NEB ambition

The ultimate ambition of the New European Bauhaus is to achieve transformation. To do this, the NEB Compass has identified specific levels of ambition that outline the desired outcomes for each of the NEB values.

Action areas

These areas refer to the five key domains of intervention that CrAFt's New European Bauhaus Impact Model considers essential for guiding and evaluating complex urban initiatives.

Participation level

The participation level refers to the degree or extent to which individuals or groups are actively involved or engaged in a particular activity, project, or process. It assesses the depth of their involvement, contributions, and commitment, ranging from minimal or passive participation to active and dedicated participation.

NEB values

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) aims to promote the values of sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion in the design and transformation of urban spaces. It emphasises the integration of environmental, social, and economic considerations to create harmonious and innovative living environments.

Implementation Stage

According to the Smart City Guidance Package, there are seven stages to plan and implement smart city projects. These stages propose a logical and coherent roadmap for city initiatives involving many stakeholders.


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Sanbox Cities

Reference Cities

Other Cities

Sandbox Cities

Our three CrAFt Sandbox Cities are testing collaborative governance models influenced by the New European Bauhaus approach to city transformation. Here you can learn about their specific challenges and how they address them through the stories of those involved.


Amsterdam faces the challenge of developing and mainstreaming collaborative governance models to make climate-neutral projects more inclusive and enable the municipal government to facilitate bottom-up actions structurally.


In Bologna, collaborations between the municipality, civil society and the University of Bologna have resulted in promising models. The challenge is developing collaborative governance models that enable inclusive urban planning and transformation at the city district level.


Prague tests and develops social and organisational learning processes in sustainable transformation projects. The challenge is how to seize the potential of New European Bauhaus interventions to generate transformative experiences for key stakeholders and citizens.

CrAFt Reference Cities

The CrAFt’s Reference Cities are more than 70 municipalities that —prompted by the New European Bauhaus— are testing and implementing local governance models. In this endeavour, they cooperate with various stakeholders such as civil society, the arts and cultural sectors, property owners and tenants, universities and citizens.