How can the New European Bauhaus foster architecture for Urban Inclusion?

On Thursday the 24th of March from 10.00 - 12.30am CET, the Housing Solutions Platform will organize an online debate on The New European Bauhaus, focusing on the specific role of architecture to bring in disruptive practices and foster cross sectoral cooperation for urban inclusion.


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Objective and context of the debate: The New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative was launched in the autumn 2020 by European Commission to make the European Green Deal go hand in hand with a new cultural project for Europe based on aesthetics, sustainability and inclusiveness. The Housing Solutions Platform organized a first event on the New European Bauhaus from a homelessness perspective in November 2021 focusing on what would an inclusive NEB be, what impact could it bring. This second HSP debate on the NEB will focus particularly on the role of architecture to bring in disruptive practices for inclusion, bringing in researchers and practitioners to discuss both conceptual approaches and concrete delivery.


Programme for the debate:


Chair: Juha Kaakinen (Y-Foundation)

10. 00 Introduction:

  • Freek Spinnewijn, Director of FEANTSA

  • Ciarán Cuffe, Member of the European Parliament

10.15 How to shape cross sectoral cooperation from traditional spatial practices to interdisciplinary daring delivery?

  • Dr. PhD Daniel Talesnik, Curator, Architekturmuseum, München

  • Aurelie De Smet, Researcher at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture

11.00 Q&A with audience

11.15 Project presentations of innovative Architectural solutions

  • Pablo García Astrain, Director of Housing and Architecture at the Department of Housing, Basque Country. Will present Alojamientos Dotacionales: Repurposing Unused Non-Residential Land in the Basque and Country as well as Loft Study House.

  • Joakim Breitenstein, Co-funder of Collaplan, will present Village Co-living and a refugee housing solutions.

  • Alexander Hagner, Architect, will present VinziRast mittendrin and Lokal mittendrin, a project that brings together students and formerly homeless people in community living.

12.00 Q&A with audience

12.15 Conclusions

  • Housing Solutions Platform

Recording of the event 2022-03-24

Summary of the event:

How can the New European Bauhaus foster architecture for Urban Inclusion? - Delivering solution to homelessness through out of the box architecture ambition.

Housing Solutions Platform webinar report

24/03/2022


On March 24, Housing Solution Platform (HSP) organized an online debate on New European Bauhaus (NEB) and the specific role of architecture to bring in disruptive practices and foster cross sectoral cooperation for urban inclusion, as a follow-up to the previous HSP debate on the new European Bauhaus from a homeless and housing perspective.


Introduction

The online debate was Chaired by Juha Kaakinen, senior adviser at the Y-foundation and opened by Ruth Owens, Deputy Director of FEANTSA and Ciarán Cuffe, Member of European Parliament (the Greens).

Ruth Owens started of with referencing to the previous HSP debate, an event asking a rather critical questions on whether an esthetical and green movement like NEB really can deliver anything from a socially inclusive perspective: “We came out of that discussion feeling like it actually could, and it should. That is what we are doing here today, brining inspiring thinkers, practitioners, and politicians together to follow up on that”.

Member of parliament Ciarán Cuffe is the rapporteur for the Energy Performance and Building Directive and has a professional background in architecture and urban planning. In answering the debate's main question: How can the New European Bauhaus foster architecture for Urban Inclusion?, Ciarán put his emphasis on the inclusive and sustainable aspects of the NEB. He expressed his concerns regarding that people think that there is a quick fix to the housing crisis, like making housing out of shipping containers. This is not the case he argued, instead he stressed the need for focus to be on sustainable and inclusive housing. He concluded by stating that even though the NEB is not a magical solution to all housing challenges, “it is an opportunity to put end users in centre, making better use of what we already have, and it can help up improve the quality of housing and make us think again about tackling the root causes of homelessness”.


How to shape cross sectoral cooperation from traditional spatial practices to interdisciplinary daring delivery?

Daniel Talesnik, is an architect specializing in modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism, and a curator at the at Architekturmuseum, München. He started of by underlining that homelessness is not necessarily an architectural problem, and that architecture cannot solve homelessness alone. But through collaboration with other societal actors and disciplines, there is a lot to be done. He talked about Who’s next? homelessness, architecture, and cities, an exhibition he has curated which in many ways embodies the values of NEB; inclusivity, beauty, and sustainability. The exhibition wants to challenge the official political discourse that he means is developing in many countries around the world, a discourse that implies that poverty is a personal fault, and that if people experience homelessness, it is because they have not tried hard enough to secure shelter and livelihood. Through research on the historical and current situation in cities around the world, analyses of architectural case studies, originally commissioned and existing documentary films, and a library, this exhibition aims to unfold different entry points toward understanding homelessness and some of the many related problems. Daniel received a question from the audience: “How can architects and homelessness organizations work together to use the NEB to deliver concrete impact for people in poor housing or experiencing homelessness?, to which he replied: “It’s a A naïve answer, but if there are incentives, subsidies, and money then the architects will go.