Bauhaus design is everywhere, but its roots are political

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The answer is in the story of the Bauhaus. It’s the hundredth anniversary of the Bauhaus design school and it still has more to teach us. The Bauhaus is most often remembered for its namesake “style,” but the school’s most lasting impact is its philosophy: that design should serve people.

Quartz News travels to Germany and New England to explore the famous design school’s legacy.

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50 Comments

  1. tree of life on July 31, 2020 at 8:00 am

    This is good video making, thanks.

  2. Ray Patson on July 31, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Why is commentator talking like Sacha Cohen Baron’s movie Bruno?

  3. Indy Dude on July 31, 2020 at 8:02 am

    1:29 WW 1 didn’t really Germany "in ruins" as the image suggests. There was no fighting in Germany.

  4. kkonsti on July 31, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Sorry, but there really are many mistakes in this video. Some lasser/ some major ones, but you really shoulf rework it and than upload again.

  5. Lofoten Forsake on July 31, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Walter Gropius looks like Michael Scott in season 1.

  6. the singing garden fairy on July 31, 2020 at 8:03 am

    We were studying about bauhaus last week in our theory of architecture class, then this hapoened!

  7. Даня Amilyschenko on July 31, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Bruh, it is not right wing!! They were leftists, like communists.

  8. indeed on July 31, 2020 at 8:04 am

    that gay voice is incredibly irritating

  9. ユーネ / Yuune on July 31, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Bauhaus is love, Bauhaus is life

  10. Evil Blade on July 31, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Bauhaus design is souless and depressing

  11. mlouwagie on July 31, 2020 at 8:12 am

    china is communist all capitol goes to the state of communist china

  12. racoonjt on July 31, 2020 at 8:12 am

    so this isn’t about the band

  13. Brighter Image Screen Printing & Design on July 31, 2020 at 8:16 am

    Great Video. But what I found was the most unfortunate and ironic part is that the designers chose the most Orwellian, oppressive, proprietary company in graphic design today to distribute the fonts. Try using them if you dont have CC, you”ll see…

  14. J NotinNYCanymore on July 31, 2020 at 8:17 am

    Bauhaus means "school building"…

  15. Lourenco Almada on July 31, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Bauhaus shows everything that’s wrong in the postmodernist world

  16. Nexus Symbiosis on July 31, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Bla bla bla, research CULTURAL MARXISM ,wake up Germany is GONE,LEFT RIGHT ARE RADICAL KOSHER REICH advertising and entertaining.

  17. 0x on July 31, 2020 at 8:19 am

    What an awful voice. Disgusting

  18. Chuck Mountain on July 31, 2020 at 8:19 am

    I have one correction: The destruction of Germany’s infrastructure and farmland was minor. I believe the authors’ are imagining the widespread destruction of Germany during WWII and conflating it with WWI. WWI’s destruction with respect to Germany was economic, social and psychological. Thanks.

  19. Midori Sato on July 31, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Bauhaus is lifeless and dead. It’s the mind without the body and soul. The left brain sundered from the right.
    Nature has spent billions of years refining its designs. An integrated mind reveals the patterns.

  20. Hugo Cortizo on July 31, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Regarding the nationalistic use of typeface mentioned at around 3:20 I’d argue that the Basque typeface is another example of an _ethnic_ typeface, although its use as such feels to me to be less systematic and less politically charged.

  21. Jay on July 31, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Ugh… Bauhaus is such rubbish. Not everything is soul sapping, but most of it is.

  22. Tom Legrady on July 31, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Ironically, at 3:26 the books shown are in Hungarian rather than German. "Nymdasz Evkonves" means roughly "Printer’s Yearbook’, from some printing press company.

  23. Bob dabiuld on July 31, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Watches are cool but sure, we can learn about typography for a day

  24. Andrés Cevallos on July 31, 2020 at 8:27 am

    How about the Russian school vkhutemas

  25. German Groyper on July 31, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Whoever came up with this disgusting violation of basic human dignity, should’ve been hung! MAY THEY ROTT IN HELL!!!

  26. Vae Victis on July 31, 2020 at 8:29 am

    A lot of myths and misconceptions here. While Bauhaus and the Nazis were at odds in political terms, their general aesthetic vector was pointed in the same direction. Nazis, though to the lesser degree than Fascists of Italy, adored stripped and monotonous, Futurist designs, and the old traditions (frequently connected to the Church which Nazis hated only slightly less than Hebrew culture) were to be disposed off. Fraktur, mentioned here for instance, was almost instantly banned by the Nazi authority as "regressive" and "jewish". This is just one of many misconceptions, and I couldn’t care to properly deconstruct this video. Instead I would urge people to actually read the development story of Bauhaus and Modernism themselves.

  27. Joey Wang on July 31, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Less is more and form follows function are a kind of fascism, too. I like simplicity and minimalism, but they have their own limitations. We would like to believe that architecture, an environment, affects behavior and ethics. Living is a messy business.

  28. Isaac Haynes on July 31, 2020 at 8:30 am

    RISD is like the American Bauhaus

  29. crazycutz on July 31, 2020 at 8:31 am

    I’m sorry but the narrators lesp is ruining it for me.. 😀

  30. Fizzle on July 31, 2020 at 8:31 am

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  31. The Goodly Dragon on July 31, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Bauhaus sucks!

  32. HappyDayDude1990 on July 31, 2020 at 8:33 am

    I didn’t enjoy the narration.

  33. Scriba on July 31, 2020 at 8:34 am

    3:40 your map of Germany is modern borders, but old borders were different

  34. Aďo Dvorský on July 31, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Wau!

  35. guatemalantomcat on July 31, 2020 at 8:36 am

    in essence: bauhaus is the reason everything looks so uninspired and bleak

  36. Dina campos lopes on July 31, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Perfect!

  37. Mike M on July 31, 2020 at 8:41 am

    I can’t listen thith guy.

  38. Dina campos lopes on July 31, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Aesthetics is always political and transform they did.

  39. Georgi Goshev on July 31, 2020 at 8:45 am

    get a properly talking person to narrate please

  40. minust4urus on July 31, 2020 at 8:45 am

    1:31 "left in ruins" figuratively or literally? Because im pretty sure that most of the fighting did not take place on german land.

  41. Tiga Wu on July 31, 2020 at 8:47 am

    always comic sans

  42. catklyst on July 31, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Futura. ATOMIC ROCKETS TO THE MOON!

  43. Chad Tarrant on July 31, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Need a better narrator

  44. Rocky Mao on July 31, 2020 at 8:51 am

    eddie huang?

  45. J NotinNYCanymore on July 31, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Great video. But editorially I would have included the literal meaning of Bauhaus: school building.

  46. doris the slug on July 31, 2020 at 8:53 am

    No one can look upon the tower blocks blighting our landscape, or upon such buildings as Birmingham central library, Boston city hall, or any such piece of design, and think that it can possible be good architecture! They are tawdry beyond belief, even more so than C18th architecture, which says much about how dreadful it is.

  47. Ding ding39 on July 31, 2020 at 8:55 am

    I like permanent marker

  48. Valeria Cerón on July 31, 2020 at 8:55 am

    Bahaus design is horrible…. Form should not follow function.

  49. 12. on July 31, 2020 at 8:56 am

    The speaker ruined this video. Completely unlistenable voice, cut out your tongue.

  50. 3a3a3a on July 31, 2020 at 8:57 am

    5:55 The giant protecting ancient bauhaus secrets

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