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Trip 1919–2019 /11/2019


This architectural journey immerses you in the history and the legacy of the Bauhaus. This training for visual artists, craftsmen and architects originated in Weimar in 1919, then moved to Dessau and was based in Berlin until 1932.

Lecture by Gilbert Decouvreur

't Leerhuys, Brugge

Bruno Taut embodies the quest after the artistic avant-garde, the ethical social upgrading and the developement of the Gesamts-art.

Trip Internationale Bauaustellung 1987 /1987

Berlin & Wolfsburg

The confrontation with this Berlin, this part of west island as in East Germany, is a shocking experience. Nowhere are the political contradictions so keenly felt as here. A feeling that each of us must experience to feel the relativity of force, as it is played so great on both sides of the barriers.

Debate with Sieg Vlaeminck, Jo Crepain, Marco Bollen, Pierre Huygebaert & Jaak Janssens

't Leerhuys, Brugge

In 1982 Jo Crepain launched a cry for attention for architectural competitions: “In Belgium, we are nowhere. In the country where the profession and the title of architect are best protected, least is done for architecture.”

Lecture by Firmin Mees

'De Comedie', Roeselare

Architecture would benefit if the attention that nowdays is spent on architecture picture books would move to the study of evolution and revolution in the architectural thinking and if the architectural feeling would be embossed.

Trip München-Gladbach, Frankfurt, Köln... /06/1985

München-Gladbach, Frankfurt, Köln...

A varied program with the recent architectural landscape of Hollein, the valiant expressionism of Bohm in the 60s, the Japanese purism of Mayekawa and the postmodern collages by Guchez and Numez.

Bruno Taut

Bruno Julius Florian Taut (°Königsberg, 4 mei 1880 – †Istanbul, 24 december 1938) was a prolific German architect, urban planner and author.

After secondary school, he studied at the Baugewerkschule. In the following years, Taut worked in the offices of various architects in Hamburg and Wiesbaden. In 1903 he was employed by Bruno Möhring in Berlin, where he acquainted himself with Jugendstil and new building methods combining steel with masonry. From 1904 to 1908, Taut worked in Stuttgart for Theodor Fischer and studied urban planning. He received his first commission through Fischer in 1906, which involved renovation of the village church in Unterriexingen.

In 1908, he returned to Berlin to study art history and construction at the Technical University in Charlottenburg. A year later, he established the architecture firm Taut & Hoffmann with Franz Hoffmann. Taut’s first large projects came in 1913. He became a committed follower of the Garden City movement, evidenced by his design for the Falkenberg Estate.

Taut adopted the futuristic ideals and techniques of the avante-garde as seen in the prismatic dome of the Glass Pavilion, which he built for the association of the German glass industry for the 1914 Werkbund Exhibition in Cologne. His aim was to make a whole building out of glass instead of merely using glass as a surface or decorative material.[citation needed] He created glass-treaded metal staircases, a waterfall with underlighting, and colored walls of mosaic glass. His sketches for the publication “Alpine Architecture” (1917) are the work of an unabashed utopian visionary, and he is classified as a Modernist and, in particular, as an Expressionist. Much of Taut’s literary work in German remains untranslated into English.