Building culture in Europe: First portal for architectural commissions in all EU countries

Today Architectuur Lokaal launched the website TheFulcrum.eu. TheFulcrum.eu is the independent, non-commercial portal on competition culture in Europe in the field of architecture. TheFulcrum.eu is the first international portal for architectural assignments in all European countries, whether or not they are members of the European Union. TheFulcrum.eu aims to promote a healthy European building culture TheFulcrum.eu is constantly evolving and accessible to everyone free of charge.

TheFulcrum.eu has the character of a homepage. European legislation can be consulted in each country’s own language. The tendering and competition portals can be consulted per country, as well as publications, architecture networks and public and private organizations dealing with the tenders and competitions in that country. Never before has all this information been made accessible per country and for Europe as a whole.. By increasing the transparency in the market for architecture and promulgating best practices, TheFulcrum.eu intends to lower entry barriers to public contracts, to increase the efficiency and proportionality of public procurement and to stimulate cross-border trade.

TheFulcrum.eu aims to make the competition culture in Europe more transparent and accessible. The portal offers greater insight into public procurement and competition culture in Europe, thereby contributing to the development of a healthy building culture across the continent. Together with all partners, we are also giving substance to the 2018 Davos Declaration by which the European Ministers of Culture called for the development of a high-quality “Baukultur” in Europe.

TheFulcrum.eu is an initiative of Architectuur Lokaal (NL) and the result of an ongoing collaboration with many European partners. TheFulcrum.eu is one of the results of the Competition Culture Europe programme, which Architectuur Lokaal 2017-2020 is carrying out with the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.