Event: Foundations and Visions for a New European Bauhaus in Südtirol - Alto Adige

The New European Bauhaus was launched as an initiative on 16 September 2020 in occasion of the State of the Union speech by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

| Beautiful | Sustainable | Together | are the slogans that chart a path that so far leads into the unknown.

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.

We want to do the same in South Tyrol. We want to brainstorm on this topic at a kick-off event on 8 July at the NOI Techpark within the framework of seven workshops.

Stakeholders from the most diverse fields are called upon to reflect, discuss and debate:

1) What role can South Tyrol play in the New European Bauhaus?

Best practices, experiences, proposals that can be submitted to the European Commission and to the whole of Europe.

2) What value can this initiative have for South Tyrol?

(Is it possible to make our territory beautiful and sustainable together? If so, how?

These and other questions will be answered thanks to the organisers of these seven workshops – CasaClima Agency, Eurac Research and the Free University of Bozen- Bolzano -  in collaboration with the South Tyrolean provincial administration.

The results will be compiled in a manifesto that will identify the "New European Bauhaus Südtirol-Alto Adige". In particular, the view of the Alps with all their peculiarities of a mountain area will be emphasised.

Where: NOI Techpark Via A.Volta Straße 13/A 39100 Bolzano/Bozen

Aim: What does the NEB bring to South Tyrol and how can we contribute with our peculiarities to the "New European Bauhaus" concept Europe-wide?

How? Selected stakeholders are invited to participate in one of the seven workshops and to actively contribute their ideas (working languages: German-English-Italian without interpretation).


Dedicated EU Update (in Italian and German)




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Jointly organised and led by the Commission, the Council and the Parliament, the Conference is intended as a major pan-European democratic exercise, the first of its kind, providing a new public forum for an open, inclusive and transparent debate with citizens on a number of key priorities and challenges. The European Parliament in particular insisted that citizens from all backgrounds, civil society representatives and stakeholders at European, national, regional and local level be involved in defining EU priorities in line with citizens' concerns in a participatory and balanced approach.

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8. Strengthening the single market, e.g. by stepping up efforts and investments to complete the TEN-T network by 2030 and helping the industry to better rebuild after the Covid-19 crisis through increased investments in fleet modernization across all modes of transport
9. Making mobility fair and equitable for all, e.g. making new mobility accessible and affordable in all regions and for all passengers, including those with reduced mobility
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Commission Communication on a Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

Action Plan 2021-2024 annexed


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