Bauhaus, Design and the Livable Anthropocene

Exhibition and Colloquium Celebrating the 100th Year of the Bauhaus School

Bauhaus exhibit 

This event celebrates the innovative approach to design and architecture developed at the Bauhaus Art School, founded in 1919. The aim is to reflect on the historical impact of this approach and explore its potential for addressing the design challenges of the Anthropocene. A colloquium featuring invited speakers will precede the Opening of the bau1haus exhibition of photographs by Jean Molinar of Modernist buildings inspired by Bauhaus from around the world. The exhibition is graciously being lent to us by the Vancouver Consulate of Germany, and the Consul and his staff will be present at the inauguration. This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. A reception with refreshments will follow the Opening.

Presentations and Opening of Exhibit: POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room 129

Exhibit: POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Main Hallway

To attend the Colloquium, register here for free ticket.

Contact person: Thomas Heyd, Philosophy,



Opening of the Colloquium by the University Librarian, Jonathan Bengtson


Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ulduz Maschaykh (Architectural History), “Dwelling Architecture – An Exploration of Housing Solutions for Challenges In the 21st Century”


Menno Hubregtse (Art History and Visual Studies), “Bauhaus, Dieter Rams and Good Design”


Cody Poulton (Asian and Pacific Studies), “Bauhaus and Japanese architecture”




Tom Saunders (History), “Bauhaus and European History”


Panel discussion (Ulduz Maschaykh, Menno Hubregtse, Tom Saunders), “Relevance of Bauhaus for design in the times of the Anthropocene”


Questions from the floor


Inauguration of Art Show, opening words by Chris Goto-Jones, Dean of Humanities, Marcus Millwright, Chair of Art History and Visual Studies, Elena Pnevmonidou, Director of European Studies 


Opening statement by Vancouver Consul of Germany, Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt


Reception / Viewing of the Art Show

With thanks to the Consulate of Germany, the Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, the Faculty of Humanities, the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, European Studies, the Department of German and Slavic Studies, the Centre for Global Studies, the Faculty of Public Administration, the Department of Philosophy, PICS and UVic in the Anthropocene, as well as to the speakers, Ulduz Maschaykh, Menno Hubregste, Cody Poulton and Tom Saunders. Special thanks to the Vancouver Consulate of Germany for lending us the bau1haus exhibition and sponsoring the Reception, in particular to Dr. Schmidt and Ms. Daiminger for their support throughout the planning of this event, and to Michael Lines and Lisa Abram from the Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library.

For more information on UVic in the Anthropocene, please visit our website.

Territory Acknowledgement

We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. This acknowledgment entails a commitment to ongoing dialogue and reconciliation with the peoples of these lands.