Join us at the New European Bauhaus Collective Conference ‘Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ on 29 April 2021 from 10am to 4pm CET!

Join us at the New European Bauhaus Collective Conference ‘Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ on 29 April 2021 from 10am to 4pm CET!

Dear Delegates, dear Presidents and Secretariats of National Associations, dear members and partners of IFLA EUROPE,

We are proud to invite you to a high-level New European Bauhaus Collective Conference ‘Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’ which will take place online on 29 April 2021 from 10am to 4pm CET!

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.

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. 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. IFLA EUROPE as NEB Collective partner will participate in two breakout sessions:

LAB 3/UNCOMMON GROUND:session on rural areas: Working with rural societies is critical to any re-thinking of our relationship with ecology. The urgent need to take stock of the complex and disturbing nature-cultural dynamics that are de-structuring the habitability of the planet is acutely understood in our varied and contested country-sides. This session will aim to discuss how design and philosophy can help to conceptualise and realise rural futures that are biodiverse, inclusive and innovative. Facilitated by ARENA and IFLA-Europe.

LAB 4/SEEING THE CITY AS A LANDSCAPE: How can cities become more integrative, and is there a way for them to rediscover their living base? This is one of the questions covered by this break-out session, with reference to various experiences, approaches and visions for the city of tomorrow. The idea of an ‘augmented landscape’ –adapting tomorrow’s urban and rural territories to climate challenges to meet the societal needs of a territory more in touch with its longstanding roots –is the subject for discussion regarding the future of European inhabited territories. Facilitated by IFLA-Europe.

Read the full programme here - NEBC Conference Programme

Please click here to register REGISTER HERE

Interpretation in French-English will be provided.
The conference will be web-streamed live from the ACE website.

About the NEBC

The New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC) is a grouping of several pan-European organisations including IFLA EUROPE, 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. NEBC is an official partner of the NEB initiative.

The NEB Collective released in November 2020 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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