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"Design approaches that reflect the thinking of the times": Interview with Prof. Dr. Zong Mingming

We talked with Prof. Dr. Zong Mingming, beyond bauhaus jury member, about the importance of the Bauhaus, the potential of the winning projects and the international competition. More

"The number of promising ideas is grandiose": Interview with beyond bauhaus jury member Oliver Jahn

We spoke with Oliver Jahn, member of the international jury of the competition „beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future”, about the significance of the bauhaus concept for the present and future, the international competition and the prizewinners. More

"The projects reach beyond the original borders of Bauhaus": Interview with Juliana Braga de Mattos

The international competition "beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future", sought ground-breaking design ideas and concepts that address a socially relevant topic and provide creative answers to the pressing questions of our time.With Juliana Braga de Mattos we talked about the importance of the Bauhaus and the international competition. More

„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

„The Bauhaus as a kickstarter”: Interview with „beyond bauhaus" jury member Christian Benimana

Christian Benimana talked to us about what the Bauhaus idea can still offer students today and about his hope of using the competition to select projects that inspire global solutions. More

„Everyone has a right to good design”: Interview with "beyond bauhaus" jury member Lisa Lang

Lisa Lang, member of the jury of the competition „beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future”, told us how the Bauhaus has influenced her and what design can do for society. More

„The Bauhaus School influenced the way we live today and tomorrow”: Interview with jury member Eyal Gever

Eyal Gever, member of the international jury of the competition „beyond bauhaus - prototyping the future”, told us about the importance of the Bauhaus in Israel and how Bauhaus ideas still influence us today. More

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"Design approaches that reflect the thinking of the times": Interview with Prof. Dr. Zong Mingming

Prof. Dr. Zong Mingming is a full-time professor at School of Design and Art, Beijing Institute of Technology as well as Dean of School of Design and Art, Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai. In 2014 she was selected as one of the „China Top 10 Educator for Industrial Design“, she is the President of China Good Design Zhuhai Center since 2017 and became the President of Social Welfare Culture and Industrial Service Research Institute in 2018.

We talked with her about the importance of the Bauhaus, the potential of the winning projects and the international competition.

During this centennial anniversary year, everyone’s talking about the Bauhaus. But what makes the Bauhaus so popular today?
Among the myriad explanations, the most convincing is this: through the exploration and perfection of form and function, the Bauhaus has given birth to many design approaches that reflect the thinking of the times.

Creative people worldwide have participated in this competition. How to explain the enormous response?
Indeed, the response is a sign that the core concerns the Bauhaus originally ignited continue to appeal to designers and their dedication to the ecological environment, living conditions and overall quality of life.

What potential do you see in the award-winning projects?
I see immeasurable potential to spread, practice and reconstruct the modern paradigm of the art and technology educational system around the world.

What is the most important information you would like to teach your students about the Bauhaus?
I will teach each of my students that the soul of the Bauhaus is about cultivating the core characteristics of a designer: focus on the basics, objectivity and functionality.

Do you think the Bauhaus positively contributes to the German-Chinese relationship?
Yes, definitely. In the process of its modernisation, China has been increasingly sharing in the historical goals and inspirations forged by the German impulse of industrialisation: social well-being and services in support of people's livelihoods.