Bauhaus Retraced: A Dialectical Way of Teaching Design

By Lina Dima.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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The concept of unity and totality was central for Walter Gropius at the beginning of the 20th century when he founded the Bauhaus. At the base of the new school was this idea of wholeness, but not as a homogenous whole, with its inherent neutralization of the oppositions between things. On the contrary, the new whole was to emerge through the coexistence and contrast of the opposing constituent parts. Gropius’s conception of unity in diversity can be called a dialectical unity. The intense dialectical relationship between the subjective and the objective, the local and the universal, the industry and the handicraft, the theory and the praxis, composed a new, enriched unity in Bauhaus. This dialectical way of design education is an important instrument for a total and dynamic outlook on reality, which reassures the interconnection of design with its social and cultural conditions of place and time. In our era with its increasing specialization, the emerging request for interdisciplinary education expresses a need to reconstruct the unity of the world around us. A dialectical way of design can provide the ability to grasp and shape reality as a dynamic, composite whole, and not as an aggregate of random elements.

Keywords: Bauhaus, Unity, Dialectics, Teaching Design

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.81-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 571.210KB).

Lina Dima

PhD Candidate, Department of Architectural Design, School of Architecture, National Technical University, Athens, Greece

She was born in Athens, Greece. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and an MSc in Architectural Theory from the School of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens, where she is currently a PhD candidate and was a teaching assistant in architectural design. She has been awarded prizes in architectural competitions and has built several projects in Greece, including houses, block of flats, commercial and industrial buildings. Her built work has been awarded, exhibited (Athens, Patras, Volos, Boston, Brussels) and widely published. Her research focuses on history and theory of modern architecture. She has given lectures in a number of architectural conferences. Parallel to her architectural and theoretical work, she has participated in artistic events (London, Athens) exploring the intermediary role of spatial structures in artistic experience and exhibition space.