A New European Bauhaus

An environmental, economic and cultural project for Europe

Par Inge Eller

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BEDA (The Bureau of European Design Associations) and its members, including the Cité du design, actively participate in the initiative launched by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission for a New European Bauhaus.

The New European Bauhaus will be a driving force in the realization of the European Green Deal and the Recovery Plan, with the objective of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, attractive and human-centred. It is a movement based on sustainability, inclusion and aesthetics, led by multidisciplinary teams, involving designers, architects, artists, engineers and students.

The New European Bauhaus will be a bridge between the world of science and technology and the world of art and culture to create together:
- a forum for discussion
- a space for art and culture
- an experimentation lab  
- an accelerator
- a hub for global networks and experts   
- a contact point for citizens interested in the topic

The project will run for 5 years and comprises three phases:
1.Design —till summer 2021, to explore ideas and co-design across disciplines with stakeholders and citizens
2.Deliver —from the second half of 2021, initiating five experimental and thematic New European Bauhaus projects in different EU Member States.
3.Diffuse —from 2023, disseminating and spreading outcomes of experimental phase in Europe and beyond.

Key features:
- Shape a movement to explore how to live better together
- Make the Green Deal a positive “touchable” experience
- Interdisciplinary project: Connecting people from different professions and backgrounds
- Form follows planet: Merge necessity with aesthetics and culture
- Support/develop lead markets in sustainability
- Make EU think and deliver “out of the box”

New European Bauhaus is a mindset, supporting transformation towards climate-neutral Europe expressed through concrete, experimental Bauhaus’.

Par Inge Eller

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