New European Bauhaus: applications open for the 2022 Prizes – Regional policy

After the success of the first awards which received more than 2,000 applications last year, the 2022 edition will celebrate new inspiring examples of the transformations that the initiative wants to bring about in our daily lives, our living spaces and our experiences. As in the first edition, the New European Bauhaus Awards 2022 will reward ideas from young talents as well as existing projects for sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics bringing the European Green Deal to people and local communities.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, noted: “The new European Bauhaus draws inspiration from European culture, education, science and innovation to turn the promise of the European Green Deal into improvements for our daily lives. I can’t wait to see the best of European creativity come to life in this year’s applications.”

Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, noted: “Now more than ever, we need sustainable and innovative ideas to transform the way we live and work, leaving no one behind. The new European Bauhaus rewards the best, boldest and brightest concepts to improve our regions and cities in a way that respects both people and the planet. Cohesion policy will continue to help turn these new ideas into reality in all European regions, for the benefit of all our communities.”

Prizes will be awarded to projects and ideas that contribute to beautiful, sustainable and inclusive places, in four categories:

  • reconnect with nature;
  • regain a sense of belonging;
  • prioritize the places and people most in need;
  • foster long-term, lifecycle-focused thinking integrated into the industrial ecosystem.

The categories reflect the four thematic axes of transformation of the New European Bauhaus. These were identified during the co-design phase of the initiative, with the participation of thousands of people and organizations who contributed their views and experiences. Entries will be evaluated against the initiative’s three core values: sustainability, aesthetics and inclusion. Applicants from all Member States as well as worldwide are encouraged to apply as long as their projects/ideas are located in the European Union.

In each of the categories, there are two parallel competition streams:

  • The “New European Bauhaus Awards” – for existing completed examples within the past two years; and
  • The ‘New European Bauhaus Rising Stars’ – for concepts or ideas submitted by young designers under the age of 30.

In addition to the 16 prizes awarded by jury (one winner and one runner-up for each category and stream), two additional prizes will be selected by public vote among the best entries. A total of 18 winners will receive a prize of up to €30,000, as well as a communication package to help them develop and promote their initiatives.

Applications are open until February 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. CET. Applicants of all nationalities and backgrounds are welcome, as long as their concepts, ideas and projects are developed or physically located in the EU.


The new European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project, aiming to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability and investment in order to contribute to the realization of the European Green Deal.

Launched by the President von der Leyen in his 2020 State of the Union address, the new European Bauhaus was co-designed with thousands of people and organizations across Europe and beyond.

In September 2021, the initiative moved from co-design to implementation with a Communication from the Commission setting out policy actions and funding to make the initiative a reality.

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