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Masters and weavers
In this Bauhaus centenary, one often gets the impression that this laboratory of modernism was a trailblazer for pretty much everything. Yet despite all the praise, a counter-question might be justified: What is not Bauhaus these days? In other words: What should we do better than the Bauhaus? Where should we take distance from it?
The Bauhaus Perspective on Green Spaces
The Bauhaus shifted perspectives further afield. Modernism turned familiar perforated façades into glass envelopes – thereby providing an unobstructed view of the outside world. What role does the outdoors play in the Bauhaus? What is its understanding of the countryside and green areas we live in? And how does the Bauhaus period inspire the design of open spaces today?
Has the Bauhaus ruined our cities?
When the association “Historischer Neumarkt Dresden e. V.” invited to the 3rd Dresden City Building Symposium in the Bauhaus year 2019, their representatives stated in the invitation: “Today, uniformity characterizes our newly built neighborhoods and squares. They are not urban, they do not even claim to be urban. Whether they are created in China, Europe or America hardly matters anymore. Is that the fulfillment of a promise made by the Bauhaus?” Even 100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus, the battle for the city of modernity has barely lost any of its sharpness.
Plastics in the Bauhaus: the earthiness of early polymer composites
Conservators at the Bauhaus Dessau do not only handle steel, glass, or concrete, but also plastics such as Triolin. How far are they willing to let plastics show their age? And what does the centenary imply for future conservation work?
Should Architects Dance?
A playfully improvised, “mechanical” theater had already developed in and next to the Bauhaus stage workshop in Weimar, which was formally oriented towards previous Dadaist, Futurist and Constructivist experiments. The peculiarity of these stage experiments, however, was that they were not so much about a renewal of the theater operation as they were about a communal learning of design—applied theater for designers as well about the community design itself.
Benedictine Monks, Books and Bogler
Paper, ceramics, concrete and glass: these four materials play the leading role in October as you travel through Rhineland-Palatinate to discover the Bauhaus and Modernism there. There are books to read and the Villa Max Gläser to explore in Kaiserslautern. In an old Benedictine monastery, you can not only see the works and heritage of the artist Theodor Bogler, but also hold them in your hands. Two typical Modern buildings await you in Speyer and the vineyards of Kindenheim. Enjoy your tour!