communities in the design phase of the third cultural spaces. In third spaces, communities create an area that is neither home nor work, where encourages social interactions and fosters connectivity and creativity, simply a daily practice of  "form follows function". In this session, we will discuss the participatory design aspects of grassroots cultural centres, what makes them a "third space", and how they blend social space with basic needs more holistically under one roof. 


Format:
Roundtable  Draft programme: 3 speakers x 5 minutes presentation Kristian Krog, Maltfabrikken, Ebeltoft, Denmark Eleftérios Kechagioglou, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Bagneux, France Hugi Ásgeirsson, Blivande, Sweden Discussion and Q&A with the audience Wrap up with the moderator Michele Bee (Trans Europe Halles)

Hosted by:
Trans Europe Halles


Session chaired by:
Michele Bee (Trans Europe Halles)

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