The New European Bauhaus initiative (the NEB initiative) connects the European Green Deal to our daily lives and 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.
We are very excited to announce that we have become partners to the NEB initiative, and cannot wait to provide our know-how and ideas for the betterment of everyone’s future in the question of energy poverty.
The New European Bauhaus is a new movement in the making!
But what is it exactly?
- A bridge between the world of science and technology, art and culture.
- It is about connecting the green and digital worlds to transform our lives.
- It is also a way to address complex societal problems.
By creating connections, cutting across subjects and building on participation at all levels of society, the New European Bauhaus facilitates a movement to steer the transformation of our societies along three value systems:
- sustainability, from climate goals, to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity
- aesthetics, quality of experience and style, beyond functionality
- inclusion, from valuing diversity, to securing accessibility and affordability
The New European Bauhaus brings citizens, experts, businesses, and institutions together to reimagine sustainable living in Europe and beyond. Additionally, by creating a platform for experimentation and connection, the initiative supports change by also providing access to EU funding for a variety of sustainable, inclusive and most of all green projects, that can transform whole areas.
Perhaps the most important part of keeping the NEB going are partnerships. The NEB’s members act as sounding boards and key actors, whose actions within their respective communities address core values and dimensions of the NEB.
The partners usually have a large capacity for outreach, with the ability to:
- create new sustainable, inclusive urban and rural environments
- work with the community to create their own living spaces
- understand how a variety of perspectives are important
The work of a partner
Nonetheless, being a partner is more than just a title, as it should be fully committed to making the NEB a reality.
Through the organization of trans-disciplinary conferences, workshops, by identifying or starting projects that enact NEB principles in real life, as well as by co-creating new sustainable living situations with communities and institutions, the New European Bauhaus can become a real experience.
Habitat for Humanity International will be committed to engaging in mutually beneficial exchanges and inputs of the initiative, sharing information, as well as managing our projects in line with NEBs values and ideas, including improving the sustainability of the residential building stock in the region, aesthetics by making buildings look nicer and more comfortable for the life of its inhabitants, taking into account the specific and complex social structures of the inhabitants living in these buildings.
With our projects, we represent Central and Eastern part of Europe, where not all countries are EU Member States, however, their historical context and building stock does not differ that much. We seek conversation between the EU and non-EU members to learn from each other and ensure the knowledge transfer to better identify the missing pieces in the process of renovating this building stock and making sure it is changed. For our work, connecting the NEB initiative to non-EU countries is essential and can be a key convening aspect for relevance of our work.