The New European Bauhaus is a creative and transdisciplinary movement in the making!
- It is a bridge between the world of science and technology, art and culture.
- It is about leveraging our green and digital challenges to transform our lives for the better.
- It is an invitation to address complex societal problems together through co-creation.
By creating bridges between different backgrounds, cutting across disciplines and building on participation at all levels, the New European Bauhaus inspires a movement to facilitate and steer the transformation of our societies along three inseparable values:
- sustainability, from climate goals to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity
- aesthetics, quality of experience and style beyond functionality
- inclusion, from valuing diversity to securing accessibility and affordability
The New European Bauhaus brings citizens, experts, businesses, and institutions together to reimagine sustainable living in Europe and beyond. In addition to creating a platform for experimentation and connection, the initiative supports positive change also by providing access to EU funding for beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive projects.
- 2 February 2023NEB actions for Ukraine - capacity building programme
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, travelled to Kyiv, accompanied by 15 Commissioners, for the first ever meeting between the College and the Ukrainian Government. The College discussed with the Ukrainian government EU support to help Ukraine rebuild its cities in a high-quality, sustainable and inclusive way with the New European Bauhaus.
To further support local Ukrainian decision-makers, the NEB released two in-depth reports written by Ukrainian and international experts. These reports focus on housing urgency and circular housing.
- 6 December 2022New European Bauhaus Prizes open for applications
The 2023 competition will reward 15 exemplary initiatives linking sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusiveness. In the context of the European Year of Skills, the 2023 edition will have a strand focussing on education and learning. For the first time, projects and concepts in the Western Balkans can be submitted.
- 29 September 2022Sixty cities to become climate neutral, beautiful and inclusive
The cities joined CrAFt, a Horizon Europe project that is inspired by the New European Bauhaus and brings cities, citizens, policymakers, arts, and academia together to co-shape the transition to climate neutrality by 2030. The CrAFt cities that will test transformation models will receive implementation support and become role models for other cities across Europe.
- 16 September 2022Three new members join the NEB high-level roundtable
An important part of the New European Bauhaus is its high-level roundtable, composed of advanced thinkers and practitioners bringing inspiration and acting as ambassadors. Three new members have joined the group:
- Francis Kéré, internationally renowned architect, 2022 Pritzker prize laureate
- Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, climate, gender, and environmental rights activist
- Emeka Ogboh, artist and music producer
They will bring new perspectives and insights into the movement and reinforce the global and cultural dimensions of the New European Bauhaus.
- 14 September 2022EP report on the New European Bauhaus adopted
Following a plenary vote on 14 September, the Commission welcomed the European Parliament’s strong support for the New European Bauhaus (NEB) as it celebrated two years of existence. The Parliament’s report notably called for stronger financing of the initiative.
- 9-12 June 2022The Festival of the New European Bauhaus & Prizes 2022
Designed around three pillars, Forum, Fair and Fest, and based physically in Brussels, at Gare Maritime and at the Mont des Arts, and equally online, the Festival of the New European Bauhaus was built with the NEB community to showcase, celebrate, and develop the movement. Next to the rich programme in Brussels, the Festival also spread throughout Europe, with more than 200 co-created side events independently organised by partners.
On 11 June, the prestigious New European Bauhaus Prizes were awarded in four categories: Reconnecting with nature; Regaining a sense of belonging; Prioritising the places and people that need it the most and Shaping a circular industrial ecosystem and supporting life-cycle thinking.
- 23 May 2022Registrations open for the first Festival of the New European Bauhaus: 9 - 12 June 2022 in Brussels and abroad
The Commission organises for the first time a Festival dedicated to the New European Bauhaus (NEB). Designed around three pillars, Forum, Fair and Fest and based physically in Brussels, at Gare Maritime & Mont des Arts, with side events around Europe and available online, the Festival of the New European Bauhaus will bring together people from all walks of life to explore, debate and shape a beautiful, sustainable and inclusive future.
- 4 May 2022Lighthouse projects to be financed across Europe
Five projects selected for the €25 million call for the development of ‘lighthouse demonstrators’ of the New European Bauhaus (NEB).
- 7 April 2022Launch of ‘NEB LAB' with new projects and call for Friends
The NEB LAB is a ‘think and do' tank to make the New European Bauhaus a reality through concrete and tangible projects. By connecting the initiative's growing community and sharing ideas, it will bring about beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive changes on the ground.
The launch of the ‘NEB LAB' starts with a call for Friends of the New European Bauhaus to involve companies and public actors such as regions, villages and cities, more directly in the New European Bauhaus.
On 7 April, the Commission also announced the winner of an international architectural contest for a new building that will house 400 researchers at the Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain.
- 30 March 2022Open calls: support for citizens, cities, and towns
Three new New European Bauhaus calls are available to support citizens, cities and towns to bring their beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive initiatives closer to their communities.
- 17 February - December 2022Open call: Transformation of places of learning
Share your project and join other passionate individuals and organisations making a difference in where and how people learn across Europe and beyond - from classrooms to streets and from playgrounds to libraries.
- 11 February 2022Horizon Europe-New European Bauhaus Nexus report published
The report is opening a window over the potential for the EU research and innovation framework programme to contribute to the New European Bauhaus.
- 9 February 2022Open calls to co-create the first New European Bauhaus Festival
The Festival of the New European Bauhaus will take place from 9 to 12 June 2022 as a hybrid event. The core activities will take place in Brussels, with side events across the EU and beyond. The call to creators and organisations to join and be part of the Festival is open until 21 March 2022.
- 18 January 2022Launch of the 2022 New European Bauhaus Prizes
- 15 September 2021New European Bauhaus Communication adoption
The Commission adopted a Communication that sets out the framework, core principles and key actions that will drive the New European Bauhaus forward, as it moves from co-design to delivery. The delivery presents also the first elements of a support framework at EU level.
- 30 June 2021End of the co-design phase
During the co-design phase, more than 200 multidisciplinary conversations took place and about 2000 contributors shared their ideas, challenges and visions via the New European Bauhaus website. All the inputs fed into the sense-making process and helped shape the concept of the initiative.
- 22-23 April 2021New European Bauhaus Conference & launch of 2021 Prizes
The 2-day conference brought together architects, engineers, urban planners, climate activists, scientists, local representatives, creative minds, students and educators from all over the world. More than 8500 people from 85 countries followed the debates, panel discussions and workshops on the future of living. As part of the event the first New European Bauhaus Prize was launched.
- 18 January 2021Launch of the co-design phase
The goal of the 6-month design phase was to shape the New European Bauhaus concept through a co-creation process by exploring ideas, identifying the most urgent needs and challenges, and connecting interested parties. Key actors in this process of collecting contributions from across Europe and beyond have been the initiative's ambassadors - the members of the high-level roundtable and our official partners.
- September 2020State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen
"I want NextGenerationEU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our Union a leader in the circular economy. But this is not just an environmental or economic project: it needs to be a new cultural project for Europe. [...] This is why we will set up a new European Bauhaus – a co-creation space where architects, artists, students, engineers, designers work together to make that happen. This is shaping the world we want to live in."