Contribute to the New European Bauhaus initiative this Spring

We all have the possibility to contribute to the EU’s Green Deal pilots and agenda during Spring 2021. 
Aalto New European Bauhaus proposals Photo: Aleksi Poutanen
Smart Kalasatama neighbourhood in Helsinki. Photo: Aleksi Poutanen

The New European Bauhaus initiative connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces. It calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls. The EU commission gathers concrete insights and ideas for its investments during the co-design phase in Spring 2021. 

‘We now have a unique opportunity to directly influence the EU Commission, and which topics they take on their agenda. Normally, many people would try to lobby the Commission to take up themes that they find important, but calls would come from the Commission and we could then try to respond to them. This time the process is the opposite – the Commission is actually asking us what we think would be important or meaningful in the future,' says Professor Anna Valtonen, who has been involved in discussing and developing several EU initiatives.   

European Commission has promised to go through all the proposals they’ll get by the end of April 2021. ‘No-one knows yet which themes will emerge as the desired building blocks of New European Bauhaus. We all can and should contribute to this now’, Valtonen encourages. 

What would be the future Nordic way of living and building our communities sustainably, inclusively and aesthetically within the planetary boundaries? Aalto encourages everyone in our community to share their ideas and examples and challenges we need to solve to achieve this paradigm shift to resource-wisdom. 

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Participate in the New European Bauhaus events 

This list will be updated. Let us know if you are organising one.

All events here are on Finnish time (Eastern European Time, EET) 

  • March 24, 2021, 13.00 – 17.00: Nordic co-design: New European Bauhaus. Chairman: Matti Kuittinen. Organiser: Ministry of the Environment Finland.

  • March 25, 10.00 – 13.30: New European Bauhaus Partners event via WEBEX for all official partners (by invitation only)

  • April 20, 13.00 – 14.30: New European Bauhaus Lunch talk. Speakers: Ruth Reichstein, Policy Analyst and Deputy Head of I.D.E.A. 2 and Dagmar Croes, I.D.E.A., Service Department of the European Commission. More info and register.

  • April 22, 15.00 – 18.30 & April 23, 14.00 – 18.00: Conversations on the New European Bauhaus. Opening remarks: Ursula von der Leyen. More info here

  • April 28, 13.00 –17.00 EET: Nordic Co-design event 2: Sustainable aesthetics in the built environment. Organiser: Ministry of the Environment Finland. Register

  • April 28, 18.00 – 20.00 EET. LASERtalk: Adaptation and Space. Organiser: Aalto University. 

  • May 5, 14.00 – 17.00 EET: Beyond sustainability-as-usual: co-creating transformative change in sustainable living. Chair: Idil Gaziulusoy. Bauhaus remarks: Anna Valtonen. Aalto University’s main New European Bauhaus partner event. REGISTER

  • May 6, 2021, 10.30 –12.00 EET: Carbon-smart Urban Landscape. Organiser: Aalto University. Register.

  • May 8, 2021, The National Bauhaus event in Finnish. Co-organised by European Commission, Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Culture and Education.

  • May 19, 2021, 13.00 – 16.00 EET: Wood Architecture and Design in Bauhaus. Co-organised by Aalto University, Nordic Wood Cities and Ministry of the Environment. Register  

  • June 6, 12.00 – 14.00 EET. What should designers and city planners know about biochar? Place: Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 627 6824 2985. Organiser: Aalto University, Mikko Jalas

  • September 8 –29, 2021: Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition at Otaniemi & online, Organiser: Aalto University 


Additional information: 

Enni Äijälä, Specialist, partners and outreach 
Aalto Leadership Support Services 
+358 50 359 4810 
[email protected] 


The New European Bauhaus home pages

New European Bauhaus: Beautiful, Sustainable, Together

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Aalto is a partner in the New European Bauhaus initiative

The EU initiative imagines future ways of living by combining design, culture, social inclusion, science and technology.

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Beyond sustainability-as-usual: co-creating transformative change in sustainable living

Aalto's main event in New European Bauhaus concentrates on radically bold questions.

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Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021

In a world of plenty, what is wise to design for the next generations? This year's theme is Resource wisdom, and a university-wide event will take place in September 2021.

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