After being reported among the leading best practices at the European level, Open Design School, the multidisciplinary and experimental laboratory of Matera European Capital Of Culture 2019, was selected as an official partner of the New European Bauhaus. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, supported the initiative to reimagine our way of living sustainably and inclusively, through a better dialogue between art, culture, science, and technology.
The official communication arrived yesterday at the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation in a note from the European Commission. Therefore, Open Design School was recognized for carrying out activities relevant to one or more dimensions of the New European Bauhaus and the ability to act as a promoter and inspirer of the debates and ideas that will be developed through the movement.
The new European Bauhaus is divided into three phases: collaborative planning, realization and dissemination. Initially, a series of open dialogues is foreseen to conceive the general lines in an overall co-creation process. In parallel, the initiative will establish a perimeter to carry out the operational phase, in line with the ongoing planning of the multiannual financial framework.
As a partner, Open Design School will organize a series of initiatives, gathering professionals from all disciplines to generate ideas, identify projects, practices or inspiring concepts, involving citizens to discuss and bring out needs and expectations, acting as a collector and sounding board for the various contributions collected.
In particular, four will be the thematic focus that will be developed engaging the community of reference, both local and European, related to the European Capitals of Culture:
- Urban planning and expansion of the city and sustainability.
- Co-creation and inclusion to shape the future.
- Openness addressing complexity through multidisciplinarity and the exchange of knowledge.
- Cultural programs after the pandemic to rethink public spaces towards a resilient model.
"The recognition of Open Design School as a partner of the new European Bauhaus makes us particularly proud - underlines the Director of the Foundation Matera Basilicata 2019, Rossella Tarantino - as it represents an obvious legacy of one of the pillar projects of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019, thanks to its ability to involve the community in co-creation processes related to European issues of sustainability, accessibility, inclusiveness, urban regeneration, circular economy, participation and active citizenship. This approach has characterized the ten years of the path of Matera 2019. Design is central to the School as an essential tool to address complexity, providing multiple solutions and allowing flexibility and inclusiveness. Being recognized as a model for the New European Bauhaus allows us to be a collective tool for designing the future, together with anyone who wants to participate".