The European Commission has launched the design phase of the ‘New European Bauhaus’ initiative, an environmental, economic and cultural project that aims to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment in order to help to deliver the European Green Deal

Sustainability, aesthetics and inclusiveness. These are the core values of the New European Bauhaus, a creative initiative, breaking down boundaries between science and technology, art, culture and social inclusion, to allow design to find solutions for everyday problems. The European Commission has taken a step forward on this initiative, launching the design phase of the New European Bauhaus, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address.

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 stakeholders. 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. On the dedicated website launched, 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 challenges.

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.

The New European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project that aims to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment in order to help to deliver the European Green Deal, which has the goal of making Europe climate-neutral by 2050.

Started in 2017, the REZBUILD Project, an initiative backed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, is aligned with this strategy and has as main goal to develop a refurbishment ecosystem based on the integration of cost-effective technologies, business models and life cycle interaction for a deep Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation to diverse residential renovation typologies and interconnecting both, building renovation stages and stakeholders.

The initiative is driven by a consortium led by Officinae Verdi Group (Italy). The project is also integrated by Vias y Construcciones (Spain), MAETRICS (Italy), CARTIF (Spain), ESTIA (France), Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), Saint-Gobain Placo Iberica (Spain), ONYX Solar (Spain), SINTEF (Norway), OBOS (Norway), University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Rimond (Italy) and ZABALA (Spain).