The following article was taken from our Second Newsletter (pdf, 2.62 MB)

Report and photographs by Vart Bisanz, Notre Dame University

The Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts & Design at Notre Dame University offered in the summer 2018 semester a unique opportunity for 15 selected architecture students to participate in the “Bauhaus100” study trip to Germany. The major elective seminar course was mostly funded by the DAAD study visit program. It was organized by the part-time faculty member and Bauhaus Alumna Ms. Vart Bisanz, who also accompanied the students on their nine-day journey, following the footsteps of the Bauhaus masters from Berlin to Dessau and Weimar.

Preparative to the trip the students attended an: “introduction to the German language and culture” course offered by the Goethe-Institut Beirut. The participating students had an exceptional opportunity to experience a genuine historical example in this architectural study visit, which was also culturally strongly embedded in the German heritage, and the Bauhaus tradition. This experience provided them with insights about the international impact of the Bauhaus architecture as well as the specific German cultural conditions transmitted through the sites and cultural heritage of the institutions and cities involved in the visit program. The implementation design of the study visit began with understanding Walter Gropius’s search for the “science of architecture” by visiting key objects of modern architecture. Working in the original workshops and staying for two nights in the original Bauhaus dorms, the Prellerhaus built in 1926 was an unforgettable experience for our NDU students. The inspiring atmosphere of the campus directly reflected on the seminar works and learning outcomes of the students.

The study trip “Bauhaus100” not only enhanced the academic knowledge level of the participants but also invigorated a positive cross-cultural and bi-national dialogue based on historical fundamentals of architectural discourse including its aesthetics, historical, economic and cultural functions. At the end of their journey the students were no longer remembering Bauhaus as a chapter during their studies but keeping it as a very personal and inspirational source, guiding them throughout their design ideas.