intro’d to this ideology et al from Fred Tuner‘s democratic surround..
Staatliches Bauhaus (help·info), commonly known simply as Bauhaus, was a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. It operated from 1919 to 1933. At that time the German term Bauhaus (help·info), literally “house of construction”, stood for “School of Building”.
The Bauhaus school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. In spite of its name, and the fact that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during the first years of its existence. Nonetheless it was founded with the idea of creating a “total” work of art in which all arts, including architecture, would eventually be brought together. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and modern design. The Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography.
The school existed in three German cities: Weimar from 1919 to 1925, Dessau from 1925 to 1932 and Berlin from 1932 to 1933, under three different architect-directors: Walter Gropius from 1919 to 1928, Hannes Meyer from 1928 to 1930 and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1930 until 1933, when the school was closed by its own leadership under pressure from the Nazi regime. The Nazi government claimed that it was a centre of communist intellectualism. Though the school was closed, the staff continued to spread its idealistic precepts as they left Germany and emigrated all over the world.
as we may live – july 2015
In September 1923 Georg Muche, a then 28 year old member of the Bauhaus movement, gathered his colleagues in Weimar to answer a simple question:
What would housing look like if we started from a blank slate?
They envisioned something truly revolutionary: people, who up until then were either cramped in urban tenements or rural farmers, would get their own house on the outskirts of cities (as usual, the prototype was pretty bad).
nobody questioned the notion of home as radically as the Bauhaus team did in the early 1920s.
It’s time to do it again. And this time it’s driven by our quest for belonging, location independence and technology.
Die Alone, or Live Long and Prosper Communally
this isn’t just a question of convenience. It’s an existential one. Because the only proven correlating factor leading to a longer life isn’t butter vs olive oil. It’s how social we organize our lives.
The physical locations are a vibrant backdrop. It’s the people your’re with that become your home.
or.. simply.. if we started from square one, ie: global do over.. cutting out all the irrelevants.. everything went into enlivening a city/community..
paul klees personal notebooks on teaching bauhaus