Inside the Bauhaus

Inside the Bauhaus

1st Edition - July 1, 1984

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  • Author: Howard Dearstyne
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483135748

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Inside the Bauhaus presents the story of an idea about how people might live. It is also the story of a school, the Bauhaus, whose life span coincided with the Weimar Republic's and whose history mirrors German history between the two world wars. Through mass-production, the Bauhaus, like the German Werkbund, hoped to change the quality of the designed object and the designed environment for everyone. Quality of life was an important design consideration in the housing schemes developed by Walter Gropius and Hannes Meyer, respectively the first and second directors of the school, and Ludwig Hilberseimer, whose teaching responsibilities at the Bauhaus included the planning curriculum. Howard Dearstyne, the author of the present work, was one of a handful of Americans to study at the Bauhaus and the only one to earn a diploma in architecture. His account of life and education at the Bauhaus is drawn chiefly from contemporary sources, from his letters, from journals and letters kept by members of the Bauhaus faculty, from newspaper articles, and from the recollections of others. Dearstyne also includes historical background of the structure of the curriculum of the Bauhaus as well as discussions of the various workshops and how they functioned prior to his admission to the school.

Table of Contents

  • Editor's Acknowledgments



    Part I. A Personal Journey

    Chapter 1. The Road to the Bauhaus

    Part II. The Struggle for An Ideal

    Chapter 2. Henry Van Der Velde and His Prototype Bauhaus in Weimar

    Chapter 3. The Launching of the Bauhaus in Weimar

    Chapter 4. Handwork versus Machine Production

    Chapter 5. The Struggle over the Bauhaus in Weimar

    Part III. The Preliminary Course

    Chapter 6. The Three Phases of the Preliminary Course

    Part IV. The Workshops

    Chapter 7. The Furniture Workshop

    Chapter 8. The Print Shop, Typography and Advertising Art

    Chapter 9. The Pottery Workshop

    Chapter 10. The Weaving Studio

    Chapter 11. The Stained Glass Workshop

    Chapter 12. The Wall-Painting Workshop

    Chapter 13. The Sculpture Workshop

    Chapter 14. The Bauhaus Theater

    Chapter 15. The Metal Workshop

    Part V. Architectural Education at The Bauhaus

    Chapter 16. The Teaching of Architecture under Gropius

    Chapter 17. The Teaching of Architecture under Hannes Meyer

    Chapter 18. The Teaching of Architecture under Mies Van Der Rohe

    Part VI. Goodbye Bauhaus

    Chapter 19. Bauhaus Berlin—Bauhaus Finis




Product details

  • No. of pages: 287
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Architectural Press 1986
  • Published: July 1, 1984
  • Imprint: Architectural Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483135748

About the Author

Howard Dearstyne

About the Editor

David Spaeth

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