Mapping the Bauhaus at the Other Side of the World
María Soledad Salazar
This mapping project intends to locate the influence of the Bauhaus School in the ecuadorian territory in an effort to define, identify and document the elements that constitute the Modern Heritage so that it can be suitably valued to assure the permanence of those codes over time, and through the analysis of the found elements, to conceptualize this legacy in order to understand an aesthetic that continues in force in the present.
Bauhaus school was born in 1919 as a German school of design that changed the language of aesthetics in all designing fields around the world. The school merged art and handcrafts movements and recruited important art masters from Eastern Europe as body professors. Despite being in between two world wars, and being dissolved by 1932 by de Nazis party, Bauhaus was able to extend the knowledge through all the students and professors to spread it around the world.
In the last period of Bauhaus, architecture became a strength pole in the School program, and generated a new vision for city development, under innovative construction techniques related to the use of steel, concrete, mass production, speed in execution, low cost, function and form and neat design in order to create healthy buildings.
Our project started by the end of 2018, as a Bauhaus tribute to celebrate in 2019 a century of its existence and our purpose includes a collaborative platform to approach to the codes of modern design, with civil society participation in association with professionals and local academia, to research and ponder about translations and appropriations of design expressions in our territory and how this ideas have been integrated with Andean traditions and local knowledge.