Charles and Ray Eames, The India Report, 1958
NID, Ahmedabad, India.
“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. Also included are documents relating to the UNESCO–UNIDO “Design for Development” conference in 1979 which led to the Ahmedabad Declaration on Industrial Design for Development.
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Der Transfer von architektonischem Wissen aus dem Westen in die Kolonien oder andere Dritte-Welt-Länder umfasst auch den Transfer durch zurückkehrende Studenten. Im Falle Chinas studierte ein Teil von ihnen studierte bei ehemaligen Bauhaus-Professoren wie Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer oder Mies van der Rohe. → 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 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. Had it taken place in 1930 or 1931, the planned congress would have had an enormous impact. → 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 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