26. April 2021

New Euro­pean Bauhaus Prize

Ideas for a cli­mat-neu­tral Europa

The New Euro­pean Bauhaus ini­tia­tive calls on all Euro­peans to devel­op and real­ize a com­mon vision of a cli­mate-neu­tral Europe and a sus­tain­able and inclu­sive, aes­thet­i­cal­ly, intel­lec­tu­al­ly and emo­tion­al­ly appeal­ing future. The asso­ci­at­ed New Euro­pean Bauhaus Prize is intend­ed to rec­og­nize exist­ing projects and new project ideas.

To sup­port the goal of the Euro­pean Green Deal, the EU Com­mis­sion has launched the “New Euro­pean Bauhaus / Neues Europäis­ches Bauhaus” ini­tia­tive. It aims to estab­lish a link between the Euro­pean Green Deal and the liv­ing spaces and real­i­ties of peo­ple in Europe. One com­po­nent of the ini­tia­tive is the New Euro­pean Bauhaus Award, which rec­og­nizes exist­ing projects and new project ideas. The prize aims to make vis­i­ble exam­ples and con­cepts that show how beau­ti­ful, sus­tain­able and inclu­sive places already exist today in local regions and com­mu­ni­ties and pave the way for the future.

Prizes will be award­ed in ten dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, with two par­al­lel strands of com­pe­ti­tion in each of the categories:

New Euro­pean Bauhaus Awards for com­plet­ed examples/projects.
New Euro­pean Bauhaus Ris­ing Stars for con­cepts or ideas sub­mit­ted by young tal­ents under the age of 30.

On April 22 and 23, the first New Euro­pean Bauhaus Con­fer­ence already took place, where sev­er­al thou­sand peo­ple from dif­fer­ent areas of busi­ness, soci­ety and pol­i­tics exchanged ideas on how to achieve a cli­mate-neu­tral Europe. The main focus was on how tech­no­log­i­cal devel­op­ment can be com­ple­ment­ed by cul­tur­al, emo­tion­al and aes­thet­ic dimen­sions. Par­tic­i­pants in the con­fer­ence includ­ed Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Ursu­la von der Leyen, archi­tect Bjarke Ingels, Francesca Bria (econ­o­mist and social sci­en­tist and UN advi­sor), Hans Joachim Schellnhu­ber (founder and long-time direc­tor of the Pots­dam Insti­tute for Cli­mate Impact Research), Dan­ish artist Ola­fur Elias­son, Päivi Tahkokalli (pres­i­dent of the Bureau of Euro­pean Design Asso­ci­a­tions BEDA) and many oth­er inspir­ing peo­ple. The record­ings of the pre­sen­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions can be found on the Euro­pean Commission’s website.