Zgorzelec/Görlitz 12.12.2019

Exactly 100 years ago in Weimar, at the end of the nightmare of World War I, the Bauhaus School of Arts and Crafts was founded on the initiative of Walter Groupius
she created her own architectural direction within German modernism, which became a model for all of the world 20th century architecture.
We are convinced that the 21st century, together with its failure to meet great climate challenges in history, requires an analogical institutional ideological and technological initiative as it was 100 years ago. This is necessary especially in view of the "NEW GREEN REGULATION" adopted unanimously by 26 EU countries, i.e. the decision on reaching the European Union by 2050 to a climate neutral economy.

100 years ago, when BAUHAUS Walter Groupius was created
the era of the first industrial revolution was ending and the era of the revolution of internal combustion engines, followed by jet and rockets of the twentieth century began, today we are on the threshold of the revolution of electric and hydrogen propulsion. It was not the capitalist entrepreneurs of that time that initiated the modernist artistic revolution
architectural end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, but architects and artists, seeing new challenges in the displacement of artistic craft by mass production, but also seeing completely new possibilities from the use of completely new materials and production systems. It is similar today, and we are convinced that it is here in Europe-city that, as a result of the international discussion of eco-architects, engineers and scientists on contemporary challenges, but also new technological opportunities, a new direction of thinking about eco-architecture can be initiated in the spirit of "NEW GREEN ORDER"
But all countries in the European Union are currently facing much more serious eco-architectural challenges than, for example, electric cars, photovoltaic batteries on roofs, home wind farms or a building thermomodernization program.
 Well, in the next 10 years, the European road-rail-water-corridors, including new high-speed rail lines, as defined already by the EU decision of 1996, and road transport should be reduced in favor of intermodal glue and water transport. The implementation of these infrastructural goals may come across implementation problems such as, for example, in historic Toruń, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in nearby Bydgoszcz, located on the Vistula River. These are the biggest current challenges for Eco-architecture and Eco-urban planning and there are many reasons to organize international debates, workshops, conferences and eco-urban competitions on this topic at Europastadt Görlitz / Zgorzelec. First of all, because Goerlitz should also follow in the footsteps of Toruń and try to get a UNESCO World Heritage site for its old town as soon as possible. Secondly, because Toruń and Bydgoszcz, like today Goerlitz have been separated for two centuries into two separate cities by the border river Vistula and which greatly influenced the nineteenth century run of the railway through Toruń and which will hinder the design of a new high-speed railway through Toruń. Thirdly, in Bydgoszcz, as in Goerlitz, there is the Bombardier company, there is a PESA train and tram factory, so the search for new eco-urban solutions would also immediately result in Europastad implementing these solutions for production and increasing, not reducing jobs! Fourthly, both Toruń and Goerlitz have owed their development for centuries to trade routes (Via Regia and Camino Polaco - Road Poland to Vilnius) and to the pilgrimage routes of St. James at which it lies, and currently also lie close to the TEN-T rail and road network (motorways A-1 and A-4) and railway. So organizing in Eurostad Goerlitz Zgorzelec international conference on pro-ecological urban planning would make four sense.
That is why I would like to invite you to the discussion I have been running for almost 2 years with the architects of Legnica and Jeleniogórski architects on the advisability of organizing the 2020 Saxon-Lower Silesian International Eco-Urban Competition in Legnica, Jelenia Góra and Europastadt and which would be completed by a document Goerlitz Cards - Zgorzelec of 21st Century Eco-Urban Postulates as an update of the postulates of the Athens Charter of 1931 as well as the development and specific postulates of the Leipzig Charter for the sustainable development of European cities in 2007. I am convinced that it is even harder to imagine a more broad and already sustainable and global promoting Europastad Gorlitz / Zgorzelec as places of the International Eco-Urban Congress and announcing postulates for 21st-century Eco-urban planning of the Goerlitz / Zgorzelec card.

Zgorzelec / Görlitz 12/12/2019