Photomontage (attachment to a letter from 28 April, 1932
sent to Stalin by Giedion and van Eesteren).
Inscription: ‘Proposed plan for the Palace of the Soviets
compared to the pseudo-modernist architecture of supermarkets
gta Archiv / eth Zürich.
The paper deals with the dramatic story of the preparation for (and subsequent failure of) the 4th Congrès internationaux d’architecture moderne (CIAM) conference in Moscow. The offer to host the congress in Moscow was made in 1929, with the planned topic "Urban Organisation, Urban Construction, and Regional Planning". Had it taken place in 1930 or 1931, the planned congress would have had an enormous impact. It probably would have been able to counteract the split of the modern urban construction movement into two factions, with those in favour of reconstructing existing cities on the one hand and proponents of building brand new cities on the other.
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Thomas Flierl was Senator for Science, Research and Culture in Berlin (2002–2006). Today he is an independent architectural historian and publicist with his focus on the Bauhaus in the SU and the GDR. → more
As early as the end of the 19th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, which is to say before the founding of the Bauhaus and after China’s forced opening through war to the outside world, China had already been witness to various experiments in modernization. Such experiments contributed to the laying down of a foundational mindset necessary for the acceptance of the Bauhaus in China’s traditional culture. → more
This essay explores the connection between Walter Gropius and I. M. Pei, as well as the influence of one on the other. After completing his studies I. M. Pei worked with Gropius on plans for a university in Shanghai, which he was subsequently able to realise in Taiwan in association with Chang Chao-Kang and Chen Chi-Kuan. → more
Februar 1955: Die Regierung der DDR entscheidet sich die Nordkoreaner beim Wiederaufbau der Städte Hamhung und Hungnam – beide fast vollständig im Koreakrieg von amerikanischen Bombern zerstört – zu unterstützen. Die Leitung der Stadtplanung übernimmt der ehemalige Bauhaus-Architekt Konrad Püschel. → more
The passenger ship Patris II transported the participants of the 4th International Congresses of Modern Architecture (CIAM) from Marseilles to Athens and back. Bauhaus teacher Moholy-Nagy, travelling as a “friend of the new building movement” produced this half-hour soundless film as a travel journal. → more
“The India Report” was written in 1958 by prominent American designers Charles and Ray Eames at the invitation of the newly independent government of India. It outlined the rationale and institutional mechanism for introducing modern design in India and resulted in the establishment of the National Institute of Design at Ahmedabad. → more
The NID was involved in a joint venture with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in the adoption for development of a group of villages in Rajasthan. Could local self-reliance emerge from a process of mutual learning between communities and other groups of people? The film shows how leather work and weaving emerged as the opportunity and basis for sustained group effort. → more
The way in which a Bauhaus’s design ethos spread internationally, its institutional role and its evolution from within diverse cultures, forms the basis of the bauhaus imaginista exhibition Moving Away. The titleindicates both the migration of Bauhaus ideas, as well as the distance produced by time and geography. → more
As a correspondent for the bauhaus imaginista project, I was invited to share my impressions and thoughts of the exhibition in Hangzhou. The following text and gif collage is a personal encounter with Moving Away and an attempt to capture the affective dimension of the exhibition. → more