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New European Bauhaus: Designing Futures for Sustainability, Beauty and Inclusion


Ocean Space
Admission fee
Free of charge
In collaboration with

ETSAM Madrid School of Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Supported by

Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda

General Directorate of Urban Agenda and Architecture


The event will be held in English

On September 16, 2020, the President of the European Commission presented the New European Bauhaus (NEB), an ambitious ecological, economic, and cultural project. The initiative will implement the EU's future objectives based on three fundamental pillars: sustainability, inclusiveness, and aesthetics. Conceived with an eminently practical sense, the NEB will demonstrate how sustainable innovation can be translated into tangible and positive experiences in our daily lives.

Within Spain, the ETSAM Madrid School of Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is a reference institution in this field. Currently, the teaching programmes and lines of scientific research, seek to build alternative futures in a NEB spirit.

This event consists of a series of short lectures and a colloquium aimed at sharing the different actions and proposals that are carried out in ETSAM. The speakers are experts in a wide array of fields, such as architectural design, urban planning, heritage, sustainable design and gender studies. The purpose is to create synergies with other schools and institutions and to join efforts and ensure that the spirit of the NBE floods the policies of each town, city or region.

This event is aligned with the curatorship of the Spanish Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia 2023, under the theme Foodscape.


Chair of the event

Manuel Blanco Lage, Dean of ETSAM


Emilio Tuñón. ETSAM Chaired Professor, Department of Architectural Design

Ángela García de Paredes. ETSAM Professor, Department of Architectural Design

José María Sánchez García. ETSAM Professor, Department of Architectural Design

Patxi Lamíquiz. ETSAM Professor, Department of Urban Planning

Héctor Navarro. ETSAM Professor, Department of Architectural Composition

Fernanda De Maio. IUAV Full Professor of Architectural and Urban Design, Department of Architecture and Arts

Simeona Manova. European Commission, Cabinet of Commissioner Elisa Ferreira for Cohesion and Reforms

Event Curators

Rodrigo de la O

Nicolas Marine


Manuel Blanco Lage - Dean of ETSAM

Manuel Blanco Lage is the dean of the ETSAM Madrid School of Architecture, where he is also a professor. From this position he directs and coordinates the cooperation agreement between the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, through the ETSAM School of Architecture, and the General Directorate. Its goals are to analyze, promote and position at international level the contribution of Spain to the New European Bauhaus.

He has been the director of the Madrid Higher Fashion Design Center from 2013 to 2017 and is currently its CEO. He was the first director of the National Museum of Architecture and Urbanism of Spain, as well. In 2006 he was Curator of the Spanish Pavilion in the X Biennale di Architettura di Venezia. He has also been the winner of the Museography contest of the Royal Collections Museum, and is in charge of the project of the two exhibition halls. In addition, he has been a patron of the Madrid Designers Association Foundation DIMAD and a member of ICAM International Confederation of Architectural Museums.

Emilio Tuñón - ETSAM Chaired Professor, Department of Architectural Design

Emilio Tuñón holds a degree in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) and a PhD since 2000. He is currently professor of Architectural Design at the Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. He has been a visiting professor at the universities of Princeton, Frankfurt and Lausanne, the Harvard School of Design and the schools of Barcelona, San Pablo CEU and Navarra.

In 1992 he founded, together with Luis Moreno Mansilla, the firm Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos. His most notable projects include the Museum of Archaeology and Fine Arts in Zamora, the Joaquín Leguina Regional Library in Madrid, the MUSAC in León, the Museum of Cantabria and the Royal Collections Gallery in Madrid. His built works have received numerous awards, including the National Architecture Prize in 2003, the Mies van der Rohe Award and the European Union's Contemporary Architecture Award in 2007 and the Gold Medal for Fine Arts in 2014.

Ángela García de Paredes - ETSAM Professor, Department of Architectural Design

Ángela García de Paredes de Falla holds a degree in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) and a PhD since 2015. She combines her professional work with teaching and research in the Department of Architectural Design at the Madrid School of Architecture ETSAM since 1995. She has also been a guest lecturer at the schools of architecture of Pamplona, Valencia, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya and Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), giving lectures in academic and professional contexts in Europe, the United States and Latin America.

In 1990, together with Ignacio García Pedrosa, she founded the firm Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos. With more than thirty projects, his work has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, such as the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts of Spain (2014), the Spanish Architecture Award (2007), the AR Emerging Architecture, the Madrid Architecture Award, the International Gold Medal for Sustainable Architecture, the Torroja Award for Engineering and Architecture, the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention or the Europa Nostra Honorable Mention.

José María Sánchez García - ETSAM Professor, Department of Architectural Design

José María Sánchez García holds a degree in architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM) and a PhD since 2016 with his doctoral thesis 'El Caso Bath'. He develops his teaching work as an associate Professor of Architectural Projects at the School of Architecture of Madrid. He has also been a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, at the ETH University of Zurich and at the IUAV of Venice. In 2017 he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Fellowship. He has also received an honorable mention in the Spanish Architecture Prize 2017. The architectural firm José María Sánchez has been awarded national and international prizes, such as First Prize BSI Swiss Architectural Award, Switzerland; First Prize AR+D Architecture Review Awards, London; Architectural Record's Design Vanguard Award, New York; First Prize Ibero-American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism; First Prize Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism and the First Prize Enor Architecture Award.

Patxi Lamíquiz - ETSAM Professor, Department of Urban Planning

Patxi Lamíquiz holds a PhD in Architecture and lectures as an associate professor at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the UPM. Co-author with Julio Pozueta of several reference books on sustainable mobility and urban life. Among his recent works stand out several about urban regeneration and complex public space such as the "Plan de Actuaciones para la Puerta del Sol" (Ayuntamiento de Madrid, 2017), the "Propuesta de intervención para la Revitalización Urbana en un área interdistrital: Ciudad Lineal sur y San Blás oeste (Ayuntamiento de Madrid, 2016)" or the direction of the "Plan Director para la Recuperación de los Bulevares de Madrid" (2012), as well as the co-direction of the "Avance del PGOU de Torrelodones" and the participation in the urbanization projects of numerous streets and squares in Madrid, with COTACERO S. L.

Héctor Navarro - ETSAM Professor, Department of Architectural Composition

Héctor Navarro holds a PhD in architecture with a cum laude distinction. His doctoral thesis entitled "Symbiosis and frontiers between architecture and contemporary urban spaces" was awarded an extraordinary prize by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

He is an adjunt professor at ETSAM and CSDMM, and also carries out architectural projects in Madrid and Cantabria. Since 2007 he collaborates with Manuel Blanco, designing and curating exhibitions and museum installations, such as "Grandes Encuadernaciones" (Palacio Real de Madrid), "Campo Baeza, the creation tree" (MAXXI-Rome, Gallery MA-Tokyo), "Una ciudad llamada España" (Pinacoteca Nacional-Athens, Central House of Artists-Moscow).

Fernanda De Maio - IUAV Full Professor of Architectural and Urban Design, Department of Architecture and Arts

Fernanda De Maio is an architect and full professor of architectural and urban design at Università Iuav di Venezia. She is the rector's delegate for the coordination of outreach and communication and the coordinator of the master's degree programme in architecture. Involved in a wide number of workshops, she is one of the founders and scientific coordinator of the Villard International Design Seminar. She is also the scientific director of the Galileo Italy / France Programme "Cultural processes and urban transformations - New perspectives on the south bank of Mediterranean”.

Founder and partner of the Na.o.Mi agency, obtaining mentions and awards. Her works and projects have been exhibited on several occasions, including Venice Biennale Architettura and Biennale Arte, and published in international books and magazines (Casabella, Domus, d’A).