Bauhaus Now (1): What Made Bauhaus Great?

Charles Landry, Chris Murray, Sunand Prasad, Jana Revedin, Michiel Schwarz and Tim Stonor

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In 2019 we face our own systemic challenges that cannot be addressed by a ‘business as usual’ approach, and there is a desire for a major transition. 2019 has its own zeitgeist and challenges, politically, economically and socially, as we grapple with technological complexity and learn to live with difference. This session will look at the forces that emerged from the zeitgeist of 1919, how these led to the Bauhaus, what the forces acting on us in cities are today and how the energies of these can be captured and directed toward new solutions.

Keynote speakers Michiel Schwarz and Jana Revedin will join Charles Landry, Chris Murray, Sunand Prasad (architect and former president of RIBA) and Tim Stonor (CEO of Space Syntax) to discuss the importance of the Bauhaus across art forms. They will look at its importance to the city in particular, asking, 100 years on how well have we done at city-making based on the Bauhaus legacy – for better and worse – and what is left to do?

This session is part of Bauhaus Now. An interactive day of dialogue and stimulation will bring together diverse expertise from art to architecture, psychiatry to economics and will ask had the Bauhaus not been closed down by the Nazis, what would it be doing now for cities and their citizens? Would Bauhaus have grown from working on individual buildings and objects, to addressing the challenges of whole places, towns and cities, using radical interdisciplinary methods; a ‘Placehaus’? The answers depend not only on exploring the Bauhaus legacy, but also on understanding the urban challenges of today, asking how they differ or are similar to those of 1919, and how the energy of our current zeitgeist can be harnessed for positive solutions. The three sessions today address how we might recreate a Bauhaus-style approach to help cities practically now.

Please note: one ticket includes admission to all three Bauhaus Now events on 17 October.

Image credit: Melanie Kelly


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