Northern NEB-lights. Welcome to an interactive dialogue!

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! See the video from the first webinar! And sign up for the next!

See the video from the first webinar on YouTube or below.

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.

In 2022, six lighthouse projects were selected for the development of ‘lighthouse demonstrators' of the New European Bauhaus (NEB), showcasing in practice how to bring the European Green Deal closer to our daily lives and living spaces. Through citizen engagement and co-creation across sectors and disciplines, the projects were set to create more sustainable, inclusive, and beautiful spaces at a local level, serving as the starting point for a European and worldwide network of NEB initiatives.

Two of these projects originate from the Nordic region, with Norway (NEB-STAR) and Denmark (Desire) as lead countries. More than halfway through the process, several exciting results and learnings have already been identified. Parallel to this, other initiatives are taking place around the Nordic countries, with different scopes and mandates to concretize the NEB values.

We believe that there are many interesting synergies and are therefore inviting stakeholders representing different interests connected with NEB in a Nordic context to three interactive sessions, two digital and one physical, during the first half of 2024, where we share and discuss key findings from our NEB involvement. The ambition is to contribute to a common understanding of the Nordic perspective on an inclusive, beautiful, and sustainable development of climate-neutral and resilient cities and communities across the region, and possibly plant seeds that can grow into new Nordic initiatives.

We look forward to fruitful discussions!

Information and registration

March 18th, 14.00-15.30 (CET), online (NEB-STAR)

Title: Partnering up for societal change - public/private co-creation, citizen initiatives and new, emerging roles in urban transformation
Registration: Sign up here

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.


  • Welcome and a short introduction, by Design and Architecture Norway
  • Partnerships as part of a new and inclusive local economy - Social Entrepreneurship in Urban Development Processes, presented by Ragnhild Klevmoen, Norway Unlimited, partner in NEB-STAR
  • Public-private-people partnerships in the establishment of new urban areas, the Kalundborg Circular Campus, presented by Pernille Bech - Desire project
  • Partnership models to enhance the use of existing areas in urban development, presented by NEB-STAR
  • Discussion of connections between presentations and questions from participants

The physical workshop in Stavanger, Norway, on 8 May will take place in relation to the conference Nordic Edge Expo.

Previous webinar

March 5th, 8.30-10.00 (CET) online (Desire), see the programme below

Title: Art and aesthetics in urban transformation. See the video from the first webinar on YouTube

The Desire event - March 5th 

Northern NEB lights – art and aesthetics in urban transformation

Working actively with aesthetics is one of the key explorations in the New European Bauhaus movement. But what do we mean by aesthetics? And which role can aesthetics play in sustainable and inclusive urban transformation? How can aesthetics become an active tool and why is this crucial?

Three speakers will unfold their perception of aesthetics and how they work with art and aesthetics. They represent organisations involved in three New European Bauhaus related projects: Desire and NEB-Star, two lighthouse demonstrator projects, and Palimpsest, a heritage landscape project.


- Welcome and a short introduction

- Madeleine Kate McGowan, 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

- Amalia de Götzen, AAU (Palimpsest) - The Palimpsest project: experimenting and envisioning novel landscape scenarios through co-creation

- NEB Salon – curiosity, exchange of knowledge, learning

- Pointing forwards – closing remarks

Speaker bios

Madeleine Kate McGowan: Artist, award winning filmmaker, and speculative designer. Artistic leader of ‘Being of Place’ at NXT. In Desire, Madeleine Kate McGowan and NXT are responsible for demonstration activities at our site in Herlev – follow their work and story through this link.

Helene Eiliott: Advisor of Innovation in Stavanger municipality, engaging artistic research and promoting the use of art in municipal processes. In NEB-Star, Helene Eiliott plays a key role in unfolding the ambition of changing the way municipalities, business, citizens and other actors work together, applying a relational aesthetics perspective – find further information about NEB-Star through this link.

Amalia de Götzen: Amalia de Götzen is an Associate Professor at Aalborg University in Copenhagen and a member of the Service Design Lab. Amalia’s research activity focuses on Digital Social Innovation and, in particular, on the intersection between Interaction Design and Service Design. In Palimpsest, Amalia is collaborating with creative actors to regenerate the lost sustainability wisdom in heritage landscapes – find further information about Palimpsest through this link.