Indo-German Seminar: Bauhaus @ 100

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Event Information

April 8, 2019

New Delhi
Organizer(s): DWIH - German Centre for Research and Innovation New Delhi, DAAD, German Embassy, IIT Roorkee

Curator: Dr. Gaurav Raheja
Associate Professor, IIT Roorkee

This event unfolds a moment to revisit the ideals and philosophy of Bauhaus that began shaping the modern world 100 years ago, uniting art and technology and developing a new way of life. Commemorating 100 years of Bauhaus as a School of Design is a unique opportunity to bring together the icons of modern design / architectural history and contemporary times for a collective reflection on both pedagogy and practice of architecture and design for future. As the world moves into the 21st Century, the critical role of Bauhaus in igniting and spreading the debates and philosophies on Design remains unparalleled. Fusion of art, architecture, technology, craft and several other forms of life became a melting pot in the guided philosophy of it’s masters Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Mies van der Rohe.

The event has been designed and curated with four talks by eminent speakers to inspire and revisit Design in the past and future through the lens and visions of now. With Prof. Zimmermann, the former President of Bauhaus University, Weimar sharing the Vision of Bauhaus in his keynote, it unfolds a discourse and debate to analyse the journey of design from Bauhaus to it’s influences on Indian modern architecture. It unfolds into perspectives of bridging futures from digital urbanism to social inclusion. Towards, the end it provides a reflective enquiry into Design futures with inspirations from Bauhaus.


Prof Dr Gerd Zimmermann

Gerd ZimmermannFormer President, Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, Germany

Dr Zimmerman studied architecture in Weimar (Germany), got his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) in architectural theory, worked from 1973 to 1980 as research fellow in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture of the Building Academy in Berlin with contributions in architectural psychology, semiotics of architecture and empirical investigations in the cognitive impact of architecture. In 1980, he was appointed assistant professor at the University of Architecture and Building in Weimar and in 1992, as university professor for „Design and Theory of Architecture.” He was elected vice-president of the university in the same year. In 1996 when the university became Bauhaus-University Weimar, he was re-elected as vice-president of the university. He served as the Dean of the Department of Architecture at Bauhaus University as vice-president of the university with a six year term, beginning 2004. Since 2016, he has been President of the Architecture Foundation Thüringen. Member of numerous boards, he has been conferred with The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Rainer Noennig

Professor for Digital City Science, CityScienceLab at HafenCity Universität Hamburg
Director, WISSENSARCHITEKTUR Laboratory of Knowledge Architecture, TU Dresden.

From 1992 to 1998, Prof Noennig studied architecture at Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Polytech Krakow and Waseda University Tokyo. Between 1998 and 2001 he practiced as architect in Tokyo, among others at Ishiyama Experimental Underground Architecture Factory, at Arata Isozaki & Associates, and as a freelance architect. From 2001 he was Research Associate at TU Dresden, where he was appointed Junior Professor for Knowledge Architecture (2009-2015). In 2007 he received his doctoral degree from Bauhaus Universität Weimar. He taught at different universities in Japan, USA, China, Italy, Switzerland and Angola, and was Visiting Professor at Universit degli Studi dell l´Aquila, ISEN Toulon and Voronezh State Technical University. He has published several books and more than 100 scientific papers and essays. He has won several prizes, scholarships and awards, incl. the Grand Prize of the European Association for Architecture Education (EAAE). Since 2007 he is married to Yoco Fukuda-Noennig; they have two children.

Dr. P.S. Chani

Head, Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee.

Dr. Chani completed his undergraduate and postgraduate programme in architecture from IIT Roorkee (erstwhile University of Roorkee). He then completed his doctorate in embodied energy in buildings in 2002 from IIT Roorkee and joined as a faculty in this institute.

His core area of research is energy in buildings, particularly low carbon construction and his research team is now venturing into the domain of life cycle energy in buildings. He has supervised more than 25 postgraduate dissertations and 4 Ph.D. thesis. He is currently supervising 9 Ph.D. thesis. He is also a member of the Project Source Committeee of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) on energy efficient building materials in India and an advisory member to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) on the design of the upcoming Dehradun airport.

His teaching interests are in the area of modern architecture and he teaches the history and evolution of modern world and specifically modern Indian architecture in the undergraduate programme, besides being involved in undergraduate and postgraduate design studios.

Dr. Gaurav Raheja

Associate professor, IIT Roorkee

Dr. Raheja is an architect with social thinking outlooks and a well-known expert of accessibility and universal design from India. He is an Associate Professor as well as Co-Cordinator of Design Innovation Center at IIT Roorkee.

Dr. Raheja has been an expert member and has played key advisory roles to the Department of Disabilities in Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India. He has been awarded the Mphasis Universal Design Award, 2010 for his professional and research contributions in the field of universal design. He received the Guest Research Fellowship at T U Berlin in 2017, DAAD IIT Faculty Exchange Fellowship 2016 and DAAD Science Tour Fellowship 2016 amongst others.

With a vision of researching urban futures of human inclusion in built and mobility environments, he has set up Laboratory of Inclusive Design at the Department of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee. Dr. Raheja has delivered several invited talks at national and international platforms including DLR, Berlin, WHO, New Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad, TISS Mumbai, Accenture, Bangalore and several others.


Time (hrs) Programme
16.30 – 17.00 hours Inaugural Session
Inaugural Tea
17.00 – 17.15 hours Inaugural Speech and Introductions
17.15 – 17.45 hours Keynote Talk: The Bauhaus Vision
Prof. Gerd Zimmermann, Former President, Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, Germany
17.45 – 18.05 hrs Bauhaus and Its Influence on Modern Indian Architecture
Prof. P S Chani, Professor & Head, Department of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee
18.05 – 18.25 hrs Bauhaus Inside: Knowledge Architecture & the Digital City
Prof. Joerg Rainer Noennig, Professor, Digital City Science, City Science Lab, Hafencity University, Hamburg, & Director, Wissensarchitektur Laboratory for Knowledge Architecture, T U Dresden, Germany
18.25 – 18.45 hrs Design Futures and Social Inclusion: Inspirations from Bauhaus
Prof. Gaurav Raheja, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Planning, IIT Roorkee Co-Cordinator, Design Innovation Center, IIT Roorkee
18.45 – 19.15 hours Interactive Session: Discussion(s)
19.15 hours Dinner and networking


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