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Spotlight on: New European Bauhaus

Updated: Feb 27, 2021

Late last year, Ursula Von der Leyen announced a new multifaceted EU-wide strategy to help Europe achieve a circular economy.

A building covered in plants. Photo: Victor Garcia via Unsplash

Its takes its name, and socially progressive, modernist associations, from the Bauhaus movement, founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919.

Currently, 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU come from buildings; construction is therefore an important area to target with sustainable design initiatives. Amongst its proposals: the use of timber in buildings as an organic carbon sink, and artificial intelligence in building systems to maximise operational efficiencies.

This will bring together architects, engineers, scientists and artists to create a database of ideas for new living spaces. The project will start this spring, by awarding a prize to existing examples of structures that exemplify its values. Read more about the project’s timeline and targets here.

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