RECORD speaks with leading practitioners about the impact of the Bauhaus on their lives and work.
Principal in Charge, WXY Architecture and Urban Design, NYC
In my first year of architecture school at the University of Toronto in the 1980s, I discovered Paul Klee’s Pedagogical Sketchbook, based on his design-theory course at the Bauhaus. I remember one chapter about line and structure; Klee’s point was that structure was something you could draw, not just calculate. The book taught me how to think about composition and function together—it erased the somewhat artificial line between the way artists and architects think.
But most early works on the Bauhaus omitted the women, so we didn’t grasp the full range of ideas, and need to consider the Bauhaus and its influence anew.
Founding Principal, 1100 Architect, NYC
I was educated in Trier, which is filled with Roman ruins and thought to be Germany’s oldest city—not a lot of modern architecture there. The Bauhaus was taught mainly as part of architectural history. After graduating, I traveled to Berlin and visited the Bauhaus Archive. (Dessau and Weimar, then in East Germany, were not accessible to me.) Seeing it all together made a powerful impression. One of the lessons, which has stayed with me, is the importance of creating architecture that will endure over time, rather than a fashion statement.
Dean, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University
Principal, Höweler + Yoon, Boston
To me, the Bauhaus represents the understanding that architecture is an applied art that intersects with industry, technology, society, politics, even communications and media. It’s significant that so many Bauhaus members were accomplished in more than one field.
Herbert Bayer’s Diagram of the Field of Vision, advocating a multidisciplinary approach to solving problems, couldn’t be more timely. The Bauhaus was dealing with relatively straightforward new materials and methods of industrial production. But today, technology has exploded, and we should be looking to intersections between design and fields like biology and computation. We need to take the Bauhaus’s original tree-ring diagram, showing its expansive approach, and add a few more rings to make it even more relevant now.
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