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Radical yet possible future space solutions: The New European Bauhaus Collateral Event in Venice


The New European Bauhaus has presented 'Radical yet possible future space solutions' Collateral Event of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia on 25-26 May 2023.

The NEB conference has featured a number of high-level speakers from all around the globe including European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira, Professor Annette Hafner, architects Rem Koolhaas and Shigeru Ban, social entrepreneur and activist Alexandra Mitsotaki, and many others. It was curated by innovation economist and digital expert Francesca Bria, physicist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and architect Wael al Awar. The participants have reflected on radical, yet possible, human actions leading to a better use of space and resources. In particular, they will discuss new ways of living, and how to go beyond the conviction that the future of the humankind is bound to already existing solutions. 

On the first day, following two masterclasses by architects, six groups of experts and students have joined parallel discussions in the ‘Radical NEB Labs’, to work towards collective solutions for a sustainable future, understood as new ways of living, learning, designing, building, energy and material sourcing. 

On the second day, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has launched the series of interdisciplinary debates involving some of the most recognised architects of our time and international experts from several fields. Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms Elisa Ferreira has closed the conference by pointing to opportunities to scale up New European Bauhaus approaches within EU spending programmes.

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