Infographic: The Bauhaus, Where Form Follows Function

UPDATE: In honor of the 81st anniversary of the day the closed in 1933, we’re re-publishing this popular infographic, which was originally published April 16th, 2012.

From the “starchitect” to “architecture for the 99%,” we are witnessing a shift of focus in the field of architecture. However, it’s in the education system where these ideas really take root and grow. This sea change inspired us to explore past movements, influenced by economic shifts, war and the introduction of new technologies, and take a closer look at the bauhaus movement.

Often associated with being anti-industrial, the Arts and Crafts Movement had dominated the field before the start of the Bauhaus in 1919. The Bauhaus’ focus was to merge design with industry, providing well designed products for the many.

The Bauhaus not only impacted design and architecture on an international level, but also revolutionized the way design schools conceptualize education as a means of imparting an integrated design approach where form follows function.

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Cite: Jett, Megan. "Infographic: The Bauhaus, Where Form Follows Function" 11 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <>


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    Very good little piece. The first place I went to in Berlin. Where does it say that the Seagram is in Chicago? Can’t find it Chris.

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    Thanks Chris, the location for the Seagram has been fixed!

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    That building you draw is not the school in Berlin. It’s a museum built in 1976-79. Looks nice but seems to have many mistakes.

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      Infographics don’t contain complete information. IF you want more detail, look for other references.

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    Just some things you didn’t mention:
    Henry van de Velde and Großherzoglich-Sächsische Kunstschule Weimar which was there at the starting point,
    and Hannes Meyer, the swiss architect who was the director of the Bauhaus in the time between Gropius and Mies.

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      Thanks Claus, I’ve noted the gap in the director’s timeline but coudn’t remember Meyer’s name!

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    Excellent infographic, though Marcel Breuer left the GSD in 1946, not 1952 as shown above.

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    I think the little airplanes should be little ships as most emigrants fled Europe by ocean liner.

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    I think as well, that important to mention Hannes Meyer, one of directors of Bauhaus

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    Thanks. I’m reminded of a wonderful short piece by Tom Wolf called “From Our House to Bauhaus”

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