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.

UniCity 2030. A Pop-Up Think/Do Tank by CrAFt in Manchester

Take part in an interdisciplinary, interactive, and forward-thinking student-led event, which reimagines the role of universities in cities. We will brainstorm and re-envision universities as innovative and inclusive development centres, breaking down the boundaries between academia, city, and community. We will look to connect this to the local cultural and artistic aspects that make places beautiful.

In a nutshell

  • Explore the vital role of universities in shaping sustainable cities, which are also inclusive and embedding the arts and culture. 
  • Collaborate among students, academics, and city stakeholders to create positive change.
  • Engage in thought-provoking discussions on the intersection of academia and urban transformation.
  • Empower yourself by practising interdisciplinary skills and gaining knowledge for future cooperation initiatives.
  • Shape the future of cities by actively participating in transformative discussions.

About UniCity 2030

The CrAFt international group of students have put together this one-day Think/Do Tank where participants will explore and experience the current and future relationship between universities and cities that is key to the successful transformation of urban environments. Participants will dive into the concept of the university as a catalyst for inclusive, sustainable and beautiful cities. 

Join us in a series of dynamic and thought-provoking exercises designed to stimulate critical thinking and develop ideas about future city transformations. Students from all disciplines are welcome!

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

UniCity 2030 is part of the CrAFt – Creating Actionable Futures project, and one of the fringe events of the ELIA Leadership Symposium 2023. It is funded by the Horizon Europe Programme of the European Commission, and supported by ELIA, the globally connected network for higher arts education, and MMU’s School of Art.


The event will take place on the 17th of October at the Manchester Metropolitan University. This is a full-day event, including lunch. The walk-in and registrations start at 9:00, programme starts at 9:30.

The event is facilitated by the CrAFT Core Group of Students in collaboration with Sanne Karssenberg. Sanne is involved in CrAFt as process designer and curates interdisciplinary student workshops. Sanne is also a programme maker, and teaches fashion theory at the Rietveld Academie.

The detailed event programme will be announced soon.

Further information will be provided after registration for the event.

About the event

Starting date

October 17, 2023

End date

October 17, 2023


Manchester Metropolitan University