The OMC group of EU Member State experts has recently published the report “Towards a shared culture of architecture – Investing in a high-quality living environment for everyone“.
An Open Method of Coordination (OMC) Working Group of Member States’ experts was set up in the framework of the “Cohesion and well-being” priority foreseen by the 2019-2022 work plan for culture of the European Union’s Council. It has brought together experts on culture and architecture to discuss and ground ideas on building a high quality of life for everyone. In 2020 and 2021, the group of 39 selected experts, coordinated by the European Commission, addressed the main challenges and strategies for our living environment, exchanged knowledge, analysed case studies, and shared recommendations on the many ways high-quality architecture can indeed help to improve and further develop the spaces and places of Europe for the benefit of everyone. At the same time, the European Commission launched the New European Bauhaus which aims at transforming the European Green Deal into a new cultural project, beyond its technological or economic dimensions. This work also inspired the work of the OMC group work.
The result of this collaborative process is a report that, structured in 7 chapters, underlines how architectural quality and design thinking are key factors that can foster positive change. The European Experts Network on Culture (EENC) expert, Martin Steinmetz, supported the OMC throughout the process.