On 29 April 2021, the New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC) organised its first online conference 'Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ with over 500 attendees.
The video of the event is now available on ACE Youtube channel.
Launched by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the occasion of the State of the European Union last September, the New European Bauhaus aims to make the Green Deal a cultural, human-centered and positive, ‘tangible’ experience. It intends to bring about a green transformation of the built environment and the construction sector and at the same time trigger a broad discussion about future ways of living together, at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and innovation. By making the Renovation Wave a cultural project, the Commission initiates a fundamental shift, which can be a game-changer in the transition to a more sustainable economy and society.
In their joint effort to support the New European Bauhaus, on Thursday 29 April 2021, members of the NEB Collective have co-organised on an online conference. 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 background to meet and exchange ideas on how to shape the New European Bauhaus.The event aimed to explore culture as a key driver of quality in the built environment. It has been 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.
A key part of the programme consisted of 11 break-out sessions, during which conference participants were invited to discuss and express views on specific issues and challenges relating to the New European Bauhaus: education, quality, bio-sourced materials, sustainability, research, mobility, heritage, to name but a few. Outcomes of the debate will feed into the ongoing co-creation phase of the NEB initiative.
About the NEBC
The New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC) is a grouping of several pan-European organisations representing architects, spatial planners, landscape architects, interior architects, engineers, designers, artists, educators and researchers of the built environment, and more broadly the cultural and creative sectors. The NEBC is an official Partner of the New European Bauhaus initiative. In November, the NEB Collective released a Statement “Making the Renovation Wave a cultural project” to express initial views on the New European Bauhaus and offer its support to the Commission.
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