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New European Bauhaus

Think of Bauhaus, and you might think of German modern art, design and architecture - a movement to find new solutions for a new era. Now, 100 years on, the European Commission has initiated a New European Bauhaus movement to shape future ways of living that answer the wider challenges we face today. Think green, sustainable and affordable, alongside accessible, inclusive and beautiful and impacting all aspects of how we live. New European Bauhaus calls for new and diverse perspectives to shape the concrete actions that will improve everyday life, and asks for design, art and culture to work alongside modern science and technology.  

Digital cultural heritage already makes this connection and our sector can play an important role in this initiative, and in shaping the heritage of tomorrow. Over the  summer of 2021, New European Bauhaus is in its co-design phase, calling for contribution from citizens to creators,  and across society and sectors. Explore more and find out how to get involved, including joining in the Europe-wide conversation happening now.  

Join the conversation

New European Bauhaus is asking for inspiring examples of spaces, services and practices that contribute to an inclusive, beautiful and sustainable society.  Our cultural institutions already play an important role in doing just that, while access to digital cultural heritage helps us all to connect with history and with each other, to shape how we live and work. Share your examples of the cultural heritage sector in action.


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Title: Dessau-Roßlau. Bauhaus Dessau (1926, W. Gropius)

Creator: Teichmann, Werner (Herstellung) (Fotograf)

Date: 1960

Institution: Deutsche Fotothek

Country: Germany

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New European Bauhaus on the Europeana website

We are connecting contemporary conversations about green issues and accessible and sustainable living with cultural heritage through blogs, galleries and learning resources on the Europeana website. Explore topics from sustainable tourism to pollution, Bauhaus to beavers, and varied learning resources around ecology and climate change.  

Enriching spaces with digital cultural heritage

How can digital heritage support the development of enriching and inclusive social experiences and create accessible, welcoming spaces? Explore some examples below.

Exploring the CoGhent Project

Title: DING Courtyard Open Windows

Creator: Carmody Groarke, TRANS and RE-ST

Date: 9 July 2020

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Exploring the CoGhent Project

Jasper Visser interviews Oliver D’huynslager of the Design Museum Ghent on the new and exciting ‘CoGhent’ project, as well as his particupation in 'Europeana's Digital transformation in the time of COVID-19' sensemaking workshops.

New European Bauhaus Prizes 2021

The Prizes recognise and celebrate beautiful, sustainable, inclusive places and practices that exist in our communities, as well as concepts or ideas from young people (under 30) that can pave the way to the future. There are 10 categories including ones dedicated to cultural heritage, the mobilisation of culture arts and communities, and education models. The prizes are worth up to 30,000 Euros - deadline 31 May 2021.


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Title: Köln. Kantoor van modelfabriek, gemaakt voor de Werkbund tentoonstelling van 1914 Exterieur: Voorgevel

Creator: Walter Gropius Adolf Meyer Raphaël Verwilghen

Date: 1910/1939

Institution: KU Leuven

Country: Belgium

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Greening cultural heritage

How will what we do today help shape the heritage of the future? Watch our webinars exploring the role digital cultural heritage can play in creating a greener, more sustainable world.

Cultural heritage and climate change

Title: Kertem ősszel

Creator: Kunffy Lajos

Institution: Rippl-Rónai Megyei Hatókörű Városi Múzeum - Kaposvár

Country: Hungary

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Cultural heritage and climate change

The Fridays For Future Movement and Europeana Network Association Climate Action Group discuss collective climate action with a focus on steps that the cultural heritage sector can take.

Stay up to date

You can keep up to date with news and initiatives related to New European Bauhaus by following #NewEuropeanBauhaus on Twitter.


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Title: Reproductie van foto van Bauhaus

Institution: Beeldbank van de Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed

Country: Netherlands

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Join events

You can explore and register for upcoming events related to New European Bauhaus on the European Commission’s website.


View the events

Title: Dessau. Bauhaus (1926, Walter Gropius). Schulgebäude und Werkstättenbau von Südwesten

Creator: Walther, Bernd (Herstellung) (Fotograf)

Date: 1977

Institution: Deutsche Fotothek

Country: Germany

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