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.

Core Group of Students

The Core Group is a driving force of up to ten international, multidisciplinary students based in Amsterdam, Bologna, Prague and Trondheim. The group is responsible for creating tools and opportunities for exchange and change-making. Across Europe, they link student communities and CrAFt stakeholders, such as project partners, universities and city representatives. 


How it works

They meet online on a weekly basis, and occasionally also in person. They self-organise their work and collaboration processes. They are supported by two coaches and encouraged to experiment with different design and co-creation processes.

This group is responsible for proposing participatory models and engaging other students across 60 CrAFt cities. They also organise their own interdisciplinary student events. The Core Group of students is self-managed and supported by two coaches from ELIA, the European network for professional exchange and development in higher arts education.


The Core Groups

The first Core Group was formed on January 1, 2023, and consisted of 8 students from the universities of Prague, Bologna, Trondheim and Amsterdam. Under the guidance of 2 coaches from the ELIA team, they created the structure and the way the Craft Core group works. However, each group optimizes the established ways dynamically in the sense of continuous improvement. The first Core Group of students organised an interdisciplinary student event called CrAFt Your Urban Experience. It was held on the 9th of May 2023 in Évora, Portugal, at the School of the Arts of the University of Évora. The Core Group of Students also participated in the project’s event CrAFting Cities Together in Bologna. They contributed to brainstorms and interactive exercises in collaboration with project partners and city stakeholders.

The second Craft Core Group has been operating since October 30. In total 6 members have changed, and 2 from the first group have remained. This is because the length of time that students can be part of the team is 6 months to 2 years and once they are on the team, it is up to them. This second group organised an event in Manchester on 18 October 2023 and is currently preparing another event in Amsterdam in February.


Call for students

The EU-funded project CrAFt – Creating Actionable Futures is looking for new students to join our project for at least 6 months from 1st February 2024. The deadline for applications is on XXX.

This unique opportunity is for students who:

  • Desire to take part in their cities’ transformation
  • Are eager to contribute to climate neutrality in urban areas
  • Have an interest in using participatory and artistic methods to drive change
  • Wish to enhance their professional skills
  • Want to be part of a Europe-wide project

There currently are XXX open spots in the Core Group for students located in XXX

Apply now to join
the CrAFt Student Core Group

Apply now to join the CrAFt Student Core Group