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Biology and the Bauhaus

Biology and the Bauhaus,” Tate etc., 6 (Spring 2006), 48-55.

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May 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Bauhaus at the Zoo

Bauhaus at the Zoo,” Nature, 439 (23 Feb. 2006), 916.

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This article argues that modernist designers in the 1930s found inspiration in the life sciences.

May 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

The Bauhaus of Nature

The Bauhaus of Nature,” Modernism/Modernity, 12:2 (2005), 229-251.

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This article examines the history of architecture based upon ecological principles. The point of departure is the architectural debate in London in the 1930s in which former faculty members of the Bauhaus school engaged with ecologists with regards to the methods of designing in harmony with nature. László Moholy-Nagy, for example, developed a design methodology inspired by the ecologist Raoul H. Francé which sought to copy nature’s workshop. This “bio-technique” (or bionics) became the methodology for his design in London and later for the New Bauhaus school in Chicago. Berthold Lubetkin was inspired by similar ideas in his design of the penguin pool at the London Zoo. The geometric order of the pool reflected promising new mathematical research tools in biology, as well as a social concern for the health and evolutionary survival of the human species. Some of the same concerns were apparent in the visionary ecological design for the film Things to Come (1936) written by H. G. Wells. Inspired by the Bauhaus style of architecture and city planning, the film portrayed an environmentally friendly ecotopia based on the science of human ecology. This article offers a history of architecture inspired by social studies of science and patronage methodology.

May 23, 2011 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design

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Global warming and concerns about sustainability recently have pushed ecological design to the forefront of architectural study and debate. As Peder Anker explains in From Bauhaus to Ecohouse, despite claims of novelty, debates about environmentally sensitive architecture has been ongoing for nearly a century. By exploring key moments of inspiration between designers and ecologists from the Bauhaus projects of the interwar period to the eco-arks of the 1980s, Anker traces the historical intersection of architecture and ecological science and assesses how both remain intertwined philosophically and pragmatically within the still-evolving field of ecological design.

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May 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm


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