What is the New European Bauhaus Initiative?

The New European Bauhaus initiative, promoted by the European Commission, connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces.

It calls on all Europeans to re-imagine and re-invent the places we live in, pushing for cross-disciplinary debates and ideas for aesthetic, inclusive and sustainable urban communities and habitats.

"I want NextGenerationEU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our Union a leader in the circular economy. But this is not just an environmental or economic project: it needs to be a new cultural project for Europe".

Ursula Von der Leyen

Our vision for the future of living spaces

We see the New European Bauhaus as an occasion to launch a debate on the future of our homes and the possibility to create new integrated living systems.

As the original Bauhaus activated a process of standardisation and rationalisation of home culture and housing construction, making it possible for everyone to have an adequate and functional living environment, the New European Bauhaus can act as a stimulus to rethink the concept of “home”.

To do so, it is necessary to go beyond the nuclear home model and to build an understanding of our living environments as increasingly “fluid and integrated systems of inhabiting”, expanding beyond our walls to local neighbourhoods and non-urban territories.

The Italian National Committee for Social Housing is promoting a series of three webinars with the objective to set off and coordinate a collective reflection between experts, practitioners and institutions on the future of the housing sector in Italy.

The webinars are developed within the framework of the New European Bauhaus initiative launched by the European Commission.

The cycle of webinars promoted by the Italian National Committee for Social Housing will take place on the Zoom.us platform on 21, 22 and 23 September 2021. The three events aim to turn the spotlight on a series of opportunities and challenges that can play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the housing sector in the country. The webinars will set the ground for a debate among stakeholders and institutions touching upon multiple topics, ranging from public-private partnerships to urban regeneration, territorial and social inclusion and community building.

Tuesday, September 21, from 10.00 to 12.00 am

The critical issue of public-private partnerships and possible lines of action to overcome related barriers frame the opening webinar Public and private: the partnership that is yet to come. A round table discussion engages relevant stakeholders, aiming at addressing the opportunities and criticalities of the public-private partnership. The goal is to build a collaborative front to operationalise this crucial tool in the development of regeneration projects and the production of new social housing.

Wednesday, September 22, from 3.00 to 5.00 pm

The second encounter is dedicated to
Inclusive territories and youth housing in Italy. Comparing experiences and models. Starting from the insight of four projects across Italy, the workshop imagines new forms of flexible and inclusive living for young people. Two youth policy experts lead a discussion on innovative ways of young living in different local contexts and explore the challenges arising when looking at the relationship between youth and home.

Thursday, September 23, from 3.00 to 5.00 pm

The final webinar Urban Regeneration and Community Building. Culture, well-being and integrative housing services presents the results of the questionnaire “Let’s imagine the home of the future together” addressing the inhabitants of social housing projects managed by the Committee across different Italian territories. The dialogue will focus on three themes: art and culture, greenery, and well-being and services.

"The New European Bauhaus is all about translating new needs into tangible outcomes in our cities "

A snapshot of the debate in Italy

"In the framework of the New European Bauhaus Initiative, the Italian National Committee for Social Housing organised three encounters to foster a debate on the future of housing and its present-day challenges across the Italian territories, calling for more united and adaptive approaches.

Read about the key messages from the series of events here": https://bit.ly/3Di78iv

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