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Architectural education as an abbreviated sphere of national collaboration: re-examining the Bauhaus

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In Nations and Nationalism Gellner spoke for the capacity of institutions to substitute for weakened or withering nations, and it is in this sense that the Bauhaus (1919–1933), a German institute of architectural education, is theorised here as an abbreviated state of renewed collaboration. The paper posits the view that the contribution of architecture to discussions of nationalism, based on its capacity to elucidate latent aspects of the lifeworld, is its account of the spatial and material state of the nation. Institutions are viewed as middle-ground operations that rehearse the national spirit within an abbreviated setting for redemptive praxis.

Keywords: Bauhaus; collaboration; element; sensitive media

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Architecture,Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester, UK

Publication date: 2012-09-01

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