European Union “New European Bauhaus”

Tuesday 30 November 2021

On 15 September, in the framework of its Renovation Wave programme initiated in October 2020, the European Commission issued a Communication highlighting the main outcome of the “co-design phase” of the New European Bauhaus, a project aimed at creating “beautiful, sustainable and inclusive places, products and ways of living”, supporting the contribution to the Green Deal of the construction, furniture and fashion industries. The approach is participatory and transdisciplinary.

Based on the input received during the co-design phase, the Commission plans to implement a series of actions in three areas. All programmes highlighted below are explained in more deatil sin the Communication itself.

a) Making change happen in specific places on the ground:

The European Commission will:

  • launch calls for proposals, starting in September 2021, to select innovative pilot projects that are emblematic of the New European Bauhaus values, including dedicated calls under Horizon Europe on lighthouse demonstrators and on social, affordable, and sustainable housing districts demonstrators. In 2022, additional New European Bauhaus demonstrators will be supported by the European Urban Initiative. Beyond 2022, the approach will be pursued through synergies with the activities launched under the Horizon Europe Missions;
  • introduce a dedicated urban development financial instrument leveraging EU and private investment to support New European Bauhaus projects in Member States. Beyond project financing, it will also grant support for training and project implementation;
  • explore how to best support small scale projects building on the work of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology;
  • establish a New European Bauhaus Seal of Excellence to highlight projects of high quality that could not be financed by EU programmes because of budgetary constraints.

b) Transformation of the enabling environment for innovation:

The Commission will:

  • co-create, by 2022, transition pathways towards, notably, a green, digital, and resilient construction ecosystem through the High-Level Forum on Construction,
  • develop a self-assessment tool to measure to what extent a project is sustainable, inclusive, and aesthetic and help to identify where improvement is possible,
  • mobilise further the Horizon Europe programme to support the New European Bauhaus through research and innovation. The Commission will organise a high-level workshop on “research and innovation for the New European Bauhaus” to bring together leading experts to provide a forward-looking research and innovation agenda supporting the New European Bauhaus and feed into the
  • co-creation process of future Horizon Europe Work Programmes,
  • mobilise the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and the European Innovation Council (EIC) capacities to launch a first set of coordinated calls for proposals to address the key innovation challenges that will emerge from the transformation projects on the ground;
  • integrate the New European Bauhaus among the priorities of the LIFE Programme to support in particular projects promoting circularity, zero pollution and biodiversity;
  • mobilise Digital Innovation Hubs in the relevant sectors (including the construction) to develop real and virtual environments and experiences involving deep digital technologies (artificial intelligence, high performance computing, big data) to support the New European Bauhaus;
  • propose, as from 2021, topics and priorities contributing to the New European Bauhaus initiative in the Digital Europe Work Programmes;
  • promote innovative procurement in the context of the New European Bauhaus to foster an approach based on quality, sustainability, inclusion rather than just cost, including through the ”Big Buyers” initiative;

c) diffusion of new meanings

The Commission will:

  • propose to include under Erasmus+ a dedicated priority on the New European Bauhaus in the 2022 call for Alliances for Innovation, targeting both higher education and vocational education and training sectors and propose a priority for  the New European Bauhaus in the Erasmus+ European Youth Together 2022 call for projects supporting transnational partnerships for youth organisations
  • propose to support through Creative Europe ‘artists’ residencies and other  types of place-bound cultural activities in spaces identified or labelled by the New European Bauhaus;
  • organise the New European Bauhaus prize annually, highlighting different dimensions of the New European Bauhaus each year;
  • develop a peer learning action to help local authorities to integrate and implement quality principles in the built environment as developed by the Davos process and the Member States’ expert group established under the New European Agenda for Culture,
  • focus the eTwinning 2022 annual theme on topics related to the New European Bauhaus
  • propose topics related to the New European Bauhaus as part of the thematic priorities for the European Innovative Teaching Award 2022,
  • link the annual theme of the 2022 DiscoverEU action to the New European Bauhaus,
  • for the European Solidarity Corps annual call, propose projects that can contribute to the New European Bauhaus initiative.
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