Walter Gropius and the Legacy of the Bauhaus

  • 1st April 2015
  • 1.30 pm – 6.00 pm at the Bauhaus Dessau

Aim of the Symposia:

With a comparative perspective the symposium aims to reflect upon the cultural, political and intellectual milieus, the Bauhaus was embedded in during the schools period in Dessau in the 1920th and the particular circumstances, Gropius and Breuer encountered at the Harvard University during the 1940th. Therefor we are raising the following questions:

1) What are the specific local modernities – in terms of politics, actors, networks, ideas, building cultures and economies – that stimulated the relocation of the Bauhaus in Dessau 1920th and in Cambridge in the 1940th ? 

2) To what extent fostered the search for a universal language in architecture and design the transatlantic dialogues and what were the misunderstandings these programmatic approach has caused?        

3) How does the legacy of the Bauhaus shapes current formats and institutions of education, architectural language and research in Harvard GSD, DIA and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation?   

  • Organized by: Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Hochschule Anhalt / Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA), Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)

Program:

1.30 pm

  • Welcome 
and Introduction:
    *Dr. Claudia Perren – Director of the Bauhaus Dessau  Foundation
    *Scott Riedmann – US Consul General to Germany
    *Prof. Alfred Jacoby – Director DIA Graduate School
    *Prof. Neil Leach -  Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)

2.30 pm

  • Roundtable 1 | Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus

Statement: Dr. Regina Bittner – cultural theorist, Head of Academy and Deputy Director at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

  • Roundtable Discussion with:

Melanie Sun-Min Park – Doctoral Researcher at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design

Natalia Escobar Castrillon – Doctoral Researcher at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design

Wolfgang Thöner – art historian and Head of Collection at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Prof. Neil Leach – architect, theorist and professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design

Moderation: Prof. Alfred Jacoby – Director DIA Graduate School

4.00 pm Tea Break - 4.30 pm

  • Roundtable 2 | Architectural Translations

Statement: Frank Barkow – architect, Barkow Leibinger, Berlin

Roundtable Discussion with:
Gunnar Hartman – studied at Rice University and now teaching at DIA
Joris Fach – studied at Harvard GSD and now teaching at DIA
Frank Barkow – studied at GSD and now working in Berlin
Louisa Hutton (tbc) – studied at AA, now working in Berlin and teaching at GSD

Moderation: Dr. Claudia Perren, Director Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

7.00 pm Dinner