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.

Call for new CrAFt Cities

New European Bauhaus transformations towards climate-neutral, beautiful and inclusive cities


The European Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities is leading the way for urban climate neutrality by 2030, with 112 cities acting as hubs of experimentation and innovation and many more following in their footsteps.  

The CrAFt – Creating Actionable Futures project will help cities to make their climate-neutral transformations beautiful, inclusive and sustainable. Running until 2025, CrAFt supports the implementation of the Cities Mission, the NetZeroCities Mission Platform and the New European Bauhaus (NEB). 

The CrAFt Cities Community

In October 2022, we started a community of 60 CrAFt Cities that want to test and share transformation models with us, receive implementation support and become role models for cities across Europe. Today we are seeking to expand our community and integrate a few more cities.

Cities can express their interest by filling in and submitting the Expression of Interest form no later than 30 April 2023. All answers to the questions and all documents that you upload to the Expression of Interest must be in English. Please note that all questions in the questionnaire are mandatory.

The requested example of existing/completed site/activity and site in need of transformation should be self-contained pdf documents that each include:

  • One picture or other type of visual
  • A text of maximum 400 words that explains why you think this example is relevant
  • A website link (if available) where more information can be found.
  • All uploaded files must be named according to the city and item to which they correspond (e.g. EXAMPOLIS-existing.pdf).

Benefits of being a CrAFt City

As a CrAFt City, you will receive support to develop and test local collaborative governance models to support your transition:

  • Learn from other CrAFt Cities
  • Balance stakeholder interests, priorities & competencies in a Climate City Contract
  • Make the climate neutrality process more inclusive, empowering and accessible to all
  • Use art, culture and the creative sectors as catalysts in the transition
  • Participate in a next-generation think/do tank with students and youth communities
  • Participate in a storytelling campaign on actionable climate-neutral futures 
  • Shape policy briefs to inform and advise national and European policy makers
  • Showcase your projects in CrAFt events, storytelling and publications
  • Receive first access to the CrAFt Impact Model and Guidance Package 

Eligibility criteria

CrAFt will select the CrAFt Cities according to the following eligibility, evaluation and selection/ranking criteria:

  • The cities will be selected among cities from EU Member States or countries with an Association Agreement to the Horizon Europe programme or in the process of negotiating such an Agreement.
  • Cities may participate in the call if they have at least 50 000 inhabitants. Cities from countries with 5 or less cities of more than 100 000 inhabitants may express their interest if they have more than 10 000 inhabitants. Those countries are: Croatia (HR), Cyprus (CY), Estonia (EE), Ireland (IE), Latvia (LV), Lithuania (LT), Luxembourg (LU), Malta (MT), Slovenia (SI) and Slovakia (SK).
  • Groupings of cities of smaller size can apply if together they have at least 50 000 inhabitants. Those cities would have to be geographically contiguous and demonstrate that they can act in a coordinated manner, with a single coordinating entity having authority to make decisions and commitments for the whole grouping.
  • In the context of this call, the term “city” is used to refer to a geographical subnational jurisdiction (“local administrative unit”) such as a town or a city that is governed by a local government as the legal entity of public administration, understanding that the institutions of local governments may vary from country to country and terminology used in national contexts may differ.
  • Only one proposal per city will be accepted. A municipality may choose to dedicate a point of contact among its own staff, or delegate this responsibility to a person from another organisation, in that case supported by an official Letter of Support by the Mayor or City Manager.
  • Each city should demonstrate willingness and capacity to integrate and experiment with the New European Bauhaus (NEB) principles in the path to climate-neutrality.
  • Each city should document readiness to engage local stakeholders from public and private sectors, NGOs, academia, citizen, cultural and other organisations to support concerted action towards the NEB and the goals of the Cities Mission.
  • The ranking procedure will strive towards a balanced mixture of cities selected under the Cities Mission, applicant cities under the Cities Mission, cities from NEB demonstrator projects and other cities participating under ongoing NEB initiatives, and additional cities of high interest.
  • The ranking procedure will aim to achieve a diversity of geography, climatic zones, typology and size of cities.

Parts of the text have been adapted from the Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Mission Call for Expression of Interest.

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Date of publication

March 15, 2023