Indo-German Seminar: Bauhaus @ 100


Date: April 6, 2018
Venue: IIT Roorkee

Bauhaus, the modern school of design thinking with strong pedagogic goals remains a light house of architectural education, since a century. Today, on almost 100 years of its influence and existence, is a moment to pause, look back and look ahead at the future of architecture as a discipline, pedagogy and the future. Amidst new philosophies of urban transformations, socio economic frameworks and an inevitable technological control of human lives, how could the Bauhaus vision re-kindle the fundamentals of a sustainable future as an idea. From an industrial precision to a philosophy of minimalism, the challenges of ubiquity in global urban forms and identity crisis in a contemporary world remain debates of rethinking architecture, re interpreting art and re visiting the design processes. Experts from India and Germany will come together to think and reflect upon the future of architecture and its education, under the historic moments of revisiting the past 100 years of Bauhaus.


Topics of the talk

  • Architectural Pedagogy and Knowledge Futures
  • Design Thinking and Contemporary Art
  • Urban Futures and Architectural Research

Time (hrs)


09.00- 09.45 h


10.00- 11.00 h

Inaugural Session

11.00-11.30 h

Tea Break

11.30-13.00 h

Session I:
Bauhaus: Reflections from a Historical Lens

Revisiting Bauhaus: The Journey and Evolution from Then to Now

Prof. Gerd Zimmermann, Former Vice President, Bauhaus, Weimar, Germany

Bauhaus and its Influence on Contemporary Indian Architecture

Prof. P S Chani, Head, Department of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee

Birth of Indian Modernism and Modern Masters

Prof. Rajiv Mishra, Principal, Sir J J College of Architecture, Mumbai

From Bauhaus to the Ahmedabad Declaration: Origins of Indian Design Education

Prof. Pradyumna Vyas, Former Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Session Moderator

Prof. Gaurav Raheja, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee

13.00-14.00 h

Lunch Break

14.00-15.15 h

Session II:
Bauhaus and Contemporary Design (inter) Connections
Bauhaus Inside: Knowledge Architecture & the Digital City

Prof. Joerg Rainer Noennig, Chair, Knowledge Architecture, T U Dresden Professor, City Science Lab, Hafencity University, Hamburg, Germany

Tagore and Bauhaus: The Indian Umbilical Cord
Prof. Joy Sen, Head, Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, IIT Kharagpur

Gropius and Corbusier: Narratives from Chandigarh
Prof. Sangeeta Bagga, Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh

Contemporary Arts and Communication Design: Inspirations from Bauhaus Prof. Udaya Kumar D., Head, Department of Design, IIT Guwahati & Indian Rupee Symbol Designer

Session Moderator
Prof. P S Chani, Professor & Head, Department of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee

15.15-15.45 h

Tea Break

15.45- 17.00 h

Session III:
Sustainability, Design and Futures beyond Bauhaus

Sustainable Futures through Urban Design Practices Prof. Janaka Wijesundra, University of Moratuwa, Srilanka

Form Follows Concern: Sustainable Design Practices from North East Sonam G., Director, Echostream, Sikkim, India

Social Innovation by Design
Nishita Gill, Founder and Creative Principal, Tree Mouse, New Delhi, India

Session Moderator
Prof. Smriti Saraswat, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee

17.00-17.30 h

Valedictory Session

17.30-18.30 h

High Tea

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6th April 2019 IIT Roorkee