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Symposium projekt bauhaus: How to Design Knowledge?

29.10.2017, Berlin | On December 2, 2017, from 12:00 noon until 9:30 p.m., the Haus der Kulturen der Welt will host the symposium “How to Design Knowledge?” The conference is part of the projekt bauhaus – Vorkurs, Werkstatt, Begräbnis (Project Bauhaus – Preliminary Course, Workshop, Funeral) of the ARCH+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses (Association for the Promotion of the Discourse on Architecture and Urbanism). Conceived on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the project critically examines the Bauhaus ideas and assesses their utopian potential for the present and the future.

The 3D Additivist Cookbook, © Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke

The Bauhaus was both a forward-looking project and a child of its time. Against the background of industrialization and modernization, it defined an anthropocentric philosophy of design which was permeated by a positivist belief in progress, a better future, the emancipatory potential of science and technology, and improvement through renewal. Given the obvious contradictions between ideal, practice, and impact, Project Bauhaus critically examines the ideas of the Bauhaus by using its methods: In a preliminary course (2017) and a workshop (2019), it exposes the internal contradictions of the Western idea of progress and discusses alternative approaches.

The Bauhaus sought a synthesis of knowledge in which the various forms of knowledge – technical, scientific, emotional, creative – would be interconnected. This concept of knowledge was combined with a new pedagogy to emancipate the people, release their potential, and ultimately lead to the creation of a “new man.” Which spaces encourage creativity and innovation? Which sites of knowledge does society need today? Do advanced laboratories of computer, internet, and media companies represent the Bauhaus of the twenty-first century?

Speakers include Morehshin Allahyari, Bianca Elzenbaumer, Jesko Fezer, Anselm Franke, Fabio Franz, Orit Halpern, Denisa Kera, Joachim Krausse, Thomas Krüger, Heike Catherina Mertens, Philipp Oswalt, Jussi Parikka, Henrike Rabe, Bernd Scherer, Paloma Strelitz, Fred Turner, Hortensia Völckers, Georg Vrachliotis.

How to Design Knowledge? – Project Bauhaus
Symposium: December 2, 2017, 12:00 noon – 9:30 p.m.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 | 10557 Berlin

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Project Bauhaus team: Jesko Fezer, Christian Hiller, Anh-Linh Ngo, Philipp Oswalt, Joanne Pouzenc, Jan Wenzel

Co-curator Preliminary course: Knowledge: Claudia Mareis
Co-curators of Project Bauhaus: Preliminary Course, Workshop, Funeral: Armen Avanessian, Chris Dercon, Elodie Evers, Claudia Mareis

Participating artists: Morehshin Allahyari, Bianca Elzenbaumer & Fabio Franz (Brave New Alps), Olaf Nicolai

projekt bauhaus is supported through the “Bauhaus Today Fund” of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) as well as by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) and the Ernst Schering Foundation. A project of the ARCH+ Verein zur Förderung des Architektur- und Stadtdiskurses e. V., it is held in cooperation with the Volksbühne Berlin.

Photo: The 3D Additivist Cookbook (published 2016) devised and edited by Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke. The Cookbook can be downloaded for free at


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