New European Bauhaus
An initiative of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen eudebates the New European Bauhaus
New European Bauhaus
The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative, convening a space of encounter to design future ways of living, situated at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology. It brings the Green Deal to our living places and calls for a collective effort to imagine and build a future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful for our minds and for our souls.
‘Even though the world today needs different solutions than were required 100 years ago, we can still learn a lot from the spirit of experimentation of the Bauhaus, from its openness to new ideas and its perseverance under difficult circumstances. The Bauhaus existed between the space of two world wars and under the shadow of a worldwide financial crisis. For students and instructors alike, it was essential to recognise available resources and use them creatively. In view of the challenges today, we must re-establish this creative relationship to objects and make it our own. I look forward to the dialogue and new experiments that the “New European Bauhaus” programme will set in motion.’
- Annemarie Jaeggi, director of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung
Workshops for the whole earth
What can we still learn from the Bauhaus today in light of the almost planetary challenges of designing our living environment? This is the question addressed by the Workshops for the Whole Earth, to which the Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar invites people to the Bauhaus Dessau on 4 and 5 June 2021. This European forum of design education is the starting point for a European initiative that develops building blocks for workshops of post-fossil, post-disciplinary design for schools, educational projects and universities.
The Workshops for the whole earth forum is an invitation to discussion and to exchange between a wide variety of transcultural educational initiatives, schools, programmes and projects, which associate the legacy of the European art school reform movements with a mission for alternative forms of design education in the 21st century. While their workshops were historically incorporated in the national competition for European and global dominance in the industrial age, the material-based educational experiments, which meet in the Workshops for the whole earth and which are oriented towards local resources and methods of making for the common good, present approaches to transnational ecological cultures of making.
The event – developed together with international designers, researchers, architects and artists – is a prelude to further conversations with institutions, initiatives and stakeholders across Europe. The objective of these conversations is to have building blocks of a curriculum of Workshops for the whole earth, which in a way of a travelling experimental workshop will be linked up with and further developed at universities and initiatives, cultural institutions and academies all over Europe. The kick-off event in Dessau creates a platform of transcultural encounters of pluriverse post-disciplinary cultures of making and movements searching for the design of a different culture of nature. Pluriverse post-disciplinary cultures of making and movements searching for the design of a different culture of nature will meet in five workshop clusters.
Register here for the online event via Zoom.
Programme and more information: www.bauhaus-dessau.de/en/workshops-for-the-whole-earth.html
Weimar Ideas Lab
In cooperation with the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Thuringian Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar is hosting a large-scale digital conference entitled the “Weimar Ideas Lab” on 9 and 13–14 May 2021. In conjunction with the #NewEuropeanBauhaus, with which the EU Commission aims to inspire a pan-European environmental movement, the multi-format conference will address the key question posed by the early Bauhaus: “How do we want to live?”. The live-streamed, full-day event on Europe Day (9 May), and two days of digital workshops will generate impulses for the future, facilitate network-building and forge bridges between culture and science, art and technology, history and the future. In addition to invited experts from the fields of the natural sciences and humanities, the Ideas Lab is explicitly targeted at a broad and diverse audience. Students, architects, designers, representatives from the construction sector, developers of innovative technologies, potential applicants to the New European Bauhaus, and anyone interested in the Bauhaus and culture are cordially invited to participate in the spirit of awakening inspired by the early Bauhaus.
On Sunday, 9 May, the Weimar Ideas Lab will commence with a live-streamed, full-day event featuring numerous distinguished contributors, including EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and leading figures from the fields of science and culture, e.g. climate researcher Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and sociologist Armin Nassehi. The event will provide an overview of the programme’s thematic fields, key issues and contributing projects. On Thursday and Friday, 13 and 14 May, participants of the Ideas Lab will have the opportunity to collaborate in two days of workshops. The virtual multi-format conference will offer experts and interested laypersons of all ages and disciplines a chance to become acquainted with concrete environmental, scientific, social and cultural projects and contribute to their further development. The multifaceted, inspiring programme is offered in cooperation with partner institutions, theme-based sponsors, and leading lights from the areas of art and culture, science and civil society. The event app will serve as the central platform of the Weimar Ideas Lab. At the same time, a “Gallery of Ideas” will offer participants of existing and new projects a forum of exchange and bring them together to contribute to a European environmental movement. In the virtual project workshop, participants can continue their collaboration together. Starting this week, those who are interested in attending the Weimar Ideas Lab or presenting their own projects can register online via www.ideenlabor-weimar.de.