Triennale Milano is a partner of the European Commission in the “New European Bauhaus&rdquo initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 speech on the State of the Union. The project is an invitation to creative minds (architects, designers, artists, scientists and European citizens) "to imagine and build a future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful for our minds and for our souls". The goal is to promote a lifestyle in which sustainability goes hand in hand with style, accelerating the green transition in a variety of sectors of the economy (including construction, home furnishings, and fashion), in society and in other areas of daily life. The intention is connecting the European Green Deal with the spaces we live in every day, involving people in all the political initiatives required to achieve climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.
The European Commission announced the prize-winners on September 16, 2021, one year after the presentation of the movement, and on December 14, with Triennale Milano, it presented the Italian winners: projects completed in Italy which were selected for their ability to represent and illustrate the New European Bauhaus’s values of sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion.
The Italian winner of the “New European Bauhaus” is “Essere urbani. The other side of the art” (Puglia), in the “Mobilisation of culture, arts and communities” category.
The project uses contemporary art to encourage urban and social regeneration, proposing works by emerging artists in free outdoor exhibitions, establishing connections among the local community, landscape and architecture, and using QR Code technology to offer additional multimedia content. Each event is always developed on the basis of specific local conditions, helping to improve access to culture, sustainable tourism and employment. The first Esseri Urbani festivals were "Zootopia", held in 2019 on the streets of Locorotondo (Bari) and “Eterotopia”, held in 2021 in Noci (Bari).
The four Italian projects selected in the "New European Bauhaus Rising Stars" category are:
Porto di Mare ecological neighbourhood (Milan), in the “Reclaimed urban and rural spaces” category
A redevelopment project transforming the polluted, degraded Porto di Mare area into a self-sufficient ecological neighbourhood, with a grassroots approach in which the neighbourhood’s own residents become the agents of change.
Retrofitting of the Ivrea Unesco World Heritage Site, in the “Conservation and transformation of the cultural heritage” category
Working on three emblematic buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ivrea (the Mattoni Rossi factory, the Officine I.C.O. complex and the Olivetti office building), an attempt is made to come up with a methodology for modernising our existing built heritage to improve environmental sustainability, without compromising on the value, character and aesthetics of modern architecture.
Social post-emergency reconstruction (Florence), in the “Places redesigned for coming together and sharing” category
Accumoli, the Italian town destroyed in the 2016 earthquake, is a case study in a research project intended to come up with a series of resilient tools of use for designing post-emergency settlements which centre around open spaces and are therefore capable of ensuring social sustainability.
Materieunite (Terni), in the “Products and lifestyles” category
A project based on the principles of the circular economy and on making sustainable design economically accessible and open to all, to create permanent and temporary installations made from sustainable cardboard and other materials recycled and reclaimed from scrap in the supply chain.
Images courtesy of Triennale Milano