Invitation to join the NEBC conference 'Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ 29/04

On behalf of all members of the New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC), ECIA invites you to participate in its online conference 'Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ on 29 April 2021 from 10 am to 4pm CET.

Launched by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the occasion of the State of the European Union last September, the New European Bauhaus aims to make the Green Deal a cultural, human-centered and positive, ‘tangible’ experience. It intends to bring about a green transformation of the built environment and the construction sector and at the same time trigger a broad discussion about future ways of living together, at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and innovation. By making the Renovation Wave a cultural project, the Commission initiates a fundamental shift, which can be a game-changer in the transition to a more sustainable economy and society.

The New European Bauhaus reflects an ambition that is shared by many citizens and decision-makers, namely to make our built and living spaces more sustainable, beautiful and inclusive.In their joint effort to support the New European Bauhaus, on Thursday 29 April 2021, members of the NEB Collective are organising on an online conference.In the spirit of the New European Bauhaus, this conference is designed to be a participatory and multidisciplinary event, enabling people from various academic and professional background to meet and exchange ideas on how to shape the New European Bauhaus.The event will aim to explore culture as a key driver of quality in the built environment. It will be an opportunity to debate how a holistic approach that considers and seeks to optimise drivers of sustainability, beauty and inclusiveness can contribute to design and achieve better living spaces, for the common good.

The conference will be opened by European Commission President, Ursula von der LEYEN, followed by keynotes speeches by Lionel DEVLIEGER, project leader at Rotor and Stine Marie JACOBSEN, a conceptual artist. A round table will bring together representatives from cities to discuss how local public authorities can translate this shared ambition into concrete initiatives and projects. A key part of the programme will consist of 11 break-out sessions, during which conference participants will be invited to discuss and express views on specific issues and challenges relating to the New European Bauhaus: education, quality, bio-sourced materials, sustainability, research, mobility, heritage, to name but a few. Outcomes of the debate will feed into the ongoing co-creation phase of the NEB initiative.

Also the interior architects and designers have a voice in this conversation and in the building of the New European Bauhaus! So join the conversation and let’s shape the New European Bauhaus together!

Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project- Online conference
By the New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC)
29 April 2021- from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm CEST


Free attendance. Conference languages: English and French.
Register here.

About the NEBC
The New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC) is a grouping of several pan-European organisations representing architects, spatial planners, landscape architects, interior architects, engineers, designers, artists, educators and researchers of the built environment, and more broadly the cultural and creative sectors. The NEBC is an official Partner of the New European Bauhaus initiative. In November, the NEB Collective released a Statement “Making the Renovation Wave a cultural project” to express initial views on the New European Bauhaus and offer its support to the Commission.

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