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With a comparative perspective the symposium aims to reflect upon the cultural, political and intellectual milieus the Bauhaus was embedded in during the 1920s in Dessau as well as the particular circumstances that Gropius and Breuer encountered at the Harvard

1) What are the specific local modernities - in terms of politics, actors, networks, ideas, building cultures and economies - that stimulated the relocation of the Bauhaus to Dessau in the 1920s and to Cambridge in the 1940th?

1) What are the specific local modernities - in terms of politics, actors, networks, ideas, building cultures and economies - that stimulated the relocation of the Bauhaus to Dessau in the 1920s and to Cambridge in the 1940th?

2) To what extent did the search for a universal language in architecture and design foster the transatlantic dialogues and what were the misunderstandings this programmatic approach has caused?

3) How does the legacy of the Bauhaus shape current formats and institutions of education, architectural language and research in Harvard GSD, DIA Graduate School and at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation?

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Events Timeline

Timings Proffessors Details
13:30 - 14:30

Dr. Claudia Perren: director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Scott Riedmann : U.S. Consul General in the states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia.
Prof. Alfred Jacoby : director Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA).
Prof. Neil Leach : architect, theorist and professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

Welcome and Introduction
14:30 - 16:00

Dr. Regina Bittner : cultural theorist, Head of Academy and Deputy Director at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Melanie Sun-Min Park : doctoral researcher at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Natalia Escobar : Castrillon doctoral researcher at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Wolfgang Thöner : art historian and Head of Collection at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Prof. Neil Leach : architect, theorist and professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Prof. Alfred Jacoby : director Dessau International Architecture Graduate School (DIA).

Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus Statement:
16:00 - 16:30 Tea Break
16:30 - 19:00

Frank Barkow architect, Barkow Leibinger, Berlin.
Gunnar Hartman : studied at Rice University and now teaching at DIA.
Joris Fach : studied at Harvard GSD and now teaching at DIA.
Frank Barkow : studied at GSD and now working in Berlin.
Louisa Hutton : studied at AA, now working in Berlin and teaching at GSD.
Dr. Claudia Perren : director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

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