The shift from new build to regeneration. Can the New Bauhaus transform architecture and design to meet global challenges?

  • David Ness University of South Australia (Australia)
Keywords: climate emergency, sustainable development goals, built environment, resource consumption, absolute reduction

Abstract

The New European Bauhaus forms part of a Renovation Wave and complements the EU Green Deal – a commitment to tackling climate and environment related challenges by ‘decoupling’ economic growth from resource use, while leading to a ‘fair and prosperous’ society. After arguing that the Green Deal does not go far enough to achieve the dramatic transformation required, a new agenda is put forward where needs are met with less consumption and carbon, less new building, and more regeneration. The New Bauhaus, intended to ‘match sustainability with style’, is seen as the ‘engine room’ and inspiration for this agenda, which may radically disrupt and transform current approaches to architecture. Thus, constraints imposed by regeneration of existing buildings, with their ethical and cultural dimensions, can inspire greater creativity and imagination while conserving carbon, cost, and character.

Author Biography

David Ness, University of South Australia (Australia)

Architect and PhD, is an Adjunct Professor within UniSA STEM. He investigates ways of delivering more services with less resource consumption, carbon, and cost. David was awarded the ARUP Global Research Challenge 2017 to adapt the circular economy to the built environment. He has advised UN ESCAP and UN Habitat on ‘green growth’ and eco-efficient and inclusive infrastructure.
E-mail: david.ness@unisa.edu.au

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Hudson Yards in New York (credit: Jim Ekstrand /Alamy Stock Photo). AGATHÓN 09 | 2021
Published
2021-06-22
How to Cite
Ness, D. (2021) “The shift from new build to regeneration. Can the New Bauhaus transform architecture and design to meet global challenges?”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 22-31. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/922021.
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