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New European Bauhaus
Project

Actions for Ukraine

From providing emergency assistance to rebuilding Ukraine.

Ukraine NEB Lab
Standing with Ukraine: How the NEB can do its bit
New European Bauhaus Festival © European Union, 2022

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the creative sector and NEB partners have actively helped with the emergency situation. Moreover, the community (from education to heritage and the arts, designers to architects, etc.) clearly called on the New European Bauhaus initiative to get further involved.  

As a first action, a group of high-level roundtable members and partners coordinated the implementation of the ‘Paper Partition System’. They showed the strength of the NEB network by putting in place a simple yet efficient solution to address the lack of privacy in temporary housing (e.g. public buildings or sports centres) where displaced Ukrainians took shelter at the beginning of the war.   The system allows each family to have a dedicated space separated with paper tube frames and textile divisions that are easy to assemble. [photos]

In parallel, the reflection started in Ukraine about a reconstruction that would bring the country into a more sustainable and inclusive future, upholding a sense of identity and belonging rooted in the local culture. The EU is exploring how best to support such a rebuilding process. As the President of the Commission put it in a recent speech in Rome, «We will reconstruct Ukraine. It is not only in our interest, but it is our moral duty. When we do it, let's do it in the right way. Let's do it in the spirit of the New European Bauhaus».

Beyond its values and principles, the role of the New European Bauhaus could be one of connecting ongoing initiatives. By using the strength and collective intelligence of the network, providing content and guidance to the continuing work of colleagues (e.g., rebuilding taskforce), and connecting needs with available support. Short-term emergency solutions must be connected to long-term reconstruction and development objectives to avoid wasting money and energy. 

In such a context, the NEB provides a framework aligned with EU policies, connecting sustainability, social inclusion, and cultural challenges well recognised by the Ukrainian partners.

The work is organised into three pilot activities:

1. Housing urgency
Objective: to develop a typology of possible solutions to address the urgent housing needs of internally displaced people in Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees in the EU. Moreover, to compare alternative solutions and provide guidance for relevant public authorities.

2. Circular housing
Objective: to contribute to the preparation of sustainable design and engineering in reconstructing Ukraine by 1) collecting potential solutions for recycling and re-using demolished buildings and infrastructure and 2) researching circular construction methods using Ukrainian resources.

3. Capacity building
Objective: to set up a webinar training system for local municipalities in Ukraine.

Particular attention will be paid to the following framing conditions: 

  • All forces should be pointed towards giving a sense of purpose and redirecting refugees back to Ukraine as soon as possible to avoid brain drain and lack of workforce in the long run inside Ukraine. Therefore equal partnerships and co-development of projects are essential. 
  • Support for urgency management and reconstruction should also aim at rebuilding the Ukrainian economy, privileging options that can be implemented by Ukrainians, creating jobs, up-skilling the workforce, and adapting the industrial ecosystem in Ukraine.

Project milestones

  • June 2022: World Urban Forum - first meeting Mayors for pilots, NEB National Contact Points meeting
  • July 2022: Sessions with the NEB community and Ukrainian network
  • August - October 2022: Stock-taking, three pilots a) housing urgency, b) circular housing, c) capacity building webinars
  • October - November 2022:  Expert review reports
  • November - December 2022: Sessions with the NEB community
  • January - March 2023: Launch of capacity-building webinars and info sessions

Participation in the project

A series of capacity-building webinars, lectures and info sessions will become available in the first quarter of 2023. The webinars will be based on the outcomes of the pilot projects and will be open to Ukrainians, NEB partners and international experts interested in getting involved in the reconstruction of the country.

Project team coordinators

Project team contributors

Contact

EC-New-European-Bauhaus@ec.europa.eu

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