The New European Bauhaus aims to initiate inviting conversations and collecting contributions about beautiful, sustainable and inclusive forms of living. As proud partner of this initiative, we hope to work between the scales, concentrating on cross-border discussion, between cities, regions, countries, reaching to megaregional Eurodelta impact and towards European exchange.
As a facilitating partner, we are working on a framework to support the New European Bauhaus initiative and bridge the gap between European agendas and Dutch agendas. This will be a stepping stone towards creating a common ground for sustainable and liveable cities and regions. We invite all our members, partners and collaborators to support us in this role, we welcome your ideas and initiatives, to create relevant collaborations, exchanging knowledge and promote calls to action. Have a look at the sections below to find out more about our New European Bauhaus vision and activities.
Setting the agenda
At Deltametropolis Association, we strongly believe that to enact change, the exchange of knowledge and new collaborations is fundamental. As an association of parties from very different backgrounds and sectors we focus on bridging gaps. Based on recent experiences in combining design quality and research our agenda within NEB program, will focus on research by design. Research by design has seen a steady development as a method in the Netherlands to explore solutions for spatial and societal challenges. As a part of the results of various projects, we have accomplished a thorough compilation of research by design projects from the Netherlands and Eurodelta.
These compiled projects will be the point of departure, to derive spatial concepts that connect to the European Green Deal, on the Dutch and the Eurodelta scale. Reflecting upon the Research by Design projects will follow two steps, (i) expert impact assessment reviews together with NEB partners at Dutch and Eurodelta scale, and (ii) reviewing broader societal relevance. With the relevant stakeholders, we will then discuss which spatial concepts are feasible, on which scale and together with which partners we will continue encouraging the process and methodology. By doing this, we aim to facilitate the step from research and design towards implementation.
In this journey towards building a sustainable future, we believe it is fundamental to include young planners and designers. At Deltametropolis Association, we are currently working on projects that focus on developing visions for the future in collaboration with the young planners and designers. This is happening both from the Dutch perspective ( NL2100 ) and the Eurodelta ( Next Generation Podium ) perspective. For our NEB program, we will continue in this direction and use our existing network to include the young generation planners and designers in our discussions.
Take on the New European Bauhaus
Shaping beautiful, sustainable and inclusive forms of living together stands centrally at the New European Bauhaus initiative, and strongly resonates Deltametropolis Association’s mission. Envisioning a liveable, resilient and green metropolis, build upon an integrated spatial planning approach.
The housing, climate and energy transitions that our society is facing have a clear spatial dimension. These transitions require creativity, interdisciplinarity and a plan of action that brings together experts, citizens and societal organisations, to come to an integrated spatial strategy. The New European Bauhaus initiative encourages this by building an open community to articulate international cooperation and national efforts with local initiatives. As an independent association for metropolitan development, we connect governments, businesses, institutes and experts that share our mission. Over the years we have developed a strong network in the Netherlands and Eurodelta, and as a member of the SURE Network , we are able to bring together different stakeholders across scales, to share new ideas and organize sharp debates that can support the efforts of NEB. By combining efforts, locally and across borders, an integrated approach to spatial planning can be developed, transforming cities and regions into pillars for the necessary societal transitions.
Aligning commonalities — Old to New
Within the Bauhaus movement, functionality, artisanship and industrial production was combined with respect for materials, and good design as a way to make its outcomes available for everyone. The New Bauhaus can build upon those ideas including young planners, professionals and societal organizations, to foster transparency and a sustainable future together. Only as such can the many necessary transitions that our society is facing be achieved. A new Bauhaus is relevant only when it formulates an approach towards Integrated, Inclusive and Sustainable Design.
Deltametropolis Association is fundamentally working in design and planning since more than 20 years and attempting to achieve better results for future Delta region and the Dutch agenda. Our work resonates with the Bauhaus agenda but at the same time, we define these principles in our own working way.
— Integrated – Working in an interdisciplinary environment connecting with a variety of themes (landscape, energy, mobility, circularity, planning and policies, urbanisation etc.) and encouraging contrasting stakeholders and organisation to work together in between the scales (interrelation between the scales) of action is an integrated approach for us.
—Inclusive – The open and transparent process of developing projects, programs, results for all the sectors of planning and design are the fundamental element for the complex dialogues that we consistently organise. This promotes and encourages the participation of variety of age-groups, expertise and professionals in all our meetings.
—Sustainable Design – Looking ahead towards long-term planning and inculcating long-term thinking together with our members and partners of projects is the core ideology behind the sustainability for us. Not only we are recommending sustainable solutions for the current actors and society, but we are infusing the idea in the young minds to prepare them for next generations.
The more we work on such agendas, the more we acknowledge the gaps and possibilities to improve in our next projects and programs. We would like to think of the Bauhaus approach from our perspective as a Movement to achieve better results together. We anticipate this as a process-based method to closely relate between the systemic and spatial expressions in all our scale of practice.
The new approach should focus on developing ways of learning, questioning the challenges and allowing for an iterative process. A new Bauhaus will have to find new principles, especially on the inter-relations between the scales and not focusing on isolated scale of neighbourhood, city or region only. Working through the scales from the local to city, city to regional, regional to national and linking to the mega region should be the essence of new Bauhaus. At Deltametropolis Association, we have worked on several projects that connect to these principles and we commit to continue in the future.
Brainstorming session Dutch scale
The first Dutch New European Bauhaus brainstorm took place in the morning of March 11th, at the office of Vereniging Deltametropool. The meeting provided a moment for official New European Bauhaus partners and other interested parties to get to know one another, each other’s perspectives on NEB, to discuss expectations and to share a first round of ideas.
This first round has provided an overview of the NEB-ambitions within the Netherlands. We also spoke about how we would like to use the Dutch NEB-network. We would like to use the network to connect the dots , to build a good trans-disciplinary network to help one another out, share experiences, and coordinate NEB efforts, where necessary. We need resources to materialize our ambitions. And, we need ambassadorshipto profile the Netherlands abroad. What do we as The Netherlands bring to the table on the scale of the New European Bauhaus? We have many knowledgeable action-oriented institutions, we should use them to put Netherlands on the map. At the same time, we should use the broader NEB-network to also learn from initiatives outside of the Netherlands.
Click here for an overview of the participants of the meeting, the organizations they represent, and a summary of their NEB activities and vision.
Next Generation Stage
Eurodelta knowledge platform
With the goal to establish a Eurodelta Knowledge Platform , within the SURE Network, a pilot program was organized in 2021 to include the young minds in the vision development of the Eurodelta development. With the success of the pilot, we have organized the second edition ‘ Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta 2.0 ‘ in May 2022, the online symposium to created a dialogue between experts, practice and academia, from different generations.
The program aims to promote the involvement of the next generation of planners and designers (students and young professionals), while broadening the network of associated universities and research institutions. This will pave the way for bringing in fresh perspectives and ideas that can inspire the actions to address the challenges that the megaregion is facing. With the symposium working closely with the master curriculum and integrating the ideas developed during the program further in their respective studios, we hope to extend this idea and process to many other such programs and incorporate them in a much more impactful way.
Brainstorming session II Dutch scale
The New European Bauhaus Festival will take place from 9 to 12 June 2022 as a hybrid event. Anyone is welcome to get involved and join onsite and online from around the world. The Festival brings together people from all walks of life to debate and shape our future. A future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful. It is a great opportunity to network, exchange and celebrate – from science to art, from design to politics, from architecture to technology. The Festival brings the European Green Deal at the heart of our daily lives.
Deltametropolis Association will be exhibiting the results of ‘Next Generation Podium for Eurodelta 2.0’ on the fair of the NEB Festival. The project encourages long-term, integrated thinking on key topics such as infrastructure and climate. Future prosperity for the Eurodelta lies in better cross-border cooperation and a sustainable transport infrastructure. The new SURE online platform plays a vital role in driving these changes. We are excited to present and discuss the results of the Next Generation master classes and the importance of the Next Generation for future planning. Visit us during the festival at the following locations in Brussels, for more information visit our festival page :
— Thursday 9 June from 12.00 – 14.00 at Gare Maritime
— Thursday 9 June from 16.00 – 21.00 at Mont des Arts
— Friday 10 June from 12.00 – 21.00 at Place De Broukère
— Saturday 11 June from 12.00 – 21.00 at Marché aux Poissons
— Sunday 12 June from 12.00 – 21.00 at Mont des Arts