“We currently have available some very powerful communication tools that enable us to generate attendance-based dialogues but which can be broadcast internationally via the major hubs of the NEB and can include social groups that previously had no voice. We are talking about the professional sector – architects, designers, interior designers – but also companies and society in general, with a special look at childhood. We want to reflect on how the city should evolve to become integrated in this new green paradigm, with debates and meetings that examine global challenges in a local manner. We also want to include our institutional partners, our Creative Supporters, schools and adhered entities in these debates and to offer, from Mediterranean design and creativity, solutions that can easily be applied in other parts of Europe,” explains Xavi Calvo.
In this respect, the programming of World Design Capital Valencia 2022 will include activities under this umbrella and other partners of the NEB will be invited to take part in the debate, such as La Marina, Barcelona Centre de Disseny, La Pinada Lab, Non Architecture or other international entities such as the Dutch Design Foundation or Triennale Milano. In this respect, Xavi Calvo has already participated in different international events, talking about the project of World Design Capital Valencia 2022 aligned to the NEB values in forums organised by the city of Helsinki and the conferences of the Triennale Milano.
“We have great expectations of being an active participant of the New European Bauhaus not only in this first stage of the development of ideas, but also in the subsequent stages of prototyping and implementation of projects, resulting from this preliminary work of co-design. We want to position the city as a World Design Capital committed to and aware of the implementation of the values of the NEB, thus forming a perfect laboratory that brings together all the social agents in this implementation stage,” says Kike Correcher, member of the Associació València Capital Mundial del Diseño 2022 and representative of READ in the BEDA (Bureau European Design Association) and one of the first partners of the NEB.