New European Bauhaus

New European Bauhaus goes into the Woods


As part of the New European Bauhaus initiative, high-level decision-makers will discuss and explore which solutions forests can offer in the pursuit of good living environments and sustainable construction.

This is a free online event without registration.

New European Bauhaus goes Into the Woods 24 November 2022

How can forests be key in creating a sustainable building industry and, at the same time, foster biodiversity and carbon sinks? The Government of Finland has in collaboration with the European Commission and the governments of Estonia and Sweden organized ‘Into the Woods’ to focus on this topic and to facilitate interdisciplinary panel discussions between leading politicians, designers, scientists and construction professionals.

The event consists of an opening discussion and three parallel panel discussions. The themes of the panel discussions are ‘The future of forests’, ‘Building a carbon neutral Europe with wood’ and ‘Architecture inspired by nature’. They will be followed by a final discussion, where various stakeholders will present their views. 

Link to online participation: Into the Woods (


Time and Date

Date: 24. November 2022

Location: The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia in Espoo

Time: 10:00-14:40 (UTC +02:00)


Local times for the Nordic countries:

Sweden, Denmark and Norway: 09:00 – 13:40

Iceland and Faroe Islands: 07:00- 11:40

Greenland: 05:00-9:40


Speakers and panel

  • Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland
    Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
    Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia
    Ebba Busch, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
  • Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • Anne Weidenbach, European Commission
    Virginijus Sinkevicius, Commissioner for the Environment
    Lena Hök, EVP Sustainability & Innovation, Skanska Group
    Eeva Furman, Secretary-General of the National Commission on sustainable Development, Prime Minister’s Office
    Alan Organschi, Gray Organschi Architecture
  • Maria Ohisalo, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Finland
    Antti Kurvinen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
  • Hanna Aho, Finnish Association for Nature Conservation
    Aveliina Helm, Tartu University
    Viveka Beckemann, Swedish Forest Industries
    Sven Walter, FAO
  • Tomas Alsmarker, Swedish Wood
    Holger Wallbaum, Chalmers University
    Annika Kibus, Estonian Woodhouse Association
    Alan Organschi, Gray Organschi Architecture
  • Tomas Sandell, Sandell Sandberg Architects
    Yoko Alender, Estonian parliament
    Anssi Lassila, OOPEAA Architects
    Mark Hughes, Aalto University


Matti Kuittinen, Senior Ministerial Adviser at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland