11th International Bauhaus-Colloquium 2009

Architecture in the Age of Empire | Die Architektur der neuen Weltordnung

11th International Bauhaus-Colloquium [Proceedings]

A new, acephalous power has superseded yesterday’s imperialism. This New World Order, known as ‚The Empire’, transgresses all the inherited divisions of political thought, such as state and society, war and peace, control and freedom, core and periphery. The decentered and deterritorializing Empire rules through biopolitics, a form of power that regulates social life from within, directly affecting the minds and bodies of the citizens via media, machines and social practices.

Architecture and Planning have changed substantially within the last decades. The old, modernist efforts for affordable housing and rational organization of cities have faded, just as well as the postmodern obsession with communication, participation, and public space. Instead, aesthetic and flatly apolitical discourses have taken over the foreground: discussions between critical and projective practice, blobs vs. boxes, between atmosphere and ornament.

Yet, this is not the end of history, as shown in the published proceedings.

The contributions of the 11th International Bauhaus-Colloquium Weimar are spanning the time since the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar until today, tracing back the origins of the Empire, as well as asking for alternatives and consequences confronting today’s architectural practice.

Text in German or English, paperback, 658 pages, ISBN: 978-3-86068- 417-7
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Weimar, April 01 – 05, 2009

Architecture in the Age of Empire | Die Architektur der neuen Weltordnung

Since 1976, Bauhaus Colloquia have taken place at regular intervals, addressing hotly debated topics in architecture and urbanism and bringing together distinguished experts and upcoming scholars from all over the world. They are the oldest and most renown conference on architecture theory and history in the German speaking realm. For more information about the past colloquia and their publications, please refer to www.bauhaus-kolloquium.de .

This years meeting will examine the architectural implications and chances of

  • modernization and globalization;
  • projective vs. critical practice
  • affect, ornament and atmosphere
  • architectural expertise and design intelligence.

For a more detailed description see the call for papers.


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All lectures of the plenary sessions will be translated by simultaneous interpreters.