Infrastructures of the New City
28 Oct 2021 – 6 March 2022
Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Black Box
After the 4th CIAM Congress, held in Athens in 1933, had put the functional city at the centre of urban planning discussions, Ludwig Hilberseimer published the book The New City (1944) in his Chicago exile. In it he went far beyond the demands of his colleagues. Based on studies at the Dessau Bauhaus, Hilberseimer developed a kind of ecological urbanism that envisaged an interrelation of city and landscape: the New City. With Lafayette Park (1956-63) in Detroit, Hilberseimer was able to realise his theories only once and only in sections. The exhibition shows this built example as well as the development of his theory – as results of theresearch project “Bauhaus im Text” at work on a critical edition of Ludwig Hilberseimer’s The New City.