Bauhaus of the Seas Sails

“The vision of the BoSS project is to demonstrate and archive solutions for climate neutrality with a particular focus on coastal cities as an interface to healthy seas, ocean and water bodies envisioning a new triangle of sustainability, inclusion, and design focused on the most important global natural space. The BoS will offer opportunities to engage with communities for an environmentally sustainable, socially fair, and aesthetically appealing transition. Seven lighthouse demonstrators, located in four different regions and aquatic ecosystems in Portugal (estuary), Italy (lagoon and gulf), Sweden/Germany (strait / north sea / river), and the Netherlands/Belgium (delta) will showcase the transformational and uptake impact at the EU level serving as lighthouse pilots for the implementation of Horizon Europe mission objectives and showcase innovative solutions. The seven pilots will all provide tangible examples of mission-oriented approaches that are impactful, measurable, and targeted. The action plan includes the deployment of “”drops”” in all pilots designed to generate “”ripple”” effects at the local (demonstrator) level but then also at the city/region levels (demonstrating effects of scale) and at a broader level (demonstrating the replication. The BoSS, therefore, introduces an ecocentric narrative both cosmopolitan and rooted in nature-based solutions, plural, and testimonial, proposing to apply a design approach to complex socio-technical-ecological and more-than-anthropocentric problems. An agenda that moves from fixing to caring, from growth to nurture, from certainty to contingency, will enable designers, architects, and engineers to think about assemblages instead of systems and change the outcome from extinction to precarious flourishing. The design of these interactions generates the emergence of new aesthetics and, most decisively, a critical awareness of the history, contemporary, and future: designing beyond humans as a way to sustain our future.”


The Bauhaus of the Seas Sails will build a portfolio of demonstrator pilots: the Atlantic Tagus River Estuary (Lisbon/Oeiras), the Lagoon in the Adriatic (Venice) and the Gulf of Genoa (Genoa), the Atlantic Rhine–Scheldt Delta (Rotterdam) and the Öresund Strait (Malmö) and North Sea / Elbe River (Hamburg). All sites have committed to the BoSS, including large-scale initiatives (funded by EU structural and recovery funds) that span significant coastal areas of the city/region, capable of adapting and scaling up the Horizon Europe missions’ activities, creating a much-needed interconnection between the cities, rivers, seas and the oceans. These cities/regions have committed their ambitious development plans to the BoSS, including a clear leadership commitment (political, planning, and professional). As such, the demonstrator pilots will serve as a reference for the broader implementation of the New European Bauhaus under the vision of the BoSS which also includes a list of observer regions including representatives from the outermost regions of Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands and also representatives from Africa and the Americas (Brasil).


01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

Funding scheme

European Commission

Project reference

Grant Agreement ID: 101079995


Magellan; TBA21 - Academy; Ca’ Foscari University of Venice; University of Malmø; Genoa Municipality; Het Nieuwe Instituut; Delft University of Technology; Marine Education Center / Naturum Öresund; North Adriatic Sea Port Authority; Venice Municipality; IUAV University; Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia; Gulbenkian Foundation; Oeiras Municipality; Lisbon Municipality; EGTS Linieland van Waas en Hulst; Deichtorhallen Hamburg

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HCI Subfields

Critical Computing; Interaction Beyond the Individual; Specific Applications Areas; Sustainability, and Social Justice