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Sit down and move on, Hyggezones, Multikoglen and Fit for Life. Congratulations to all the cool students from Søndermarksskolen in Rønne on the island of Bornholm, Denmark. Yesterday at Folkemødet, four teams pitched their ideas for the outdoor areas of 96 new homes at Æbleløkkerne in Rønne, which the two companies Ocean Prawn and Bornholms Brandforsikring are building.
How do we create a green and sustainable society? And what does it look like when students design the Bornholm of the future? The Desire project is one of the EU's New European Bauhaus lighthouse projects. Supported by the Ministry of Culture in Denmark a new design tool (developed as part of Desire by the renowned architectural firm 3XN/GXN) has been tested together with Søndermarksskolen in the town of Rønne, Bornholm. Come join us for these two panel debates and the award ceremony.
1. Fabio Liberati Fidanza Life Paths København
Last week, the three winners were announced and celebrated at a festive award ceremony in Copenhagen. If you’re curious about the lovely photos and are in the Copenhagen area, head over to Bryghuspladsen in front of the Danish Architecture Center (DAC) (Desire partner), where you can experience the 56 selected images until 1 October.
BTC city film
How do we engage the young people in the green transition? One way could be a hackathon like the one arranged at the Desire demonstration site BTC City Ljubljana in Slovenia. As a part of the Desire project, the younger generation is asked to develop ideas for shaping the green future of BTC City Ljubljana, one of Europe’s largest shopping, business, and leisure centres. Back in February, the Slovenia Desire partners, BTC and CER - Sustainable Business Network arranged a hackathon with Generation Z. Have a look at the Desire film, created by Benjamin Hesselholdt.
Slovenian partners in the Desire project, CER - Sustainable Business Network and BTC d.d., successfully opened the exhibition “Desire: A movement for positive urban changes” in the city centre of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. The exhibition was officially opened on May 22, 2024, at the new information point called "Ljubljana on the way to carbon neutrality", where citizens and other visitors will receive diverse information about the decarbonization of the city. The exhibition will be open until June 10, showcasing the contents of the Desire project and inviting visitors to contribute their suggestions and ideas for improving the quality of life in Ljubljana.
Capture Your City. Credit: Morten de Fine Olivarius
From Residential Blocks in Riga to Urban Spaces in Denmark, to Turin's Blue Mountains. Danish Architecture Center’s (DAC) photo contest, "Capture Your City 2024," in collaboration with the EU project Desire has achieved historic high participation with over 8,000 submitted photos from cities across Europe. This record number of 8,015 entries from 26 countries demonstrates the contest's growing popularity and Europe’s commitment to architecture and urban development.
Wildemanbuurt in Amsterdam, Netherlands is a neighbourhood often depicted negatively. However, inhabitants are determined to change this narrative. The Desire project is powered by the energy of this community. “We try to work with what is there and nurture good ideas, foster new relationships. In the end, it's really about agency and working together to create a new neighbourhood from a place of trust,” says Rosalie Bak, Community Builder and Social Designer for the Desire partner Stichting Samenwonen-Samenleven. Have a look at the new Desire film and meet also the youngsters from Young Osdorp United that are making videos and photography to tell great stories from the area.
Ideas abound at Ole Rømer’s School where 40 students presented their ideas for an irresistible local community of the future.
The Desire project presents the digital engagement tool Our Walk App and datascape. Explore how to use it and get examples of, how the Desire project already has used it at demonstration sites in Denmark and Italy.
Snapshots from our Desire partner meeting in Milan. In April 2024, our Desire partner Politecnico di Milano hosted the meeting in Italy. Vi also visited our Desire demo site, Mind Innovation District and our partner PlusValue.
Join us at the New European Bauhaus Festival. This unique festival combines music and artistic performances with exhibitions of innovative projects and panel discussions on subjects of the future! We discuss the New European Bauhaus Economy, how to involve citizens in the green transformation with digital tools, and how to put people at the centre of the transition. Come by our Desire booth at the Fair and have a chat! During the festival, we also invite you to Walk&Talk, ad hoc. - See the programme.
Out of the spring haze, the mistletoe emerges. On a sound walk with the final Garden Caretaker in Herlev, Denmark.
Artists across Europe, seize this unique opportunity to become the first artist in residence at Roggia, the eco-creative residency of the suburban farm of Cascina Falchera in Turin, Italy. This open call invites visual artists aged 25 to 35 to engage with the serene landscape and its natural elements. The guiding theme is water. Deadline April 2!
PHOTO COMPETITION: ‘Capture Your City’ is a photo contest and exhibition where we invite citizens from all over Europe to take photos of their city - from March 1 - May 1, 2024. The theme is New Beauty. An international jury will select 50-100 photos for an exhibition and 3 winners of the competition.
New European Bauhaus in the Nordics – what have we learned, how can we benefit from this knowledge, and what can we potentially develop further? See the video and slides from the first of two webinars, arranged by the two Nordic-coordinated New European Bauhaus lighthouse projects, NEB-STAR and Desire.
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BTC City Ljubljana, a large shopping and business centre in Slovenia, is on a mission to bring nature back into its urban landscape – and to become a climate change-resistant and thriving ecosystem. This includes various greening activities. These actions aim also to support biodiversity, enhance the microclimate, and improve the comfort and well-being of visitors, employees, and business partners.
New European Bauhaus in the Nordics – what have we learned, how can we benefit from this knowledge, and what can we potentially develop further? Welcome to an engaging and interactive conversation! Learn more and sign up. See the video from the first webinar!
Photo: Benjamin Hesselholdt
How can humans reconnect with nature? Together with project partners and the locals, we experiment with this as part of the Desire project in the northern part of the city of Turin – at the urban farm Cascina Falchera. Have a look at the film!
– a ‘community of irresistible practice’ supporting the green transition in cities via the New European Bauhaus.
Kalundborg Street Event. Credit Benjamin Hesselholdt
How can we create sustainable, attractive, and inclusive urban spaces? Together with project partners and the locals, we experiment with this as part of the Desire project in Kalundborg, Denmark. In recent years, the city has witnessed growth in the biotech industry and the relocation of universities to the area. Now, the city aims to kickstart urban development by collaborating with its citizens to envision new possibilities. Have a look at the film!
From the left: Lars Fjendbo Møller, Project Manager at DAC, Politician Rasmus Nordquist, Siv Raun Andersen (Kildedal A/S) and Carsten Rahbek, Professor at the University of Copenhagen. Credit: DAC
Denmark's biodiversity crisis demands ambitious solutions, warned Prof. Carsten Rahbek, cautioning against superficial green efforts. Perhaps the municipalities lack help to make significant green decisions, suggested Politician Rasmus Nordquist. However, the municipalities will be able to learn from green urban development projects, e.g. Kildedal. hoped city and sustainability manager Siv Raun Andersen. Mike Ameko Lippert, Strategy Director at SLA - an internationally renowned nature-based design studio in Copenhagen, talked about the importance of aesthetic nature sensitivity, while Professor at the University of Copenhagen Helle Tegner Anker discussed the law regarding nature and cities. The hall was full of listeners when Desire's partner DAC together with Desire recently invited to a dialogue meeting. Watch also the video (Danish).
The social housing area Gadehavegaard, 20 km from the centre of Copenhagen, will be transformed in the coming years. As a part of that, a parking lot will be changed to a green urban space for the citizens. The Desire partner the building administration Domea.dk has invited two 8th grade classes to give ideas for the urban space.
DAC - Danish Architecture Center (Dansk Arkitektur Center) and Desire invited to an inspiring dialogue (Danish)! Have a look.
In Desire, our partner 3XN/GXN and subcontractor AGORA have produced a toolkit based on their involvement with Domea.dk in Gadehavegaard, Denmark and with kids from 8-grade classes at a local school. Learn more and download it for free.
In Riga, the Desire project is facing the biggest local challenge we have here: Changing the mentality of the people, to make them realize they are not just users living in a place where a central system deals with everything, but that they can actively engage in and create their own city – their own home. Have a look at the new Desire film with our partner Riga municipality, Rudis Rubenis and Ieva Zībārte, Representative of the municipalities department Rigas Buildings. - The filmmaker is Benjamin Hesselholdt.
As something completely new in Latvia, the Desire partner Riga Municipality involves citizens in the renovation of a Soviet era apartment block and its outdoor area. The hope is that it will become the first really good example of Soviet housing block renovation in Riga and that others join forces to follow the example.
This is the Desire Academy podcast series, where Desire members, staff and academics share knowledge about the Desire sites around Europe - and how to transform our society to be more circular and irresistible. In this very first episode is the woman at the core of the Garden Caretakers in Herlev and utilizer of the being of place idea, Madeleine Kate McGowan of the NXT communication and innovation bureau.
At a meadow beside a construction site in Herlev, DK, artist Davide Ronco creates a temporary artwork from bricks moulded using local soil, challenging the permanence of human architecture. As the structure crumbles over time, it symbolizes nature's reclamation of land. A fleeting art project that questions our relationship with the Earth.
Last week, the Desire project and BLOXHUB in Copenhagen hosted the third New European Bauhaus Cluster Workshop, gathering the six lighthouse projects, the coordination and support project CrAFt, and CINEA, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency. All projects share a common goal: the implementation of the EU Green Deal, emphasizing beauty, sustainability, and collaboration.
Through the Desire project, the city of Kalundborg, DK has established a citizen group that, together with architecture students and a design firm, will experiment with small, simple things in public spaces.
In a new blog post, Jenny Andersson from the Desire expert organization The Really Regenerative Centre, CIC argues that we need to change our approach to working with living systems. She suggests that we need to be more humble and respectful and that we need to listen to the wisdom of the system. Jenny also emphasizes the importance of being open to new ideas and staying humble in our pursuit of a more regenerative future.
Listen to the place before you develop it. But how? Perhaps by using art! In Desire an Irresistible Circular Society our partner in Herlev, Denmark NXT has introduced a new character ‘The Garden Caretaker’ to help reconcile the city with nature.
Partner meeting in Riga, October 2023. Visit the residential area Ziepniekkalns with many blocks including the longest block in Riga, approximately 343 meters. Photo: Hanne Kokkegård, DTU Compute
In October, the 24 Desire partners are in Riga for a partner meeting with peer-to-peer exchange with learnings from six months of work with different design principles. We also visited the Riga Site, Ziepju. Have a look at the many great photos.
What do citizens think about an urban area? And what is important to them when transforming part of it into a green, attractive urban space? In the Desire project, we are experimenting with an app as a tool for collecting and listening to citizens' opinions - and thereby involving them in the green transition. We visited the social housing area Gadehavegaard to see, how two school classes used the app.
Credit: GXN, Visions for Gadehavegaard, Theme weeks at the school.
Over the course of two Desire theme weeks, school children at Gadehavegaard have been introduced to the process of translating ideas and desires into tangible design proposals. This experimental process has generated valuable insights in both directions, and now these experiences will be translated into principles that can be applied by others seeking to engage users in the design process.
Educational programmes at a local school will help to see new potentials for the area's future development through the eyes of young people. At the same time, the process will provide young people with new skills and knowledge in biodiversity, circularity and inclusion/participation. Desire-partner housing administration company Domea.dk and housing association DFB are excited and hope to maintain contact with the young people.
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In Desire, we experiment with creating sustainable, attractive, and inclusive urban spaces. Our goal is to present an ambitious and innovative way forward, where art, design, and architecture play key roles in exploring an irresistible circular society. Have a look at our 2-pager!
Credit: Rudis Rubenis, Riga Municipality
In Riga, the municipality plans to renovate an old block of flats. Through the Desire project, the municipality involves the citizens in the process of creating green surroundings, where nature plays a major role. Recently, the municipality invited citizens to a workshop.
During the UIA World Congress of Architects CPH first in July in Copenhagen, Denmark visitors from 135 countries could meet the Desire project in two panel debates about the New European Bauhaus initiative and our goals. Here you find the two videos from the panel debates, our new Invitation Paper about New European Bauhaus Economy, our brand new Desire presentation video, and articles where we sum up the debates.
By co-creating with residents from all walks of life, our partners can create visions for an equitable and sustainable future; one that is not just for the few, but includes everyone. - All Desire partners visited Wildemanbuurt in Amsterdam in May 2023.
Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta
How do you manage rainwater in an area that is sometimes affected by flooding, other times by drought? Our partner organisations are looking at these challenges.
UIA NEB economy photo credit Ivana Stancic Dark Matter Lab
At the UIA World Congress of Architects CPH 2023 a Desire panel debate discussed the need for fundamental transformation at speed and scale. Takeaways - among others - were buildings to last for more than 200 years, sharing community, the belief in the power of stories and the wish of turning the built environment into the biggest hero.
Photos from the workshop on May 31, 2023. Photo credit: Anže Krže
In Ljubljana, Slovenia, our two partners BTC City and CER Sustainable Business Network work on transforming the big BTC area into a vibrant and environmentally friendly urban space.
The New European Bauhaus brings both design and culture into the green transition, says MEP Ciarán Cuffe. He visited a Desire session at UIA - World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen.
The New Bauhaus movement will need to fundamentally transform our world. The transformation requires a New Bauhaus economy. This paper seeks to open spaces for the necessary cross-sectoral dialogues. How can we act at the scale and speed required? How can we recast our everyday world in a systematic and agile way?
New sustainability standards call for a new aesthetic. Or do they? Join us, as we take a deeper look at architectural value and discuss what’s worth preserving and transforming.
VIDEO from UIA - World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen July 5, 2023. This panel debate brings together leading European actors driving systemic transition of European built environments across public and private sectors. How to leverage our collective force to transition, at the scale and speed that is needed? The panel discussed how these fundamental changes will go hand in hand with the way we transform our cities and design our future.
Are we ready for a new set of aesthetic values? How do we make it desirable to change? And should we consider beautiful as a luxury that does not harmonize very well with our planet's climate challenges? In a Desire panel debate at the UIA World Congress of Architects CPH 2023, our panel discussed the green transition for a full auditorium.
How can the sense of belonging lead to a green transition? In our short intro film for Desire, you can get a quick insight into our New European Bauhaus project.
Photo credit: Rasmus Hjortshojm BLOX
More than 10,000 guests and presenters are expected to visit the UIA World Congress of Architects first in July 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark. If you take part in the architecture congress you can also meet Desire. We have two panel debates - MONDAY 3 JULY & WEDNESDAY 5 JULY.
The New European Bauhaus initiative from the European Union has appointed six lighthouse demonstrators – including Desire. In addition, Craft has been established to support cities in designing and deploying Climate City Contracts based on the experience from CrAFt’s Sandbox Cities and 60 reference cities. Have a look.
Five debates regarding New European Bauhaus and Desire. With our partners Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and The Royal Danish Academy.
Writing workshop in the Garden Caretaker's Greenhouse. The work with Desire has already come a long way.
The city is clearly ready for a cultural change; people are excited about the great potential and optimistic about how.
Focus on the potential in New European Bauhaus in Milan.
Involving citizens in the green transition locally and in respect of the original history and nature of the location.
The aim of DESIRE is to start an architectural movement based on cohesion and equality.
The 24 partners in DESIRE met in Copenhagen for the official kick-off.
DESIRE will create a movement that sets new standards and develops methods for transforming urban spaces.

Events

Meet our partners talking about Desire and New European Bauhaus at events around Europe.

BLOX, Bryghuspladsen, 1473 Copenhagen K, Denmark 10.09.2024
SAVE THE DATE: Bridge to the Future - Desire shares results, tools and learnings
Join Desire and our 24 partners for this event in Copenhagen, where we share our results, tools and learnings - and look into the future and the New European Bauhaus in the coming years. Stay tuned for more info.

Past events

A25 - Villaen A - Danchells Anlæg, in Allinge on the Danish island Bornholm 15.06.2024
15 June 2024 - 13:30 - 14:30 A25 - Villaen, A - Danchells Anlæg: Can young people qualify and inspire how we build new housing areas? In the spring, the 7th-grade students at Søndermarkskolen worked with ideas for the outdoor areas of 96 new homes at Æbleløkken in the town of Rønne - which Ocean Prawn and Bornholms Brandforsikring are building. But can the young people's suggestions and ideas be used for anything? The course was organized by Dansk Industri Byggeri Bornholm and is part of the EU project Desire as the end of the course crafts and design (håndværk og design, Danish), and along the way, they were helped by architects from 3XN/GXN Architects. "It's very cool that we have an influence," says student Anton. But does the client listen to the proposals and what does the unconventional collaboration mean? We talk about that and much more. You are also welcome to ask questions. Participants Per Haugaard, Representative of the EU Commission in Denmark Mette Mogensen, City and housing development manager, Domea.dk (Desire partner) Morten Holten, Director, Bornholms Brandforsikring Kåre Stokholm Poulsgaard, Partner, 3XN/GXN (Desire partner) Henriette Thuen, Senior chief consultant, DI (Desire partner) Amanda Cifci, Teacher and zealot, Søndermarkskolen Rønne. Click to learn more.
DI Hjørnet - F34, in Allinge on the Danish island Bornholm 13.06.2024
13 June 2024 - 13:00 - 13:45 F34 - DI Hjørnet (F - Ved Folkemødehuset): What does it look like when young people are responsible for the design? The Danish architect and TV host Ane Cortzen and experts choose the designers of the future. How do we create a green and sustainable society? And what does it look like when school students design the Bornholm of the future? The Desire project, supported by the Ministry of Culture and one of the EU's New European Bauhaus lighthouse projects, is testing a new design tool (developed as part of Desire by the renowned architectural firm 3XN/GXN) together with Søndermarksskolen in the town of Rønne. Ocean Prawn and Bornholms Brandforsikring are the builders of new family homes in Rønne, and the school pupils have given suggestions for designing the new outdoor areas. And now we're looking for the winners. Come and support the young designers as they present their innovative proposals to our expert panel of judges. Meet, among others: Ane Cortzen, moderator My Lunsjö, architect, 3XN/GXN (Desire partner) Thomas Holluf Nielsen, CEO, Domea.dk (Desire partner) Thomas Bustrup, deputy, CEO, Danish Industry (Desire partner). Click to learn more.
Pogačarjev trg 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia 10.06.2024
Desire partner CER - Sustainable Business Network in Slovenia among others, invites you to the exhibition Desire: gibanje za pozitivne urbane spremembe (Desire: Movement for Positive Urban Changes). The exhibition tells the story of the Desire project, in which BTC d.d. and CER Partnership participate, bringing innovative approaches to designing, sustainable, attractive, and inclusive urban spaces. The exhibition was officially opened by Jerneja Jug Jerse, head of the European Commission Representation in Slovenia, Zoran Janković, Mayor of the City Municipality of Ljubljana, Damjan Kralj, CEO of BTC d.d., and Ana Struna Bregar, Executive Director of CER - Sustainable Business Network. The exhibition will be available until 10 June 2024, inclusive. Click to read more.
Bryghuspladsen 10, 1473 Copenhagen K, Denmark 06.06.2024
Capture Your City. Credit: Morten de Fine Olivarius
Join the festive finale of the Capture Your City competition, where we will reveal the winners and you get to see which photos made it into this year's exhibition. As something new this year, the competition has also taken place in other European cities. Over 5,000 photos participated in the competition. An international jury with representatives from Riga, Turin, Milan, Amsterdam, and Ljubljana, has selected the 56 photos that are part of the exhibition. This year the competition has run in collaboration with the New European Bauhaus project ‘Desire – an Irresistible Circular Society’. At the opening, we will reveal which photos made it to the final, as well as the winners of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes. Come explore the jury’s reasons for choosing the winners. Enjoy the nice summer afternoon in Bryghuspladsen, in front of DAC where we serve a refreshing apple-mint drink and chocolate rye bread, made from surplus bread, chocolate, and nuts. As part of the opening you can experience an art performance from the Desire project inspired by this year’s theme New Beauty. Program 17:00: Free apple-mint drinks and chocolate rye bread from Bloxeats 17:30: Welcome, performance, and prize ceremony 18:30: Thank you for today The photo competition is supported by the philanthropic association Realdania and developed in collaboration with the New European Bauhaus project Desire – an Irresistible Circular Society. Desire is funded by the EU. Click to read more!
Kulturhus Bunkeren, Olof Palmes Allé 11. 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark 14.05.2024
The Desire partner Danish Industry and Aarhus municipality invite you to a conference and Desire workshop "ImperfectCity - urban development with all for all". The area in Skejby (Aarhus) by the old journalism college is to be changed. Join us when we discuss how to create an area with room for everyone and where the imperfect plays a positive role. We would also like your suggestions on what is needed if we are to succeed. Free - but no-show fee of 500 DKK without cancellation. Click to read more and sign up.
Denmark (partners in Herlev, Høje-Taastrup and Kalundborg), Turin, Amsterdam, Milan, Ljubljana and Riga. 30.04.2024
Credit Ángel Castillo
‘Capture Your City’ is a photo contest and exhibition (from 1st of March to 1st of May, 2024) where we invite citizens to take photos of their city. In 2024 we’re extending the scope of the project to not only include Danish cities and architecture but also citizens all over Europe, especially people in the cities of Riga, Amsterdam, Milan, Turin, and Ljubljana to show what themes like nature, biodiversity and belonging look like in their city. The competition and exhibition will be part of the New European Bauhaus project ‘Desire – an Irresistible Circular Society’ where we’re collaborating with organizations in your city on experimenting with creating sustainable, attractive, and inclusive urban spaces which respect the limited resources of the planet. The photo competition is supported by Realdania. An international jury will select 50-100 photos for the exhibition and 3 winners of the competition. Stay tuned for more info!
Industriens Hus, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 18, 1553 Copenhagen V, Denmark 24.04.2024
Bestseller. Credit Henning Larsen
As part of the green transition and the New European Bauhaus, we are rethinking the built and inhabited environments of the future. Join the Desire partner Danish Industry (DI) in person for this event (DANISH). You will meet: Marie Gad, Deputy Director, Global Development and Sustainability, DI | Construction Project Manager at Bestseller Lennart Lilleøre Krarup | Partner at Henning Larsen Eva Ravnborg | Christina Haupt Toft - Byggeriets Handletank for Bæredygtighed og Founder of Circle | and Henriette Thuen - New European Bauhaus responsible, Global development and sustainability, DI.
Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Arts & History Museum, Brussels, Belgium 12.04.2024
Desire participates in a joint workshop with the other five New European Bauhaus lighthouse Projects (Creating NEBourhoods Together, NEB-STAR, Bauhaus of the Sea Sails, Cultuur&Campus Putselaan - The Future of the City, and Eyes Hearts Hands) at Art & History Museum Brussels.
Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Arts & History Museum, Brussels 11.04.2024
WALK & TALK OUR WALK APP - engaging with citizens
Join us for this inspiring walk & talk, where Thøger Riis Michelsen tells, how our New European Bauhaus lighthouse project Desire has used the digital tool Our Walk App to involve new (and young) people in the green transition in an area.
Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Arts & History Museum, Brussels, Belgium 10.04.2024
Our Walk App, AGORA
Desire - engaging with citizens: The workshop will introduce the 5 Desire principles, bring examples of how they have been used together with citizens and launch the Our Walk App as a digital tool for engagement. Based on topics that the participants identify themselves, they will be working in smaller groups applying the 5 Desire principles as a dialogue tool to guide the talk in directions that address how we may create an irresistible circular society. Meet Thøger Riis Michelsen / AGORA at the Fair
Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Arts & History Museum, Brussels 10.04.2024
Earth for all, but how? People at the centre of the transition: Panel discussion. Meet among others Madeleine Kate McGowan, Artistic leader of Stedets Væsen at NXT, Denmark - Desire.
Parc du Cinquantenaire and the Arts & History Museum, Brussels, Belgium 10.04.2024
The New Bauhaus movement will need to transform our world fundamentally, establishing new relationships between tangible assets, intangible assets, craft, automation and civic engagement economies. Meet among others Indy Johar, Architect, and co-founder of Architecture 00 and Dark Matter Labs, United Kingdom - Desire
NTNU’s offices in Brussels: Rue Guimard 9, 1040 Brussels, Belgium and online on Zoom 09.04.2024
Before diving into the NEB Festival in Brussels, NEB-STAR and DESIRE invite you to the third event in the Northern NEB Lights series. We will meet at the NTNU Brussels Office to promote dialogue and debate around the implementation of the NEB values in the Nordic context. Join us to address and discuss the power of narratives, new roles and partnerships in urban transformation when working towards climate-neutral cities. The event will be followed by an aperitif to continue our engaging conversations.
Parc du Cinquantenaire and Museum Kunst & Geschiedenis in Brussels 09.04.2024
Desire is participating in the New European Bauhaus Festival, which takes place from April 9th to 13th, 2024 at Parc du Cinquantenaire and Museum Kunst & Geschiedenis in Brussels. This highly anticipated festival brings together people from all over the world to share their visions and actions for a future that is sustainable, beautiful, and inclusive. The festival will feature a diverse and packed program of panel discussions, exhibitions, artistic performances, and more. The European Commission organizes it in collaboration with Belgium’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This year’s festival edition will also include the New European Bauhaus Prizes presentation, recognizing projects, designs, and ideas aligned with the movement’s commitment to shaping a sustainable, beautiful, and inclusive future for Europe. A total of 20 winners from across Europe and beyond will be honoured at an official award ceremony. In addition to the rich program in Brussels, there will be satellite events and activities across Europe, fostering creativity, collaboration, and inspiration for a better tomorrow. 🌟🌍🏛️
Online 18.03.2024
How can different actors and communities get the agency they need to support the acceleration towards climate neutral, human centered and smart cities? This is an important challenge both public, private and knowledge actors alike are targeting all around Norway and in the Nordics, to solve the complex challenges of tomorrow. Partners from the lighthouse projects NEB-STAR and Desire will present different perspectives and case studies, as this challenge highlights the demand for new partnership models, and a continuous focus on co-creation and adaptation to new roles and structures. No matter your background, you're welcome to join! The webinar is free, register here.
Dansk Arkitektur Center, Bryghuspladsen 10, 1473 Copenhagen K, Denmark. 07.03.2024
DAC in Copenhagen. Photo Rasmus Hjortshoj
CANCELED due to illness!!! The Desire project cooperates with our partner DAC - Danish Architecture Center in this dialogue meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. (DANISH) There is almost no urban development project that does not put the community at the centre. But why do communities find it so difficult to thrive in local designs anyway? During the event, we examine how we can connect more with each other and with physical places at a time when people across ages, genders and classes increasingly feel alone. Meet, among others, philosopher and researcher Christiane Mossin (CBS), cultural creator Jesper Koefoed-Melson (Vida Local), urban strategic advisor Niels Bjørn (BYLYD) together with co-CEO Signe Birkving Bertelsen (BRIQ). Photo: Rasmus Hjortshoj. Click to sign up!
Online 05.03.2024
New European Bauhaus in the Nordics – what have we learned, how can we benefit from this knowledge, and what can we potentially develop further? The two Nordic New European Bauhaus lighthouse demonstrators, Desire and NEB-STAR, invite interested stakeholders to two digital dialogue meetings and one physical workshop to share and discuss learnings around the implementation of the NEB values in a Nordic context. The first one is on March 5th, 8.30-10.00 (CET) online (Desire) Title: Art and aesthetics in urban transformation. Meet: Madeleine Kate McGowasn, NXT/Herlev (Desire) – The Garden Caretaker concept: How does art create value for developers and construction companies? Helene Eiliott, Stavanger Municipality (NEB-Star) - NEB-STAR: connecting people and places - exploring relational aesthetics in urban development, and Amalia de Götzen, AAU (Palimpsest) - The Palimpsest project: experimenting and envisioning novel landscape scenarios through co-creation. Click to sign up!
Haveværtens Drivhus, Hørkær 8, Herlev, Denmark, March 1, 2024 - 16.00-18.00 CET. 01.03.2024
The two artists, Tora and Felia, will present their performative practices and audio experiences. As Garden Caretakers they work choreographically with sound, body and place, and invite us to enter into a relationship with the site's diverse communities. The event is free and open to everyone.
Dansk Industri, H. C. Andersens Boulevard 18,1553 København V, Denmark 30.01.2024
What do culture, creativity and design have to do with green transition? Based on the report ”Culture and Creative Sectors and Industries driving Green Transition and facing the Energy Crisis” the Desire partner Danish Industry and Design Denmark would like to give a few suggestions on this question at an afternoon meeting in Industriens Hus, Copenhagen, DK on Tuesday 30. January at 15.30-17.00.
Dansk Arkitektur Center, Bryghuspladsen 10, 1473 Copenhagen K, Denmark. 16.01.2024
Nature in the city is no longer solely defined by a freshly mowed lawn, a flowerbed, or a plane tree on the street. Not anymore, at least. Emerging agendas, where climate and biodiversity take centre stage, are shifting our perception of nature, and this shift is already visible in the urban landscape. But if nature is to occupy more space and play a more significant role in the city, what can we do? For free! Click to sign up.
Hørkær 8, Herlev, Denmark 23.11.2023
The Garden Caretaker Davide Ronco
The Garden Caretaker (right now represented by the Artist Davide Ronco) will present his work in the greenhouse and the surrounding area. If you are in Herlev, DK, or close to it, drop by to say hello to our partner NXT and Davide: Hørkær 8, Herlev 23 Nov 2023,14-16.00.
Drivhuset på Bakkekæret Hørkær 8, Herlev, Denmark 16.11.2023
The fourth Garden Caretaker has moved into the greenhouse in Herlev, DK. Meet him to open greenhouse in November. Davide Ronco is a multidisciplinary artist. “My practice is rooted in extensive material research and solid craftsmanship. Through my work, I challenge conventional tools and methodologies, using site-specific installations and temporary interventions to explore the dichotomy between natural and artificial. Among others, I utilize locally sourced clay and challenge the limitations of the material by embracing its inherent cracks and imperfections. My ongoing research centres on the concept of Ad Extremum, or “until the end; death,” (the human presence’s narrowness) as a reflection of the precarious existence of humankind examining themes of transience, fragility, and decay, and the opposition and discrepancies between humanity and nature.” Open Greenhouse concept on November 16th. Finally, Davide Ronco will present his project on site on November 22nd.
Copenhagen City 13.10.2023
For more than 30 years, Culture Night has been one of Copenhagen's most well-attended cultural events. When the schools begin their autumn holiday the association Kulturnatten creates a festive evening, where the entire cultural life of the city works together to create joy and inspiration for all of us. Visit our partners in BLOX (DDC, DAC and Bloxhub) and Danish Industry. Click on this text to see the programme. Photo credit: Maria Sattrup.
Strada Cuorgnè, 109, 10156 Torino TO, Italy 30.09.2023
Water Saving Camp, July 2023. Photo credit Marzia Allietta
Water Saving Camps
Cascina Falchera - an urban farming and educational area on the outskirts of the City of Turin - aims to regenerate the area through circularity principles and as part of an innovative urban regeneration movement to support the local community and reconnect people, especially the young generations, with natural spaces and the biodiversity and historical as well as and environmental values of the site. As a new initiative, our partners work with water. The first of five water camps took place in July, 2023. The upcoming dates are here: -30 September - October to be confirmed. (Earlier events: - 6 September and 9 September 2023)
Kalundborg Station, Denmark 28.09.2023
Street event, Open House and an exhibition in Kalundborg
Save the dates: Street event on the 28th - and Open House and an exhibition on the 29th of September, where the new students at the urban planning study will show their first ideas for Kalundborg. Our partners in Kalundborg, DK - Det Kongelige Akademi (Royal Danish Academy) and Knowledge Hub Zealand invite all to join. But registration is required for Thursday - email Pernille (pebe@kalundborg.dk).
Industriens Hus, Rådhuspladsen, H. C. Andersens Boulevard 18 1553 København V Denmark 08.09.2023
Kick-off at DI in Copenhagen: Sustainable Urban Transformation - the next business adventure
For the next six months, our Desire partner - DI - Confederation of Danish Industry will focus on sustainable urban transformation. DI invites you to a kick-off event on 8 September 2023 from 08.30 - 09.45 AM in Industriens Hus in Copenhagen. Another Desire partner - Chart - will also take part in the kick-off.
Drivhuset, Hørkær 8, 2730 Herlev, Denmark 07.09.2023
Workshop in the greenhouse in Herlev (DK) on 7 September - 3.30 PM to 5 PM
On 7 September you can meet the second Garden Caretaker at our demonstration site in Herlev, Denmark, artist Georg, who will show some of his Stone Age finds and talk about how the landscape in Herlev looked like 7,000 years ago. Then we go on a short walk (approx. 30 min.) to look for prehistoric traces in the area. - Georg starts talking about the local geological and archaeological past and continues to the present and into the future.
Bella Center, Copenhagen - location: C1M5 - 13 PM to 15 PM 05.07.2023
It has become a widely referenced statistic that our built environments are responsible for approximately 40 percent of global carbon emissions. Yet, it’s less publicised that current carbon reduction policies and pledges, including all binding long-term net-zero targets, would only limit warming to around 2.1°C by the end of the century, resulting in catastrophic consequences. This panel debate brings together leading European actors driving systemic transition of European built environments across public and private sectors. Together we will explore how to leverage our collective force to transition, at the scale and speed that is needed. We’ll discuss how these fundamental changes will go hand in hand with the way we transform our cities and design our future. Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, EIT Climate-KIC Don Brenninkmeijer, Chair Investment Committee at Laudes Foundation, Chair at Built by Nature Hélène Chartier, Director of Urban Planning and Design, C40 Cities Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Founder & Managing Director, Bauhaus Earth Indy Johar, Architect & Co-Founder, Architecture 00 and Dark Matter Labs Bella Center, Copenhagen - location: C1M5 - July 5, 13PM to 15 PM
Wood ReFramed is the BLOXHUB pavilion at the UIA - The International Union of Architects 03.07.2023
New sustainability standards call for a new aesthetic. Or do they? Join us, as we take a deeper look at architectural value and discuss what’s worth preserving and transforming. July 3: 15:45 - 17:00 Panel debate: Enlai Hooi, Senior Associate & Head of Innovation, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects Indy Johar, Architect & Co-Founder, Architecture 00 and Dark Matter Labs Madeleine Kate McGowan, Speculative Designer & Artist, Artistic Leader at NXT Torben Klitgaard, CEO, BLOXHUB Ciarán Cuffe, Member of the European Parliament
Copenhagen 02.07.2023
Find Desire - at the World Congress of International Union of Architects. Stay tuned for more details. The congress aims to make architecture a central tool in achieving the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Expect great partners, inspiring keynotes and to learn from the latest groundbreaking scientific research, enjoy cross-sector networking and discover future methods and materials. Together with more than 10.000 of your peers, embark on a journey towards a more sustainable built environment, for the sake of our planet.
‘BE HERE’, in Brussels, Belgium 22.06.2023
New European Bauhaus in Regions and Cities
New European Bauhaus event regarding learning and education, skilling and upskilling for a more sustainable, inclusive, and beautiful construction and built environment. Henriette Thuen, Leading Senior Advisor at one of our partner organisations DI, the Confederation of Danish Industry participates with Peter Andreas Sattrup, Head of Sustainability at the Danish construction company NCC to present the point of view of a construction company and potentially good practices that promote the necessary skills for a construction sector that should walk towards sustainability and adapt accordingly.
BL's Dome (C18) on the Danish island Bornholm 17.06.2023
June 17, 2023 - 12.00-13.00・BL's Dome (C18) - How do we create a transformation of the built environments of the future - regarding the New European Bauhaus initiative from the European Commission? Desire partner: DI
Cascina Falchera - Turin 17.06.2023
Water shortage is a growing problem throughout Europe. So how to save water? On June 17, 2023, our demonstration site Cascina Falchera in Turin work with this important theme.
Den Sociale Scene, on the Danish island Bornholm 16.06.2023
June 16, 2023 - 17.30 - 19.30 - Den Sociale Scene: Craftsmen are indispensable. They build our houses, construct our bridges, and create our highways. And yet, many craftsmen are met with prejudice, the field is considered low prestige, and there are not enough appliers for vocational education. Join us, as we debate these tendencies and discuss whether we will have enough craftsmen in the future. Desire partner DAC
H2 - Nature Base, on the Danish island Bornholm 16.06.2023
June 16 2023 - 15:00 - 16:00 - H2 - Nature Base: We have been talking about sustainable construction for a long time - what about biodiverse construction? The construction industry is partly responsible for the rapid extinction of species. At the same time, there are no signs that we will stop building when we look into future urbanization and population growth. How to do it? Desire partner: The Royal Danish Academy
Bornholm 15.06.2023
Five debates regarding New European Bauhaus and Desire. With our partners Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), The Royal Danish Academy and DAC - Danish Architecture Center. Read more about events
DI Hjørnet (F34), on the Danish island Bornholm 15.06.2023
June 15, 2023 - 16.45-17.30 - DI Hjørnet (F34). The EU Commission has kick-started a cultural movement - New European Bauhaus - that will make the cities of the future both greener and more beautiful and create more inclusive spaces for citizens. The goal is to achieve climate neutrality, significantly increase biodiversity and make living in cities more attractive. The solutions must be developed over the coming years in close collaboration between architects, artists, designers, engineers, students and citizens in a number of different countries. But how to do it? Desire partner: DI.
MorgenDAC at BL’s Dome, on the Danish island Bornholm 15.06.2023
June 15, 2023 - 15-16 - MorgenDAC at BL’s Dome: What is the Future of the Single-Family Home? Today, the single-family home is the most popular housing form in Denmark; almost 50 percent of the Danish population live like this. But the housing form does not fit well with the sustainable transition, we are all facing. Can the Danish housing dream be transformed into something more sustainable? Meet us at this talk, where we will take a closer look at the Danish housing dream.
Haveværtens Drivhus Hørkær 8, 2730 Herlev, DK 07.06.2023
What happens if we simply let the other-than-human speak for itself and influence the development of an old industrial site in Herlev? Stedets Væsen (NXT - Desire partner), Building Conversations, and Bybi invite you to a roundtable dialogue - a 'Parliament of Birds' - in the old industrial quarter of Herlev, Denmark. The neighbourhood is undergoing a transformation, to become a residential area. In the middle of this transformation, we invite citizens and relevant actors in the construction project, to represent the more-than-human perspective on site. 'The Parliament of Birds' is a performative staging that uses conversation as a format to challenge the world view that places humans at the center, when buildings, urban areas and landscapes are planned. 7 Jun - 17:00 -20.00 This event is taking place on two dates, where one is in Danish and the other is in English. Find det Danish event here. https://www.cafx.dk/event/fuglenes-parlament
Haveværtens Drivhus Hørkær 8, 2730 Herlev, DK 06.06.2023
Stedets Væsen (NXT - Desire-partner) inviterer i samarbejde med Building Conversations og Bybi til en rundbordssamtale - et 'Fuglenes Parlament' - i det gamle industrikvarter i Hørkær i den sydvestlige del af Herlev. Hér undergår en tidligere industrigrund i øjeblikket en transformation til i fremtiden at være et boligområde med indbydende grønne rekreative arealer for mennesker. 7. juni kl. 17.00-20.00 (EN) This event is taking place on two dates, where one is in Danish and the other is in English. Find the English event here: https://www.cafx.dk/event/fuglenes-parlament-2
Haveværtens Drivhus Hørkær 8, 2730 Herlev, DK 03.06.2023
En række kunstnere indtager rollen som Havevært i et gammelt industriområde i Herlev, med base i et dråbeformet drivhus. Vi inviterer hermed til samtale med den første havevært, forfatter Helene Johanne Christensen, som deler refleksioner og feltbog.Hvordan lærer man et sted at kende, hvordan drager man omsorg for et sted, man ikke kender til fulde? En del af svaret, tror Helene, er at vise det opmærksomhed – at lytte til, hvad stedet fortæller. Lytte, røre og se og på den måde lade stedet komme til syne, komme til dig, idet du forholder dig åben og fordomsfri. JUNE 3 @ 18:00 – 20:30 TILMELDING? Der er få pladser til rådighed, så tilmelding er nødvendig – skriv til siv@nxtbrand.dk
Turin, Italy 26.05.2023
Over the weekend we will keep the Cascina open for activities with families and children. Partner: KAIROSCONSORZIO DI COOPERATIVE SOCIALI - SOCIETA COOPERATIVA SOCIALE O.N.L.U.S
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Desire will create a movement that sets new standards and develops methods for transforming urban spaces