As an official Partner of the New European Bauhaus and the European Commission’s NEB team, BEDA has been involved in the New European Bauhaus initiative from the beginning. BEDA supports the initiative’s vision to create a more sustainable and inclusive future through design, and has been actively promoting the initiative among its members and the wider design community. BEDA’s involvement in the New European Bauhaus is an example of how the design industry can contribute to addressing some of the most pressing challenges facing Europe today.
The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative that connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences.
The New European Bauhaus initiative calls on all of us to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.
Beautiful are the places, practices, and experiences that are:
Enriching, inspired by art and culture, responding to needs beyond functionality.
Sustainable, in harmony with nature, the environment, and our planet.
Inclusive, encouraging a dialogue across cultures, disciplines, genders and ages.
“If the European Green Deal has a soul, then it is the New European Bauhaus which has led to an explosion of creativity across our Union”
Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
How is BEDA involved in NEB?
Read more about how BEDA is involved in New European Bauhaus and why this is important for design, in the Prosperity section.
Four Calls to Participate in New European Bauhaus Festival 2024
In April 2024, the European Commission organises the second edition of the New European Bauhaus Festival and we invites you to be part of it! Deadline for the applications – 15 Sept 2023.
On the theme of “Resources for all”, the 2024 edition of the hybrid event will bring together people from all across Europe and the world to debate how we can shape a sustainable, inclusive and beautiful future.
The New European Bauhaus Festival encompasses four key pillars:
Forum – a platform for engaging discussions and the exchange of ideas surrounding the New European Bauhaus.
Fair – a laboratory and exhibition highlighting projects and prototypes that align with and support the core values of the New European Bauhaus.
Fest – a celebration that unites culture, art, and conviviality, serving as a moment of collective rejoicing, honouring freedom of expression and embracing radical, innovative, and disruptive ideas and visions.
Satellite events: events and initiatives organised independently in Brussels and beyond, with core activities in line with the New European Bauhaus values
Calls for applications
Interested organisations and individuals can propose their own activities, projects or satellite events to one of the three calls to become a spotlight feature of The Festival. The fourth call is the call for media partners.
If you are organising an event or initiative aligned with the NEB values in April 2024, it can become a Satellite Event as part of the Festival. Your event can take place in Brussels, the EU or anywhere in the world.
New Guidance for Wind Energy Projects in a World Heritage Context
UNESCO published a new guidance tool to enhance mutual understanding and achieve improved and constructive cooperation between the deployment of wind energy projects and the conservation of the world’s most precious heritage places. ICOMOS – International Council on Monuments and Sites (NEB Partner) significantly contributed to document development.
In March, the NEB together with Ukrainian partners (Covenant of Mayors East, Ro3kvit, ReThink) and NEB Partners (Architects’ Council of Europe, Housing Europe and Eurocities) will launch a capacity-building programme for Ukrainian municipalities to prepare for reconstruction.
These and other NEB activities in Ukraine will be boosted through a new ‘Phoenix’ initiative. As an immediate step, it will present Ukrainian cities with cutting-edge expertise from the NEB community in affordable and sustainable reconstruction.
It will also connect Ukrainian cities with like-minded cities in the EU to exchange knowledge and experience on climate neutrality and energy efficiency. It will combine funding from the Horizon Europe Mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities and from the LIFE Programme, with immediate mobilisation of at least €7 million for these preparatory actions.
The New European Bauhaus supports a movement towards sustainable communities, inclusive dialogues, and purposeful activities. The role of its partners is to help build and inspire these communities while acting as sounding boards and key spokespersons for the initiative.
Who can apply for a partnership?
Any entity, except for-profit organisations and public authorities, can become New European Bauhaus official partners. The call for partners of the New European Bauhaus is permanently open.
Partners are organisations with a significant outreach capacity who are trusted members of their communities. Their core activities address one or more dimensions of the New European Bauhaus. They promote the priorities and core values of the European Union: human rights: freedom, democracy, equality and rule of law.
What will partners do?
Partners commit to organising several types of activities, for example:
Initiating discussions around how diverse professions and disciplines can interpret and enrich the initiative. This could be achieved through organising trans-disciplinary conversations, meetings, and conferences.
Identifying or embarking on projects, practices or concepts that enact the New European Bauhaus principles and share them with the public.
Co-creating beautiful, sustainable, inclusive living experiences in collaboration with citizens and institutions.
Many more activities are possible as long as they are concrete and contribute to achieving the objectives of the New European Bauhaus.
The initiative by the European Commission for beautiful, sustainable and inclusive forms of living.
New Resources for Architecture Professionals and Policy Makers to Create High-Quality Living Environments
Born out of the 2019-2022 EU work plan for culture, the report “Towards a shared culture of architecture – Investing in a high-quality living environment for everyone” was published as the European Commission launched the New European Bauhaus initiative.
The New European Bauhaus Compass is a guiding framework for decision and project-makers wishing to apply the NEB principles and criteria to their activities. The Compass proposes directions for developing NEB projects and lays the foundation for more detailed assessment tools.
The NEB Compass describes the three core values of the initiative and traces the path for a project to become truly “NEB”. To achieve this, the Compass also sets out three working principles that apply across the system of values. For each value and for each working principle, the NEB Compass presents three levels of ambition, to inspire and guide the design of a project from its first stages. It does this mainly through questions and examples.