The New European Bauhaus: Beauty & Privilege Win Again?

The New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative invites us to rediscover our relationship with natural environments and sustainable living. With residential and non-residential buildings responsible for about 40% of the European Union’s (EU) total energy consumption and one-third of its greenhouse gas emissions, the project aims to build green housing that is affordable and accessible to all. That is what the European Commission has expressed in its official mission statement: however, in practice, how inclusive is the NEB? Will less-privileged citizens benefit? Does the project consider the social aspects of sustainability?

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Originally published at on May 25, 2021.



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