IFLA Europe President Katerina Gkoltsiou at the kick-off conference project „Advancing the New European Bauhaus” 15 September2022

IFLA Europe President Katerina Gkoltsiou at the kick-off conference project „Advancing the New European Bauhaus” 15 September2022

This international online conference on 15.09.2022 marks the kick-off of the UBA flagship project “Advancing the New European Bauhaus” (AdNEB). The event features experts from the field and interesting discussions. The Goal of the “New European Bauhaus” initiative: climate adaptation and a better quality of life.

To transform the city as a whole is the main idea of the flagship project “AdNEB – Advancing the New European Bauhaus: Sustainable Mobility and Resilient Urban Spaces for a Better Quality of Life. The German Environment Agency (UBA) cordially invites you to take part in the international kick-off AdNEB conference on the 15th of September 2022, from 9:00 until 13:00 CEST.

Agenda & Registration

The event features experts from the field, such as the President of the German Environment Agency Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner as well as Ruth Reichstein (Advisory Board of the President of the European Commission) and Michela Magas (High Level Roundtable New European Bauhaus), who will jointly discuss in the opening panel the opportunities and challenges of the New European Bauhaus initiative to promote healthy, climate and environmentally friendly, high quality living for all, despite climate

Following a project introduction, there will be four parallel workshops:

“Transporting NEB into Urban Retrofits - are Serial Solutions the Answer?” will discuss cutting-edge approaches to serial energy renovations and serial approaches in general. The international panel along the question “to which extent can serial approaches to energy renovations and retrofits help advance the NEB’s goals?” features Ulla-Britt Krämer and Jan Kamphuis (INDU-ZERO), Jun. Prof. Jutta Albus (Chair of resource efficient building, TU Dortmund), Prof. Esra Kurul (School of the Build Environment, Oxford Brookes University) and Prof. Matthias Rudolf (Deputy chairman of the Department of Architecture, Uni Stuttgart)

“Making Cities Beautiful and Sustainable through Temporary Mobility Interventions for Children” will look at temporary interventions of (e.g. street openings) as a means of transformation by asking “how can temporary interventions drive permanent change towards children friendly urban transportation?”. With Peninah Ndegwa from Wow Mom (Nairobi / Kenya), Katja Kluge from the City of Chemnitz (Germany), and Jan Peter Glock of the German Environment Agency.

“Enhancing Urban Heat Resilience in Sponge Cities” is concerned with strategies for implementing sponge city concepts through nature-based solutions to mitigate urban heat. With Dr. Cinzia Davoli from the City of Milan (Italy), Dr. Liisa Andersen from the City of Vienna (Austria) and Andrea Nóblega from the Department of Geography Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).

“Compact, Green and Mobile: Supporting Resilient and Multifunctional Urban Spaces through Qualified Inner Urban Development” discusses new concepts of urban development which unite the built environment, urban green areas and mobility to envision the city as a whole. With Katerina Gkoltsiou, President of the IFLA Europe and Karl Eckert of the German Environment Agency.

A keynote by Prof. Dr. Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University (UK) and Utrecht University (NL) on “Environmental Politics in the Anthropocene City” will be a further highlight.

Please register to the online conference here: https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/en/kick-off-conference-of-the-project-advancing-the

More information on the AdNEB project can be found at:


We are looking forward to your participation at the event.

Background of AdNEB Project: project „Advancing the New European Bauhaus: AdNEB“ was started this year by the German Environment Agency. It is inspired by the EU Initiative of the New European Bauhaus and looks to extend the current focus of the EU Initiative to topics beyond construction and buildings. We plan to focus on topics of housing, open and green spaces,public as well as perceived health, climate change adaptation, environmental justice as well as active and sustainable mobility in the project. Briefly, some of the key components of the project include:

  • Evaluation of the impact of the coronavirus-pandemic on inner urban areas and urban green spaces,
  • Analysis of data on child health and living conditions in Germany,
  • Understanding how multifunctional green spaces directly contribute to climate change adaptation
  • Showing potentials for sustainable mobility through the implementation of “living labs”

Central to our considerations is the integrated planning of construction, green spaces and mobility options. By linking these aspects to each other, project looks to contribute to an improved framework of “qualified inner urban development” for cities. Important points of departure for our ideas include existing frameworks for qualified inner urban development, which we would look to expand upon, as well as our demand for the reduction of space dedicated to motorized individual transportation (see the Vision of the German Environment Agency „Tomorrow’s Cities“).

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