Bauhaus: A Failed Utopia?


45 points | by bookofjoe 99 days ago


  • nextos 98 days ago

    I don't think Bauhaus failed, at all. It's influence lives on in the design of many buildings, especially in Europe. For example, Frankfurt kitchens.

    The fact that it has blended so well into mainstream architecture is a testament of its success.

    Bauhaus was also highly influential to kick off Scandinavian mid-century design.

    • deltron3030 98 days ago

      The HfG Ulm was the successor, founded by former Bauhaus student Max Bill who was also a very important figure in Swiss design.

      It's safe to say that architecture, graphic, product and industrial design wouldn't be what it is without the influence of the Bauhaus, the influence is everywhere.

      • ntzchenonsqtr 98 days ago

        1. "utopia" literally means "no place." 2. Bauhaus design affordances are geared toward humans-as-machines 3. Bauhaus design has become ubiquitous. Ergo, human-humans have no place. Ergo, Bauhaus succeeded in building a utopia all around us and in our homes. (Florescent light flickers on after Alexa and Siri fight for the privilege)

        • smogcutter 98 days ago

          Side note about 1: utopia is a pun. The "u" doubles as a transliteration of the prefixes eu- and ou-, meaning "good place" and "no place" respectively.

      • subpixel 98 days ago

        I find it curious that the Bauhaus movement is celebrated over and over while other significant art and design movements, like the Wiener Werkstätte, are seldom mentioned.

      • cftorres 98 days ago

        Is sad to know how the actual style differs so much to the original. I usually see the modern architecture and design and perceive it as a cold, spirit lacking functional thing. The start of this project was a more socialy sustainable utopy but it became a much simplier praise for materials and geometry.

        • tomcam 98 days ago

          Have no idea how this ended up in HN, but I’m delighted. It’s a wonderfully interesting re-introduction to a subject I didn’t know as well as I thought I did.

          • jakoblorz 98 days ago

            Just recently I read about Frankfurt Kitchens on HN. HN seems to be more topic-diverse than I expected.

          • grueblur 98 days ago

            Bela Lugosi is dead.