Real estate not only satisfies the need for a place to live, work or do business. Buildings determine the way we live together to a large extent through their purpose. A better life in harmony with nature and as an expression of culture is also the goal of current political initiatives.

The transformation is already in full swing. The new European Bauhaus, for example, is a project for all regions, cities and villages. It is meant to be an expression of political choice and rethinking, and a new path towards the physical transformation of spaces. It is an ecological, economic and cultural project with a view to realising the European Green Deal. Aspects such as design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment will be combined. 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced this project in her State of the Union 2020 speech. The project is currently in the co-design phase, which will result in calls for proposals for the first five pilot projects. The ideas from across Europe will then be implemented with financial support from the EU. The new European Bauhaus aims to empower people and communities.

The extent to which such an approach is already part of our building culture is shown by the film, exhibition and publication on the subject of 70 years of art in building in Germany. The film provides an insight into selected art-in-building projects from the two German states and reunified Germany, most of which are not open to the public. The film can be seen at It provides a first insight into the subject in about 15 minutes.

(Photo: © Birgit Böllinger, Pixabay)

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