Bauhaus, officially Staatliches Bauhaus, was a German school that aimed to combine art and craftsmanship with design and architecture. It was founded in 1919, after the World War I, and forced to close in 1933 by the Nazi regime. The name “Bauhaus” comes from “Hausbau”, which means “house building”. The name reflected the goal of the school, which was to “build houses” and its content in a different and creative way. It was so successful that its ideas still resonate nowadays in design and architecture.
The European Commission (EC), inspired by this example, launched the New European Bauhaus initiative with much more ambitious goals. In an innovative and experimental way, like the original Bauhaus, this initiative aspires to combine sustainability, inclusion, technology, and culture. In other words, it aims to project “a new way of living together” inside the European Union.
The initiative consists of three phases: co-design, delivery, and dissemination. The co-design phase ended on 30th June 2021 and was a preparation for the second phase. Discussions throughout the European Union and among professionals from different areas were promoted to reach a common understanding about the path to follow. Information about the process, as well as the contributions and the examples gathered, are available here .
The delivery phase started on 15th September 2021 and will last until January 2023, when the third phase, dissemination will start. In order to put in motion the ideas generated in the first phase, the EC has/will open calls in three domains:
. Places on the ground : «Supporting the concrete transformation of the built environment and associated lifestyles at local level»
. Enabling environment for innovation : «Supporting innovation aimed at integrating sustainability, inclusion, and aesthetics in new solutions and products»
. Diffusion of new meanings : «Questioning our perspectives and mind-set around the core values of aesthetics, sustainability and inclusion»
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