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.

ReCrAFting Cities. Arts and culture for sustainable urban spaces

ReCrAFting Cities was a 3-hour online session bringing together city and cultural representatives to exchange experiences around the contribution of arts and culture towards inclusive, creative and sustainable urban spaces. This event took place on Wednesday, 6 December 2023 from 14:00 to 17:00 CET.

Started in 2022, Creating Actionable Futures (CrAFt) is a movement funded by the Horizon Europe programme of the European Commission to place the transition to climate-neutrality at the heart of urban stakeholders. CrAFt bridges the EU Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities and the New European Bauhaus.

In the spirit of the New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative, CrAFT envisions a future where arts and culture are catalysts for a profound transformation of our cities towards climate neutrality. We are therefore committed to fostering collaboration and co-creation among cities, citizens, policymakers, artists and cultural operators.

Recrafting Cities was a 3-hour online session bringing together city and cultural representatives to exchange experiences around the contribution of arts and culture towards inclusive, creative and sustainable urban spaces.

Through riveting keynotes, inspiring case studies, and engaging participant interactions, ReCrAFting Cities embarked on a journey to explore the intersection of culture, environmental sustainability and livable neighbourhoods.

What participants could expect

  • Contribute to the ongoing debate about the role of arts and culture under the framework of the New European Bauhaus
  • Be inspired by examples of how arts and culture are contributing to make cities more inclusive, sustainable and beautiful
  • For city representatives and cultural operators to network, exchange ideas and experience to improve their cooperation
  • Join an emerging movement

Who was this session for?

This event warmly welcomed all who share a passion for harnessing the power of art and culture to craft a more equitable and sustainable future for our cities, including:

  • City representatives involved in cultural and/or environmentally sustainable initiatives
  • New European Bauhaus community members
  • Arts and culture professionals and activists
  • Policy makers
  • Scholars and students

Programme – 6 Dec 2023

14:00Welcome and Opening Remarks

> Welcome. André Wilkens, Director, European Cultural Foundation.

Introduction to Creating Actionable Futures – CrAFt. Annemie Wyckmans, CrAFT Project Coordinator, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

> Moderator of the event: Maciej W. Hofman, EU Affairs Advisor, European Cultural Foundation.

> Graphic recorder: Blanche Ellis, visual artist.
14:10Panel discussion on culture, cities and the New European Bauhaus

> The European Mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities (that are also livable and lovable), Laura Hetel, Policy Officer for Urban Systems, DG RTD, European Commission

> The role of arts and culture in the New European Bauhaus. Vera Winthagen, Deputy Head of Unit, New European Bauhaus team, European Commission.

> EU policy perspective: Arts and culture for local development and sustainability. Maria Iglesias, Team Leader, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), Culture Policy unit, European Commission

> Culture in cities: how is New European Bauhaus relevant to local cultural ecosystems? Julie Hervé, Head of Culture, Eurocities.

> The value of culture and its contribution to the development of sustainable and inclusive societies from a civil society perspective. Nathalie Giorgadze, Communications and Community Director, Culture Action Europe.


15:00Case presentations of cultural projects successfully integrating NEB principles

> ufaFabrik, a pioneering cultural centre bringing together culture, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Frido Hinde, Managing Director, ufaFabrik, Berlin.

> Library as therapy in time of crisis and eco-anxiety. Inguna Dukure, Team Leader, ECF The Europe Challenge 2023 project “Empower Yourself-Empower the World”

> Fashion for Inclusion. Training and labor inclusion through an ethical, intercultural and social fashion. Cecilia De Marinis, Coordinator of GREDITS, the design and social transformation research group; Jaron Rowan, BAU, College of Arts and Design of Barcelona.

> Lille, a city actively pursuing 16 priorities to create a less carbon-intensive and more inclusive cultural sector through various urban initiatives. Christophe Turon-Trommenschlager, Project manager – DG team, Culture and International Relations Department, Ville de Lille

16:00Breakout session | Brainstorming with speakers and participants

> How can cities and the cultural sector improve their cooperation for the benefit of sustainable development and citizen participation?
16:45Conclusions and closing remarks

During ReCrAFting Cities, the CrAFt team gathered input from speakers and participants. This input will help create a questionnaire for a public consultation on the event’s topics in the coming weeks. The consultation will be open until 31 January 2024 and contribute to CrAFt’s ongoing work.


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Should you have any questions regarding the event’s programme, contact Aurélie Chaudieu at For communications and registration-related matters, contact Jose Rodriguez at

About the event

Starting date

December 6, 2023

End date

December 6, 2023


Online event - Zoom