The New European Bauhaus

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The potentially relevant budgetary instruments are many: those of cohesion policy, Horizon Europe, including the missions in preparation, the European Innovation Council or the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the LIFE programme, to name a few. The New European Bauhaus support framework will most likely be composed of different funding sources that will be mobilised in different ways over time.

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The New European Bauhaus


"I want NextGenerationEU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our Union a leader in the circular economy. But this is not just an environmental or economic project: it needs to be a new cultural project for Europe."

Ursula Von der Leyen


The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative, convening a space of encounter to design future ways of living, situated at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology. 

It brings the Green Deal to our living places and calls for a collective effort to imagine and build a future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful for our minds and for our souls.


Beautiful means inclusive, accessible spaces where the dialogue between diverse cultures, disciplines, genders and ages becomes an opportunity to imagine a better place for all. It also means a more inclusive economy, where wealth is distributed and spaces are affordable.


Beautiful means sustainable solutions that create a dialogue between our built environment and the planet's ecosytems. It means to realise regenerative approaches inspired by natural cycles that replenish resources and protect biodiversity.


Beautiful means enriching experiences that respond to needs beyond our material dimension, inspired by creativity, art and culture. It means appreciating diversity as an opportunity to learn from each other.


About the initiative

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About the initiative

Ambitions, timeline and initial structure.

A sketch of a cyclist who is pedaling fast, with a person on a wheelchair attached to his bicycle


The New European Bauhaus initiative connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces. It calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.


The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary movement in the making, and you can be part of it!

  • It’s a platform for experimentation and connection, fostering collaboration across thinkers and doers who want to design our future ways of living together.
  • It’s a bridge between the world of science and technology and the world of art and culture.
  • It’s an invitation to change perspective and to look at our green and digital challenges as opportunities to transform our lives for the better.
  • It’s a fresh approach to finding innovative solutions to complex societal problems together through co-creation. The initiative aims to shape our thinking, behaviours, and markets around new ways of living and building, including by influencing public procurement.


The New European Bauhaus will:

  • Bring citizens, experts, businesses, and Institutions together and facilitate conversations about making tomorrow’s living spaces more affordable and accessible.
  • Mobilise designers, architects, engineers, scientists, students, and creative minds across disciplines to reimagine sustainable living in Europe and beyond.
  • Strive to improve the quality of our living experience. It will highlight the value of simplicity, functionality, and circularity of materials without compromising the need for comfort and attractiveness in our daily lives.
  • Provide financial support to innovative ideas and products through ad-hoc calls for proposals and through coordinated programs included in the Multi-Annual Financial Framework.



18 January 2021

The New European Bauhaus explained

A two-page note containing all the key features of this initiative



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What are the next concrete steps?

The New European Bauhaus unfolds in three phases: Co-design, Delivery and Dissemination.

The phases partly operate in parallel, as individuals and communities interested in the first ideas are most likely to become partners to deliver and scale up the initiative. The New European Bauhaus engages early through open conversations, to shape the concept in a large co-creation process. In parallel, the initiative needs to develop a framework of deliveries, to align with the ongoing planning of the Multi-annual Financial Framework.



A sketch of a tree. The roots are visible, and the soil is fertile.

From October 2020 to Summer 2021

In this phase we start shaping the movement by gathering and connecting what we all consider concrete contemporary examples that showcase principles of the New European Bauhaus. The most inspiring contributions will help all interested people to organise, trigger and participate to debates. An engagement toolkit is available to inspire the conversations and structure the collection of emerging ideas and insights.

A high-level round table with distinguished thinkers and practitioners, established through a series of semi-structured interviews, will serve as a sounding board for ideas and as community ambassadors. Drawing on the examples collected and on the conversations they generated, it will become clear how the New European Bauhaus initiative can boost, scale-up, and support the generation of beautiful, sustainable and inclusive places.

The outcome of the co-design phase will be a support framework based on EU programs, including a call for proposals for pilots in different EU Member States where the new Bauhaus concept will come to life.

Special prizes will be awarded in Summer 2021 to excellent contemporary examples that are in their own way already combining sustainability, quality of experience and inclusion, selected among the examples collected and reviewed/integrated by the enlarged community.



Define the concept and the engagement structure

  • How do we ensure the widest participation? How can we include different communities and cultures?
  • How can we help the communities we interact with to make sense of the contributions?
  • What are the ecosystems we build on?
  • When is the end result a success?
  • What kind of relevant instruments are there?
  • What kind of delivery options could be considered?


Engage & Harvest

  • How do high quality, sustainable, inclusive, affordable, translate in our communities?
  • What are possible gaps?
  • What are the themes that emerge?
  • What are the good intervention points?



  • What challenges and needs could drive the calls for proposals?
  • How do we measure change?
  • How do we empower the change that is most beneficial?



The same sketch of a tree, the trunk represents the five pilots

From September 2021 onward

This phase will start with the setup and implementation of New European Bauhaus pilots, supported by specific calls for proposals.They will be closely followed and monitored in a 'community of practice' mode, to share the lessons learned from these first experiments.

The focus of the dissemination phase will then be on diffusing good ideas, across Europe and beyond. This will be about networking and knowledge sharing, to identify open, replicable methods, solutions and prototypes, and make them available to cities, localities, architects and designers. It will be key to engage with citizens, businesses, academia, and to reinforce urban institutional capacities.

Flanking initiatives and additional policy instruments beyond the call for proposal will bring further structure to the movement and spread it through digital networks and engagement platforms.



The same sketch of a tree, the fruits are highlighted

From January 2023 onward

In the third phase, the focus will be on amplifying the ideas and actions that emerged and reaching a broader audience in Europe and beyond. 

It will be a lot about networking and systematically sharing knowledge between participants and practitioners - identifying the best methods, solutions, and prototypes, and making them available for cities, localities, architects, and designers. Keeping the conversations open and connecting participants with existing networks will be essential.

Finally, the New European Bauhaus will support the emergence of lead markets for beautiful, sustainable, inclusive ways of living.


Are you ready to join?

We are building the community that will co-design this initiative. Learn more here.

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