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THE CO-OP PRINCIPLE: HANNES MEYER AND THE CONCEPT OF COLLECTIVE DESIGN. Ed. by Werner Moller, Raquel Franklin and Tim Leik. Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, 2015. Published by Spector Books, Leipzig. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Ram Publications, Santa Monica. 96 pp. 21 x 15 cm. ISBN 9783959050104 In English.
Publisher's description: Cooperatives, sharing communities, co-housing -- in the late 1920s the Bauhaus took a keen interest in the relationship between society and design, the individual and collaborative creation and production. A key figure in this development was architect Hannes Meyer (1889-1954), the second Bauhaus director, whose revolutionary collaborative design process is documented here for the first time. With his appointment in 1928, Meyer brought a change in thinking: from author-architect to collective, from the need for luxury to the needs of the people, playing a key role radically orienting the school's teaching, workshops, its planning and architecture around the idea and needs of the collective until his politically motivated dismissal in 1930. Informative texts by researchers Werner Moller and Astrid Volpert, with introduction by director Claudia Perren, are illustrated with a wonderful array of archival photos of students, performances, furniture and building projects that convey the energy and optimism of the time.
Artist(s):Meyer, Hannes
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1900-1945 — Architecture — Bauhaus
Plans: 73,75
Worldwide Number: 082643
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