Friday, February 25, 2011

The Legend & His School

Salam Sem05,

He is a legend, his thoughts and ideas have sparked new thinking in Design Education and its school. His philosophy lead to a new design movement that gave birth to new approach to thinking about a design school and its purpose. He is Walter Gropius and his ideas lead to the famous BAUHAUS movement. It was a new concept at that time (just before world war II) and with it came a new look for a design school.

This school has a strong tagline. Its form was derived from this thinking. Here are some of its principles:
  • most student should face the fact that their future should be involved primarily with industry and mass production rather than with individual craftsmanship
  • the schools of design should, as the Bauhaus did, bring together the various arts of painting, architechture, theatre, photography, weaving, typography, etc., into a modern synthesis which disregards conventional distinctions between the "fine" and "applied" arts
  • a school of design should have on its faculty the purely creative and disinterested artist such as the easel painter as a spiritual counterpoint to the practical technician in order that they may work and teach side by side for the benefit of the student
  • manual experience of materials is essential to the student of design- experience at first confined to free experiment and then extended to the practical workshop
  • because we live in the 20th century, the student architect or designer should be offered no refuge in the past but should be equipped for the modern world in its various aspects, artistic, technical, social, economic, spiritual, so that he may function in society not as a decorator but as a vital participant.

Walter Gropius needs no introduction (does he?). He started the Bauhaus movement and practically design a whole new Design School concept from its building to its curriculum. This is design at its best. Have an idea and follow it through.

He is truly a Legend. Will you be one?
Lets talk ideas...yours.


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