Architecture and Design in the Weimar Republic





This course is an exploration of the rich design history and theory of the German Weimar Republic, from 1919 to 1933. During Weimar, design and architecture were central to the political discourse of regenerating and rebuilding society after the traumatic experience of World War I. The course investigates the designs and design theories of individuals as Henry van de Velde, Bruno Taut, and Grete Schütte-Lihotzky, as well as such organizations as the Werkbund and the Bauhaus. Complex issues concerning the role of the metropolis, the New Woman, social reform, utopianism, and consumerism in the design of everyday life are addressed in the objects, images, films, and writings of Weimar artists and intellectuals. 3 credits.