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HDK-Valand at European sustainability fair in Brussels


This week, the University of Gothenburg is at the New European Bauhaus Festival in Brussels and HDK-Valand is represented by Karl-Johan Skogh, Senior Lecturer in Design.

The festival, which takes place between 8-13 April, was initiated in 2023. The purpose of the festival is to implement the European Green Deal - an initiative of the European Commission to make the European Union climate neutral by 2050. Through the New European Bauhaus Festival, the initiative will be linked to citizens' daily lives and neighbourhoods. The festival aims to encourage Europeans to build a sustainable and inclusive future.

“The festival is a way to invite and showcase how design, art, crafts and architecture can contribute to a green, sustainable and inclusive transition. The festival is open to everyone, so we expect to meet many different visitors but also more targeted approaches where the goal is to build networks, look for collaborations and possible funding," says Karl-Johan Skogh

Karl-Johan Skogh is here with other colleagues from the University of Gothenburg because of his work with the Transition Lab. And specifically the Blue Community Garden. The project has been nominated as a finalist in the 'Reconnecting with nature' category of the New European Bauhaus Prizes 2024.

“The nomination means that there is a broad interest in the work around the marine allotment and the transition lab. Being selected as one of the finalists out of 530 entries is a recognition for all involved and strengthens the individual and collective effort. “  

In addition to participating in the joint stand for the University of Gothenburg, Karl-Johan Skogh is also holding a LAB workshop during the festival where participants learn about sustainable seafood and can make their own algae salt.

“For my part, this connects to my work with SWEMARC and the FORMAS project A Blue Community Garden in the Port of Gothenburg - Future Food from the Ocean. As part of the project, my work has had a strong focus on how design can contribute to the transdisciplinary processes that include how we communicate, create meetings, and knowledge production” says Karl-Johan Skog