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Modernism and Design: The Bauhaus Experience

Weimar, Germany


Professors Mirle Rabinowitz-Bussell and Sue Peerson
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 30, 2018
Arrival: Sun., July 1, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 2, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., July 2, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 3, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 4, 2018

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • You will need to take a flight that arrives at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) or Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) early in the day on Sunday, July 1.
  • You will also need to purchase a train ticket from Frankfurt or Berlin to Weimar. We strongly encourage you to arrive at the Weimar train station on Sunday, July 1 between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm in order to be met by a representative of Bauhaus University.
  • Students who arrive later than this time will receive instructions on how to make their way to your program housing independently.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program, get advice about train tickets, or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Tuesday, January 23, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
    Social Sciences Building 102
  • Monday, February 5, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
    Social Sciences Building 102

Why you should go

The Bauhaus School, founded in Weimar, Germany in 1919, was one of the 20th century’s most influential sites for art, architecture, design, and urban planning innovation. At the forefront of the emerging International Style which contributed to the launch of Modernism, its approach to design theory, pedagogy, and practice was revolutionary as it adopted an anti-historical and anti-monumental approach much more focused on purity of form, color, and function. It also pioneered an innovative approach to education that focused on the productive workshop as a studio space for students to engage in hands-on, applied learning. Forced to change locations twice (first to Dessau and then Berlin), it was ultimately pressured to close by the Nazis in 1933. Several years after the reunification of Germany in the early 1990s, Bauhaus University, Weimar (BUW) returned to its intellectual roots and is again at the leading edge of pedagogy, research, and practice in architecture and urban planning.

This Global Seminar focuses on the history, contradictions, and legacy of the Bauhaus School and its underlying philosophy as a lens into the larger International Style in architecture and planning across the world. This Global Seminar will introduce students to critical architecture and urban planning theory and history in conjunction with a design school studio experience that will enable them to apply concepts to their own designs and create work to include in their personal portfolios. Students will also benefit from the opportunity to live and study in a quintessential European college town.

Who should go

This program would be valuable for any student interested in architecture, urban planning, design, visual and/or fine arts, and history. It would be particularly useful for students interested in working on projects that can be added to their professional portfolio.

Meet the professors

Professor Mirle Rabinowitz-BussellMirle Rabinowitz-Bussell is a Continuing Lecturer and the Academic Director of Real Estate and Development in the Urban Studies and Planning Program. Her research focuses on affordable housing and community development in underserved communities. Professor Rabinowitz Bussell teaches many of the foundation courses for the USP Program. She is the recipient of a Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Bussell received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA and also has a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University.

Professor Sue PeersonSue Peerson is a Continuing Lecturer in the Urban Studies and Planning Program. In addition to teaching urban design, graphics, and site analysis courses, she has her own planning and design consulting firm. She specializes in campus planning. She is also an appointed member of the City of San Diego Planning Commission. She has a B.A. in City Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Both professors traveled with a group of six students to Bauhaus University in October of 2015 and are delighted to be returning again in summer 2018.

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Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
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