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.

(re)growing the City Think/Do Tank

With a focus on revitalising urban spaces and promoting sustainable living, this student event aims to explore the transformative effects of gardening on urban aesthetics and resident well-being.

What is it about?

While walking around your city, have you ever thought about how everything around you changes? Have you ever stopped to reflect on uncontrolled overbuilding and its consequences for the city?

(re)growing the City is a Think/Do Tank —organised by students of the CrAFt Core Group— which aims to investigate and understand the transformative effects of gardening on the beauty of the city and the well-being of its residents, centred around the idea of revitalising urban spaces and promoting sustainable living.

The emphasis on active participation and exchanging ideas among participants is crucial for generating diverse perspectives and creating a network that can contribute to developing innovative solutions.

(re)growing the City is a forward-thinking opportunity for reflection. This event aims to spark positive change and inspire a collective commitment to reimagining and revitalising urban landscapes.

You will be able to share constructive dialogue and collaborate among individuals who share a common concern for the future of our urban environments.

We can’t wait to meet you on 29 February! 

Who is the event open to?

(re)growing the City is an event for students from all over the Netherlands —at any stage of their studies (bachelor, master and PhD)— interested in co-designing actionable solutions to real-world urban challenges through teamwork, with the desire to provide ideas for conversation and reflection.

Why should you take part?

This event offers a unique opportunity to:

  • Meet fellow students from Amsterdam and nearby universities.
  • Cooperate to create actionable solutions to real-world problems and gain valuable insights and knowledge to help you in your future careers.
  • Be part of an interdisciplinary and internationally connected environment
  • Expand your network
  • Engage with inspiring topics.

Programme outline

Doors open: 10:30
Start Programme: 11:00
End: 18:00

Free lunch will be provided to all participants at the event premises.

We will reveal the complete programme outline soon! 

Who are the organisers?

The CrAFt Core Group of students is an interdisciplinary, international group that creates knowledge to drive cities towards a more sustainable, beautiful and inclusive future.

We work through conversations and collaboration to connect student communities with academia, European cities and their stakeholders, and the New European Bauhaus.

The Core Group is part of Creating Actionable Futures (CrAFt), a 3-year project funded by the European Commission to support the transition to climate neutrality by promoting collaboration among cities and their citizens, policymakers, artists, and academia.

In collaboration with over 70 cities, CrAFt is researching, testing and sharing collaborative local governance models to harness the value of inclusiveness, aesthetics and sustainability towards climate-neutral cities.

CrAFt is part of the New European Bauhaus (NEB), an European Union initiative that links the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences. The New European Bauhaus invites us all to think and create together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.

What is a Think/Do Tank?

Sustainability, Beauty and Inclusiveness: by combining these elements, you can create a holistic exploration of how cities can evolve, embracing both environmental considerations and the well-being of their residents. 

The Think/Do Tank aims to be a platform for student voices, ideas, and creativity. It allows students to be part of a student-led experience and experiment in practising interdisciplinary collaboration. 

  • Explore how to foster green connections  
  • Collaborate among students, academics, and city stakeholders to create positive change.
  • Engage in forward-thinking discussions on urban transformations
  • Reimagine cities by practising interdisciplinary skills and getting knowledge for future cooperation initiatives.
  • Shape the future of cities by actively participating in transformative talks.
  • Experience interactive, participatory, and collaborative brainstorming and creation formats. 

Take a look at what we did during our previous Think/Do Tanks.


The event is free of charge and includes lunch. Spots are limited, so make sure to register on time! The event is only open to students currently enrolled in university. Students from all levels (BA, MA, PhD) and disciplines are welcome.

The deadline to register is Sunday, 25 February 2024.

Register now!

Practical information

Location: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences


We strive to create an accessible event space and activities where everyone will feel engaged, respected and empowered. Everyone is welcome with any educational background. We can all contribute.

Should you have any specific accessibility needs (such as transport assistance, support from a staff member, or a printed programme in large letters), you can indicate this in the registration form or contact us. 

IG account: craft_core_group

About the event

Starting date

February 29, 2024

End date

February 29, 2024


Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam