The European Bauhaus, an opportunity to shift paradigms and shape our buildings

(EurActiv, 9 Feb 2021) While the European Commission is well-positioned to initiate the development and implementation of a new European Bauhaus, it must be truly open to the ideas of a wide array of contributors and committed to supporting a diversity of perspectives, writes Oliver Rapf.

Oliver Rapf is Executive Director at the Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE).

I had the privilege to speak at one of the very first events discussing the new European Bauhaus, organised by the Active House Alliance in late January this year. Just before on 18 January, the European Commission launched the first of three phases of the initiative.

It was reassuring to hear from Xavier Troussard, Head of Unit at the European Commission, that the EU has launched support to facilitate, convene, grow and scale up (“Design, Deliver and Disseminate” in the language of the EU) a new European Bauhaus movement, with values of sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusiveness at its core.

Citizens and organisations are invited to submit ideas to the Commission to facilitate the sharing of suggestions, in order to co-create the concept in at least five different member states, bringing together the full range of stakeholders affecting the building sector.

The Bauhaus of the twentieth century was borne during an unprecedented time in history. It was a response to the traumatic experience of the First World War and the social, economic and political crisis which followed.

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EurActiv, 9 Feb 2021: The European Bauhaus, an opportunity to shift paradigms and shape our buildings