Today, the Commission launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by
President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address. The New European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural
project, aiming to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment in order to help deliver the European
Green Deal. The core values of the New European Bauhaus are thus sustainability, aesthetics and inclusiveness. The goal of the design
phase is to use a co-creation process to shape the concept by exploring ideas, identifying the most urgent needs and challenges, and to
connect interested parties. As one element of the design phase, this spring, the Commission will launch, the first edition of the New
European Bauhaus prize.
This design phase will lead to the opening of calls for proposals
in autumn this year to bring to life New European Bauhaus ideas in at least five places in EU Member States, through the use of EU funds
at national and regional level.
European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, said:
"The New European Bauhaus is a project of hope to explore how we live better together after the pandemic. It is about matching
sustainability with style, to bring the European Green Deal closer to people's minds and homes. We need all creative minds: designers,
artists, scientists, architects and citizens, to make the New European Bauhaus a success.”
The New European Bauhaus is a creative
breaking down boundaries between science and technology, art, culture and social inclusion, to allow design to find solutions for
On the dedicated website launched today, artists, designers,
engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, architects, students, and all interested people can share examples of inspiring achievements for
the New European Bauhaus, their ideas about how it should be shaped and how it should evolve, as well as their concerns and
This is the beginning of an innovative co-design process. Organisations that
want to put more effort into their engagement in this process can become ‘Partners of the New European Bauhaus,' by responding to the
call on the website.
In the coming months, the Commission will award prizes to existing
examples that represent the integration of the key values of the initiative, and that may inspire the discussions about, and the
transformation of, the places where we live.
In the next phase of the initiative – the
‘delivery' phase, five pilot projects will be set up to co-design new sustainable and inclusive solutions with style. The objective of
the third phase – ‘dissemination', is to spread the ideas and concepts defining the New European Bauhaus via new projects, networking
and sharing of knowledge, in Europe and beyond.