The year 2019 marks the centennial anniversary of the Bauhaus, one of modern Germany's most influential art and design schools. On the occasion of this momentous anniversary, we are holding an international competition for creative professionals to present their designs and visions for a better world.
We are seeking concepts and prototypes that address relevant social issues, in ways both big and small, and that contribute to making the world a healthier, fairer, more sustainable and better place.
How will we make our growing cities healthier places to live? How can we ensure quality housing for all? How can we achieve environmentally friendly mobility? How can we reduce the flood of plastic waste?
Who can apply?
The competition is open to designers and creatives internationally and from all design disciplines: from basic research and materials science to product design, fashion, architecture, urban development, mobility and future technologies.
The competition seeks both prototypes in the development stage and pioneering projects already being implemented.
Applications are open to individuals, social entrepreneurs, companies, start-ups, universities and research institutions as well as private initiators and initiatives.
What awaits the prize winners?
The future wants to be shaped - show us your vision!
We invite the 20 best designers to Berlin to present their projects and offer an internationally visible platform to help their ideas attract worldwide attention. The winning projects will be shown exclusively in an exhibition from 16 August to 1 September 2019 as part of 100 years of Bauhaus.
*Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organiser for one person.
The exhibition venue is the CLB Berlin at Aufbau Haus - a dynamic creative hub in the capital with the design akademie berlin, creative agencies, start-up scene, publishing house, club and much more.
The exhibition is accompanied by events including talks, workshops and a summer school. This offers numerous opportunities for professional exchange and networking with Berlin's creative scene.
At the festivities honouring the award-winning projects, on 16 August 2019, each prize recipient will receive an individualised vase from our partner KPM - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin KPM - Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur Berlin. The vase is part of the limited-edition collection b100 HALLE, which is based on Bauhaus aesthetics. It was originally designed in 1930-31 by Marguerite Friedlaender, who worked first at the Bauhaus and then at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, where she was the first woman to hold the position of ceramic workshop manager.
Each application is evaluated according to three criteria:
1. Creative Vision
The project contains a future-oriented core idea articulated in a coherent design concept. We understand design in a fundamental sense, and therefore include concrete objects as well as digital applications, urban processes or forms of social organisation.
The project offers convincing answers to present and future challenges, particularly with regards to sustainability, resources, opportunities for participation, health, prosperity or intergenerational justice. The project is committed to the fundamental values of an open, globally connected society and is characterized by high scalability.
3. Social Impact
The project aims to have a specific social impact, i.e. positive effects on individual lifestyles and their ecological ramifications.
100 jahre bauhaus
This competition takes place on the occasion of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Bauhaus (2019) and is an official programme highlight of the nationwide Bauhaus Association.
The centennial celebration's motto, "Thinking the world anew", serves as an invitation to take up a new spirit of optimism, the will to reinvigorate and the joy of experimentation -- attitudes shared by the students and practitioners of the Bauhaus.
In this way, "beyond bauhaus – prototyping the future" echoes modernism's central conviction about the world-altering power of design, bringing it into the present by focusing on projects that offer solutions to some of the most pressing contemporary social, ecological and global challenges.
Partners and sponsors:
The Germany - Land of Ideas initiative works closely on the conceptualization and implementation of this competition with curator and cultural historian Dr. Sven Sappelt (CLB Berlin), art director and curator Anja Rosendahl (Rosendahl-Berlin), communications expert and strategy consultant Prof. Ralf Kemmer (design akademie berlin), among others. beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future is supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Lotto Foundation Berlin and SAP SE.
The China Good Design Zhuhai Center and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem, Israel support the communication of the competition in the respective country.