Architecture and Energy Transitions: The Case of the Bauhaus Dessau Building

The Bauhaus building in Dessau September 24, 2019 Heating the Bauhaus

Focusing on the iconic Bauhaus Dessau building, a very prominent building in the history of architecture in Germany, this project intends to study how have energy transitions—including material, technological, and policy changes—impacted architectural ideas and projects. In particular, how does the framework of energy transitions change the narrative of architectural history? And what were the conditions of coal availability and energy policies that allowed the Bauhaus Dessau to be constructed with so little concern for energy efficiency? How can energy policy to be seen as instrumental to the historical development of modern architecture?