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IFLA Europe joined the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE), the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA), European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP), the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE), European network for higher arts education (ELIA), German Academy for Urban and Regional Spatial Planning (DASL) and Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) and issued a joint statement on the New European Bauhaus - Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project
The New European Bauhaus as a cultural project aims to make the change advanced by the European Green Deal happen by design. The New European Bauhaus as a co-creation space intended to be a bridge between science and technologies on one side, and arts and design on the other. It is planned to be both a think tank and a do tank to challenge and re-imagine three dimensions - sustainability (including circularity), qualitative experience (including aesthetics) and inclusiveness (including affordability). The New European Bauhaus will be set up in three phases: Design, Deliver and Diffuse. We encourage all our members to endorse this statement and disseminate it underlining that IFLA EUROPE equally contributed in this important process.
On 4 December 2020 Karin Helms, IFLA Europe President and Indra Purs, IFLA Europe EU Policies Working Group Chair, together with New Bauhaus Initiative statement signatories had a virtual meeting with the representatives of the European Commission institutions responsible for the New European Bauhaus: Catherine Magnant, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in charge of Cultural Policy, Xavier Troussard, Head of Unit DG JRC I.2 Joint Research Centre in charge of New European Bauhaus and Hughes Becquart European Commission, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture in charge of Creative Europe. The general vision is to make the New European Bauhaus the long-lasting cultural quality movement grounded in and inclusive for all European society.
Xavier Troussard invited participating European organisations that represent professionals - a well-placed sense makers and co-creators - to be partners for the design phase and to propose their engagement tools to conduct conversations with all social and interest groups especially young generation and voiceless voices to sense the dreams and dislikes from the ground. The outcome of design phase should support EU framework in all relevant programmes.