Summer schools at Bauhaus Dessau
Since 2009 the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation arranges annual international summer schools in Dessau. Students of architecture, arts, design, urban planning and cultural sciences from all over the world are guests of the Bauhaus Dessau for about 14 days. Here they become acquainted with the legacy of modernism under various points of view.
International Bauhaus Summer School 2012
21st to 31st July 2012
The Bauhaus’ architects and designers also conceived their housing prototypes as didactic spaces, in order to introduce the user to what they saw as an appropriate way of living in 20th century industrial society. The resulting object and interior design culture had to prove its resilience on the market, and consumers and producers for this vision had to be found. Today, the enforceability of such wholesale interior designs being combined with the idea of shaping the human being seems questionable. The private home is nowadays an inseparable part of the highly individualised lifestyle. At the same time, the repercussions of this lifestyle are so grave that this form of household management can no longer be endured by the environment. Do we therefore need a “Didactic Home” once again? Further Information
Energy landscapes 3.0
International Bauhaus Summer School 2011
22nd to 31st July 2011
Since the outset of industrialisation, the natural deposits of fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil) and the geography of their conversion, distribution, interim storage and use have influenced spatial development. The compartmentalised structures of the pre-fossil fuel era gave way to the fossil fuel era and its transcontinental networks and systems. Today, this begs the question of which geographies will be influenced by the post-fossil fuel era. In the debate on renewable energies and climate protection, the question of which new networks are required has steadily gained importance. In the process, it is becoming increasingly clear that the megastructures of the fossil fuel era cannot be substituted by a myriad of small, decentralised energy productions alone, as in the pre-fossil fuel era, but that megastructures per se must be reconsidered in an intelligent way. This geography of energy systems is not only a technological issue, but also an important factor for spatial development, whether on a small or a large scale. The objective of the Summer School Energy Landscapes 3.0 is to analyse potential network geographies and concepts and their impacts on settlement structures in Europe. We will thereby explicitly refer to a chronicle of utopian thought on a large scale – visionary ideas for new Energy Landscapes promulgated decades ago by Sörgel in 1928 with Atlantropa and Richard Buckminster Fuller with his World Game in 1972. The results of the summer school will be presented during the festival Über Lebenskunst at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Further Information
Home is everywhere!
International summer school 2010
The International summer school "Home is everywhere" was based on the exhibition "The growing house" (1932). On a background of shrinkage, suburbanization and commuting in Dessau it picked out issues of translocational living. Further Information
Young people building the future
International summer workshop 2010
In 2010 the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation invited young people in the age of 16 to 21 from Germany and elsewhere in Europe to find new identities and alternative usages for spaces in the city through experimentation and in case studies. The objective was to foster creativity through self-organisation and independent action, to encourage exchange between the city and its inhabitants. Our venues included empty shops, squares and houses, decommissioned railway tracks and overgrown riverside areas. We took an interdisciplinary approach to our work and artists, architects and designers lead the workshops. Further information
Bauhaus City – Get on Site!
International summer school 2009
In the Bauhaus anniversary year 2009 the summer school focused on Dessau's Bauhaus architecture and its relevance for contemporary issues of architecture and urban development. "Bauhaus City – Get on site!" was a ten-days-program complemented by a public lecture series with well-known architecture-crtitics and art historians. Further Information
The Bauhaus summer schools adress international students of architecture, arts, design, urban planning and cultural sciences. Approximately 60 students aged between 20 and 30 participate at the summer schools. For further information please contact Babette Scurrell.