On 29 April 2021, members of the NEB Collective organised an online conference in order to contribute to the co-design phase of the New European Bauhaus. In the spirit of the New European Bauhaus, this conference was designed to be a participatory and multidisciplinary event, enabling people from various academic and professional backgrounds to meet and exchange ideas on how to shape the NEB. The report summarises key learnings and findings of the conference.
The event explored culture as a key driver of quality in the built environment. It was 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.
About the event
After the opening speech by the President of the European Commission and keynote speeches, representatives from six cities exchanged on how local public authorities can translate the NEB ambitions into concrete initiatives and projects. Another key part of the programme consisted of 11 breakout sessions, during which conference participants were invited to discuss specific issues and challenges relating to the New European Bauhaus: education, quality, bio-sourced materials, sustainability, research, mobility, heritage, and sense of place, to name but a few.
The NEBC conference was attended by around 800 participants from various backgrounds: representatives from EU institutions, Member States, and local authorities; experts from the various bodies which co-organised this event, namely architects, spatial planners, landscape architects, interior architects, engineers, designers, artists, educators, and researchers of the built environment; and also professionals from the cultural and creative sectors. The event was organised with the financial support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.