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.

The CrAFt Cookbook: A Recipe for Climate-Positive Cities and Communities

This publication is CrAFt's contribution towards climate-positive cities and communities —less greenhouse gas emissions, better quality, for more people— with local collaboration at the core.

The CrAFt Cookbook outlines seven stages for urban transformation inspired by the New European Bauhaus, covering everything from conceptualisation to execution, documentation, and replication. Each stage highlights key principles and joint strategies, with real-life examples from CrAFt Cities, to inspire any city’s initiatives.

Originally intended as an extension of the Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Guidance Package published under the Smart Cities Marketplace in 2021, the CrAFt Cookbook has undergone significant revisions to align with the ethos of the New European Bauhaus.

This involved extensive collaboration with CrAFt Cities and discussions with the NEB Alliance members. The original structure of the guidance package was retained. Still, the content was revised to better reflect NEB values and principles, with new examples added based on stakeholder input.

The CrAFt Cookbook, therefore, presents tested strategies and methods for cities to facilitate long-term urban change by involving stakeholders in decision-making and action, which, in turn, will lead to communities adopting solutions more quickly.

This is the first edition of the CrAFt Cookbook. A second extended edition is planned for June 2024, and a third for April 2025. If you would like your work featured in these editions, please get in touch with us at

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Date of publication

February 14, 2024