What are the principles of the New European Bauhaus in relation to urban planning and how can they improve the lives of cities and citizens? Will they be implemented in the distant future or will we see progress in the medium term?
I think the creation of the European Bauhaus is great news, indeed, I believe that its spirit should be implemented by default in the construction and reconstruction of cities:
‘…an initiative of collaboration and putting creativity at the forefront, to imagine and build a new future. A space of co-creation in which architects, artists, students, engineers and designers will work together to achieve that goal. This is the NextGenerationEU. This is how we shape the world we want to live in.
The New European Bauhaus initiative calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful to our eyes, mind and soul, integrating sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics…’.
(It appeals to the soul and thus to the spirit of the city).
What is this collaboration with professionals qualified in other disciplines such as mobility, sustainability, energy, financial and legal frameworks and technological innovation that you mention in your panel of services? How can this multidisciplinary vision influence the citizen? In what specific areas?
Collaboration is essential, urban planning is a discipline that encompasses design, science and technology, bringing together specialities such as energy, environment, engineering, materials, landscape architecture, sociology, economics, legislation, urban psychology, art, archaeology, geology, historical heritage, technology, innovation, history, geography….
We urban planners are something like “orchestra conductors” and, listening to the territory and the people, we must design an orderly and sensitive tapestry, in three dimensions; rules of the game where urban architecture and the singular can develop in the freest and most responsible way possible.
This amalgamation gives rise to landscapes that symbolise the present time in each epoch. By reading the urban landscape, one learns everything about the societies that forged it.
The urban planner must know about all of this, without necessarily being a specialist in each area, but must only know “what to ask” of the expert.
The citizen receives an experience of hostility or welcome, comfort (or discomfort) and quality (or not) of services and facilities (educational, cultural, religious, health, transport) and a quality of space, which must be judged according to the model chosen. You cannot ask for a 15-minute city from a garden city model, it is too expensive.