New European Bauhaus


New European Bauhaus

The Commission launched, at the same time as the Renovation wave strategy, the initiative on the New European Bauhaus. The initiative is both a network and a contact point at the crossroads between culture, social inclusion and innovation. The New European Bauhaus is a movement and is considered an ideal platform for the nature-based materials made by EPF members for construction, furniture, packaging and other end-uses. It unfolds in 3 phases: Co-design, Delivery and Dissemination

The Co-design phase was launched on 18 January 2021 and closed in June 2021. In this period EPF focused on 3 actions:

  • Co-foundation of the wood4bauhaus Alliance together with InnovaWood, the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS). It has also the support of the Horizon 2020 project consortia BASAJAUN and WoodCircus.
  • Achievement of NEB partner status for the w4b Alliance. Wood is an extremely versatile material, and a circular material par excellence. Long-life products using wood can store carbon for decades or even centuries in buildings and living spaces.
  • Hosting of an international conference to raise awareness for the transformative power of the Circular Economy, put a spotlight on the versatility of innovative wood-based products and building systems, and propose dedicated co-creation partnerships with the wood sector for the New European Bauhaus. This welcomed more than 1000 participants and featured keynote presentations from Professor John Schellnhuber and Mrs Ruth Reichstein.

The Delivery phase began on 15 September 2021 with a Communication on the New European Bauhaus. Inspired by the views and experiences of thousands of EU citizens and organisations who joined the co-design of the New European Bauhaus from January to June 2021, four thematic axes will now guide its implementation:

  • Reconnecting with nature;
  • Regaining a sense of belonging;
  • Prioritising the places and people that need it most;
  • Fostering long term, life cycle thinking in the industrial ecosystem.

Following the publication of the Communication, the First New European Bauhaus Prizes Awards were held, and one of the 20 winners included a design project featuring plywood in Spain. Central to the Delivery phrase are now 5 pilot projects, for which a tender has been issued.

A second conference of the wood4bauhaus Alliance could strongly feature some of the outcomes of the European Commission supported BASAJAUN project. The main objective of this project is to demonstrate how wood construction chains can be optimised to foster both rural development and urban transformation whilst being connected with sustainable forest management in Europe.

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