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The New European Bauhaus presents "Radical yet possible future space solution" – a collateral event of the 18th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

For the first time, the European Union participated with an event in the International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia on 25-26 May 2023. Following the central theme of the Biennale Architettura 2023, “Laboratory of the Future”, and in line with the objectives of the New European Bauhaus, the conference was designed as a radical, intellectual and practical laboratory of the future.

The event allowed experts, students, and visitors to experiment, discover and design the future with the power of their minds.

The participants reflected on radical, yet possible, human actions leading to a better use of space and resources. In particular, they discussed new ways of living, and how to go beyond the conviction that the future of the humankind is bound to already existing solutions.

Re-watch the event here.

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  • Day1 students arriving
  • Day1 internal preparation
  • Shigeru Ban
  • Shigeru Ban2
  • Anna Heringer
  • Anna Heringer and Shigeru Ban
  • Question1
  • Workshop

DAY 1. 25 May

Activation of collective thinking

Six groups of experts and students joined parallel discussions in the “Radical NEB Labs” to work towards collective solutions for a sustainable, inclusive and beautiful future, understood as new ways of living, learning, designing, building, energy and material sourcing.

Location: Ca’Tron - IUAV

  1. 15.00 - 15.15

    Introduction by Francesca Bria

  2. 15.15 - 16.15

    Masterclasses: Anna Heringer and Shigeru Ban

  3. 16.15 - 16.30

    Introduction to the topics of the workshops by John Schellnhuber

  4. 16.30 - 18.00

    6 parallel Radical NEB Labs

DAY 2. 26 May

From collective thinking to creative disputes

Re-watch the event.

Location: Palazzo Tolentini - IUAV

  1. 11.00 - 11.10

    Welcome by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro (TBC)

    Welcome by the rector of the university IUAV, Benno Albrecht

  2. 11.10 – 11.30

    Opening speech by the President von der Leyen

  3. 11.30– 12.00

    Dialogue between President von der Leyen and Professor Lesley Lokko

  4. 12.00 – 13.00
    Panel 1

    Introduction by the reporters of the Lab 1 and Lab 2, Eva Franch i Gilabert and Orla Murphy

    Speakers: José Luis de Vicente, Michael John Gorman, Clara Latini, Markus Reymann. Facilitator: Michela Magas

    Panel 1: NEB as a catalyst of new mind-sets to support the goals of the Green Deal.


13.00 - 14.30 Lunch break
  1. 14.30 - 14.45

    Curators Speeches: Wael Al Awar, Francesca Bria, John Schellnhuber

  2. 14.45 - 15.45
    Panel 2

    Introduction by the reporters of the Lab 3 and Lab 4, Sheela Patel and Jose Pedro Sousa

    Speakers: JoséPedro Sousa, Xu Tiantian, Gerfried Stocker, Aric Chen. Facilitator: Sheela Patel

    Panel 2: Emergent architectures for climate justice and an inclusive digital future.

  3. 15.45 – 16.45
    Panel 3

    Introduction by the reporters of the Lab 5 and Lab 6, Giulia Foscari and Pia Maier Schriever to the Panel 3

    Speakers: Giulia Foscari, Edgar Peterse, Benno Albrecht, Carlo Barbante. Facilitator: Pia Maier Schriever

    Panel 3: The global commons and climate change: Venice reporting from the front.

  4. 16.45 – 17.00


    by the curators, Wael Al Awar, Francesca Bria, John Schellnhuber

  5. 17.00 – 17.15

    Closing speech by Commissioner Elisa Ferreira

  6. 17.15



The two-day Collateral Event was organised by the New European Bauhaus in cooperation with Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV).

Day 1: Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce 1957

Day 2: Aula Magna Tolentini, Santa Croce 191

Contact & Press

Organiser team:

JRC-New-European-Bauhausatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (NEB Team)


Press release

Contact press:

adalbert [dot] jahnzatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Adalbert Jahnz)

celia [dot] dejondatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (Célia Dejond)