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.

Street art in Bologna’s repurposed spaces

Architecture-engineering student Raffaele Tommaso Isernia shares his insights on cultural space DumBo, where art and community dialogue breathe new life into the industrial landscape, honouring the legacy of 90s graffiti artists while fostering contemporary creativity.

Bologna’s DumBo district, a multifunctional urban regeneration space, has become a vibrant hub of street art and creative dialogue. Spanning nearly 40,000 square meters of a former train depot, Dumbo offers a canvas for artists and a communal space for residents.

In this video, Raffaele Tommaso Isernia, an architecture-engineering student, highlights his experience with DumBo through the CrAFt project, noting the striking impact of street art on the district’s industrial landscape.

Street art interventions have become more common in urban regeneration projects, but historically, the relationship between art and institutions has been fraught with challenges. Raffaele views DumBo as a “condominium” where the project’s core principle is dialogue among the diverse activities and people residing there. This dialogue fosters a dynamic environment, essential for the creative and private sectors’ collaboration.

During last April 2024 Urban Festival, DumBo hosted a five-day celebration of street art, featuring artists from across Italy, such as Mr. Chobb, who have deep roots in the street art scene of the 90s. The event saw the completion of a striking mural in a collaborative effort involving local artists and even children, who helped paint the intricate designs.

Video produced by Raffaele Tommaso Isernia

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