Bauhaus Exercises on the Material Imagination

Public lecture 21 September 2017

We are proud to announce a special guest lecture by Matthew Mindrup from the University of Sydney. The lecture will interrogate the pedagogical exercises at the Bauhaus as an approach to training an architect’s ability to think with materials in the imagination of new architectural designs.

The lecture is hosted by Research Lab 2 as part of the lab project Material Imagination and the public Fall 2017 Lecture Series.

When: 21 September 2017 at 10.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

The lecture is free and everybody is welcome. No registration needed.

Materials in the Bauhaus curriculum

The influence of the German Bauhaus on schools of art, architecture, and design during the 20th century has become so familiar that many come to think of it as a point of mythic origin.

Through carefully designed exercises exploring the visual and haptic qualities of materials, the Bauhaus curriculum was designed to permit students to discover where their talent and latent aptitudes could blossom in the different workshops and inevitably architecture. Despite these claims, one is hard pressed to find examples of what these activities were meant to achieve as architecture.