Architect Philipp Oswalt on lessons from the Bauhaus for the digital era

Bauhaus Archive by Samuel Zeller


The storied Bauhaus movement of the early 20th century has inspired generations of artists and designers. It also has important lessons for our modern digital culture, says architect, writer and professor Philipp Oswalt.

The Bauhaus offered “a critique of the over-domination of modern science and modern technology in the everyday life of its time,” said Oswalt. It did not reject technology, but instead attempted to “recontextualize it with ideas of design” and “emphasize other forms of knowledge than just quantitative knowledge.”

Oswalt recently took part in a series at Haus der Kulturen der Welt that examined the significance of Bauhaus and how it fits into the modern day context of Silicon Valley.

Marlene Melchior reports.

Photo by Samuel Zeller