Re-Building to Last

Led by Trans Europe Halles (TEH), Re-Building to Last (RTL) aims to build the capacity of cultural spaces to address the sustainable futures of their buildings and organisations, inspiring and leading sustainable transition among cultural teams, audiences, communities and cities. RTL will initiate a two-year programme delivered by five cultural centres, three architecture and engineering companies, one university, one innovation and research centre, four cultural networks and two intergovernmental organisations, all combining expertise that will have lasting effects on the European and global cultural landscape. 

Main objectives

To Research: to identify current practices in regards to sustainability
To Train: to design training and offer tools informed by the outcomes of the research
To Renovate: to implement out short-term and long-term solutions to the buildings, improbing their sustainability by using the outcomes of the project. 

The vision is to make grassroots and community-led cultural spaces environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, carbon neutral facilities that not only have a positive impact on the users and local communities but become inspirational leaders in a new movement for green culture, in Europe and across the world. 

About Trans Europe Halles 

TEH has been at the forefront of repurposing post-industrial buildings for cultural uses since 1983. It’s one of the most progressive and dynamic cultural networks in Europe and not only the independent sector looks up to it. We believe that there’s no time to lose and want to support a sustainable transition by integrating participatory practices and circular design in re-thinking cultural centres and public spaces. 

TEH will make use of its strong connections with its Swedish members and other organisations aligning with the New European Bauhaus (NEB) movement. Sweden is renowned for its innovative approach and successful sustainable renovation of buildings, design, architecture, green culture, an expertise and knowledge that TEH would be able to showcase. 

This capacity-building program will also set the bases to carry out actual retrofitting pilot projects aligning with the principles of the NEB, from 2025 onward. 


The project is funded by the Creative Europe project of the European Union.

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