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  • Romy Kraus

#BauhausOfTheSeas: Pioneering Sustainability through Interdisciplinary Innovation

The New European Bauhaus initiative includes Bauhaus Of The Seas project coordinator Nuno Jardim Nunes, a professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. This initiative targets climate change and sustainability using Bauhaus principles to promote sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion.

Bauhaus Of The Seas promotes ocean literacy, interdisciplinarity, and ecological integration in living places to promote sustainability and connectivity with the ocean. Nunes uses computer science and sustainability to promote ocean conservation.

Nuno Jardim Nunes

Q: Can you introduce yourself, please?

A: My name is Nuno Jardim Nunes. I'm a professor at the Instituto Superior Técnico from the University of Lisbon, and the coordinator of the Bauhaus Of The Seas project.

Q: What is the Bauhaus Of The Seas project, and how did it come about?

A: The project is one of the lighthouse projects of the New European Bauhaus initiative, aimed at addressing crucial challenges like climate change and sustainability. The idea emerged from the need for Europe, after COVID and recent challenges, to initiate a movement similar to the Bauhaus post-World War I, but focusing on sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion.

Q: How does the Bauhaus influence this project?

A: The Bauhaus Of The Seas interprets the Bauhaus vision from the perspective of a peripheral country with a significant relationship with the ocean. Unlike the original Bauhaus focused on industrialization, our project emphasizes less construction, using nature-based solutions, and aims for an interspecies, intergenerational, and intercultural approach to design living spaces and reconnect with nature.

Q: What are your hopes for the upcoming event?

A: This conference, while focusing on the pilot of wedges, aims at exchanging experiences and ideas from different pilots. The ideal outcome is for people to share these ideas broadly, inspiring cities like wedges to be ambitious in pursuing sustainable urban changes.

Q: What drives you in life and in this project?

A: Transitioning my research towards sustainability a decade ago, my passion lies in leveraging my background in computer science and love for the ocean to bring people and institutions together to make meaningful contributions to the future. Projects like the Ocean Race, which connects with the ocean in unique ways, exemplify the importance of our work.

Q: How do you view the impact of human activities on the ocean?

A: Our dependency on the ocean and its disconnect from daily life often leads us to overlook our impact. Projects highlighting the ocean as a crucial part of our ecosystem are vital for raising awareness and promoting sustainable interactions with nature.


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