Applications are now open for the first New European Bauhaus prizes across 10 categories – from ‘products and lifestyle’, to ‘reinvented places to meet and share’ – all themed around the core pillars of the initiative: sustainability, quality of experience, and inclusion.
Following the launch of the initiative’s co-design phase in January, the ‘New European Bauhaus prizes’ will celebrate excellent examples to help inspire the project launched by President Ursula von der Leyen last year.
As the President said: “With the New European Bauhaus we want to make the European Green Deal tangible and ‘palpable’. We want to add a cultural dimension to the economic and technological transformation.”
For each of the 10 categories there will also be a specific ‘New European Bauhaus Rising Stars’ strand, open to under-30s. The idea is to support and encourage the younger generation to continue developing new ideas and exciting concepts.
The creation of the prizes was announced by Commissioners Ferreira and Gabriel during last week’s New European Bauhaus Conference.
The application period is open until 31 May 2021. Both EU and non-EU nationals can apply, as long as their concepts, ideas and projects are actually developed or physically located in the EU.
An evaluation committee will first assess the eligibility of all entries. There will then be an online public vote, open to all New European Bauhaus newsletter subscribers. A jury made up of New European Bauhaus official partner organisations will then assess the three projects with the most votes under each category and strand, before the prizes are awarded. Winners will receive cash prizes as well as support to spread the message about their project.
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Check out the New European Bauhaus prizes web page (link below) for more information on the different categories.
Beautiful | Sustainable | Together
The New European Bauhaus Conference brought together leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world to share their visions and have a conversation on the way forward for the New European Bauhaus. Over 5,800 people from more than 85 countries registered for the virtual event.
The conference was opened by President von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli, and the Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa on behalf of the Council Presidency.
Other speakers included politician and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, grassroots activist and founder of Slum Dwellers International Sheela Patel, climate scientist John Schellnhuber, architect Shigeru Ban, and other members of the high-level roundtable of experts for the initiative. They discussed issues like how to make the New European Bauhaus a driver for hope and change, and how the project can act as a bridge between art and technology in a global world.