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„Combining Realism and Megalomania:” Interview with „beyond bauhaus” jury member Wolfram Putz
The international jury of the competition „beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future” consists of experts from a wide range of design disciplines. Architect Wolfram Putz is one of them and he told us what he associates with the Bauhaus and what he expects of the entries in the competition „beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future“. More.

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„Combining Realism and Megalomania:” Interview with „beyond bauhaus” jury member Wolfram Putz

The international jury of the competition „beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future” consists of experts from a wide range of design disciplines. Architect Wolfram Putz is one of them: he’s one of the three founders of the architecture firm GRAFT, which has offices in the USA, China and Germany. With commissions in architecture, city planning and design, the office has won numerous national and international awards and achieved international recognition. Firm partners Wolfram Putz, Lars Krückeberg and Thomas Willemeit curated the German Pavilion—along with Marianne Birthler—at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Wolfram Putz told us what he associates with the Bauhaus and what he expects of the entries in the competition „beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future“:

1. What do you associate with the Bauhaus?
For me, the Bauhaus is the most exciting German architectural departure of the last hundred years. Especially inspiring, even today, is the successful reconciliations of planning and craftsmanship, innovation and tradition.

2. In your opinion, what effects do the Bauhaus ideas still have on our everyday lives nowadays and how can we benefit from them in the future?
The Bauhaus shows that it’s worth going at something with complete enthusiasm and courage, in ways that are both contemporary and critical—even in a headwind. We would do well to again encourage the kind of unique symbiosis of teacher and student culture we know from the Bauhaus. In my opinion, it was foremost the first generation of students who defined the Bauhaus we’ve come to appreciate. The unique constellation of teachers would never have borne fruit without this energetic combination.

3. What do you expect from the „beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future” competition?
Like the era of the Bauhaus, we too are at a turning point. The changes that industrialization, social upheaval and increasing urbanization brought to that era are mirrored in the changes we’re experiencing as a result of progressive digitalization and globalization. These, in turn, are revolutionizing production processes. I hope the entries in this competition will provide a strong impetus for recognizing and solving these new challenges. In the spirit of the Bauhaus, these design ideas may then also combine realism and megalomania.

Photo: Pablo Castagnola