The co-design phase of the New European Bauhaus has officially started!
The launch was announced by Commissioners Gabriel and Ferreira during a press conference on January 18th 2021.
This event also coincides with the launch of the New European Bauhaus website, which will be the key tool of the co-design phase including three fundamental features:
A broad invitation to interested stakeholders and networks to organise conversations around the New European Bauhaus concept, supported by an “engagement toolkit”;
A harvesting tool to collect inputs through three complementary entry points:
Existing inspiring examples for the New European Bauhaus
Challenges and needs that the New European Bauhaus should cater for
Ideas for the New European Bauhaus action and community
A call to become Partner of the New European Bauhaus.
The New European Bauhaus is a creative and interdisciplinary initiative, convening a space of encounter to design future ways of living, situated at the crossroads between art, culture, social inclusion, science and technology. It brings the Green Deal to our living places and calls for a collective effort to imagine and build a future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful for our minds and for our souls.
Beautiful means inclusive, accessible spaces where the dialogue between diverse cultures, disciplines, genders and ages becomes an opportunity to imagine a better place for all. It also means a more inclusive economy, where wealth is distributed and spaces are affordable.
Beautiful means sustainable solutions that create a dialogue between our built environment and the planet’s ecosytems. It means to realise regenerative approaches inspired by natural cycles that replenish resources and protect biodiversity.
Beautiful means enriching experiences that respond to needs beyond our material dimension, inspired by creativity, art and culture. It means appreciating diversity as an opportunity to learn from each other.
Despite its proven potential for systemic change, large-scale investment (both public and private) in sustainable homes still faces barriers, often caused by insecurity about personal, societal and financial returns on investment and a lack of clarity about concrete elements of sustainable age- friendly living environments and the choice of building, retrofitting and adaptation measures to be implemented.
The projects that contributed to the “Sustainable Housing Supporting Health and Well-Being” workshop at Sustainable Places 2020 are developing solutions to tackle these barriers and propose a holistic and integrated approach to progress on implementation.
The Homes4Life taxonomy and the KPI-framework of functional performance indicators for the age-friendly home environment are at the heart of the project. They translate the Homes4Life vision into structured, verifiable form and they are the basis on which the Homes4Life certification scheme has been built.
As a project team, we have always thought of the taxonomy and KPI-framework as instruments that constantly evolve and that are developed in co-creation with end-users, policy makers, researchers and other stakeholders.
Visit the dedicated part of our website here to find out how you can contribute.
Originally planned to be held in Trondheim/Norway, the conference was organized as a full online event. Homes4Life participated in a session on “Housing and Daily Activities” with a pre-recorded video presentation by Frans Sengers and Alexander Peine (Utrecht University) entitled “Charting the Innovation landscape for Age-friendly housing in Europe”.
Frans and Alexander elaborated upon the diversity of Age-friendly home pilots and experiments across Europe — which they charted as part of the Homes4Life Innovation Analysis — and identified a number of challenges and opportunities for the Homes4Life certification scheme.
The session brought about interesting discussions about housing, technology and ageing in place, capturing various levels of analysis, such as neighbourhoods, homes, furniture, social alarm systems and the internet of things. It further underlined that Homes4Life is a vital part in an exciting global landscape exploring the intersection of digital technologies, places and ageing, and how it comes to shape our lives as we grow older.
Our living environments have a tremendous impact on our health and wellbeing. Ensuring their suitability and adaptability to people’s needs and preferences – including when these needs and preferences evolve over time – is one of the most effective approaches to respond to challenges brought to us by Europe’s ageing demographics. However, a huge share of the building stock is not adapted to permit to older persons to age in place.
To address this challenge, Homes4Life has contributed to the development of a new European certification scheme for Ageing in place.
The final conference of the Homes4Life project will feature high-level speakers who will discuss the Homes4Life Age-Friendly Vision and present Homes4Life key project outcomes. This will be followed by an award ceremony during which we will unveil the names of the 10 pilot sites across Europe which were the first to test the certification scheme.
Detailed programme and speakers will be announced early next year – stay tuned !
Our partner R2M Solution – Régis Decorme – made a pitch of the Homes4Life project in front of the SilverEco award jury on 26th November 2020.
Our project is indeed nominated within the housing category of the contest ! After the short presentation, interesting questions from the jury were raised regarding the typology of buildings addressed by the Homes4life certification, how the certification scheme builds on existing national certifications, and how will be shaped the post-project exploitation model.
Results of the contest will be unveiled on 10th December 2020. Meanwhile, it is still time to vote for us in the “prix du public” category here !