Important steps for a new philosophy of building in Brussels and Brandenburg

09/17/2021 - The European Commission has set out the framework and key actions to drive the New European Bauhaus initiative forward after comprehensive talks earlier this month, when the Highlevel Roundtable with PIK founder John Schellnhuber met with EU President Ursula von der Leyen. Today, the Brandenburg government together with the Federal Ministry for the Environment joined forces with “Bauhaus der Erde”, a non-profit organization with the objective to transform the way we construct and maintain the built environment.
Important steps for a new philosophy of building in Brussels and Brandenburg
PIK founder John Schellnhuber and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen at the Highlevel Roundtable in Brussels. (Photo: European Commission)

The New European Bauhaus is an interdisciplinary initiative to design future ways of living, situated at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology. Aligned to the European Green Deal, it calls for a collective effort to imagine and build a future that matches sustainability with good design, needs less carbon and that is inclusive and affordable for all. In a State of the Union, the Commission now promised 85 million Euros from EU programmes over the next years dedicated to New European Bauhaus projects.

Just a day after this breakthrough, the Minister for Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, Manja Schüle, announced a strategic partnership with “Bauhaus der Erde” as well as substantial funding in a press conference with the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for the Environment, Florian Pronold, and the former Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, John Schellnhuber who is also the founder of Bauhaus der Erde.

The support of the federal government and the state of Brandenburg also takes into account the dynamic the New European Bauhaus project of Ursula von der Leyen. "For the green Bauhaus movement of the 21st century, this is a kind of big bang," Schellnhuber said. The promised government co-financing could become "critical energy" for the initiative to turn the world's buildings around in the direction of organic architecture and polycentric spatial design.

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