A Festival of Creative Urban Living

26 September – 13 October 2019
Utopian Dreams to New Town Reality

Could reimagining Bauhaus for today deliver a New Modernism?

Talks and Discussions

Tuesday 1 October

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Suitable for ages 16+

Chris Murray, Charles Landry + guests

This event will explore a short history of Utopian ideas for the city, how this connects to the present reality, and what paradigm shifts we need to make to live successfully in cities of the future.

100 years after its founding we will ask what the influence of the Bauhaus has been, the legacy of the Modernism that it emerged from for New Towns, and if we were to reinvent a Bauhaus for today’s challenges, what might it look like?

Michiel Schwarz’ book, ‘Sustainism is the New Modernism’ talked about a future where: the main focus is local, not global; solutions are bespoke and place-based, not one size fits all; and where sustainability rather than consumption is the guiding principle.

How could a Bauhaus Now respond to New Modernism and the needs of today, and are there lessons that we can learn from those possibilities that could help us find new ways to address real-time problems?

Might Bauhaus have grown from working on individual buildings and objects, to addressing places holistically, using its radical interdisciplinary methods? Could it have expanded these from encompassing artists, designers and industrialists to also working with psychologists, anthropologists, economists, digital and climate experts?

This afternoon will include presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops which will explore such real-time challenges, bringing these together to contribute to a future manifesto for a Bauhaus Now, which will inform a further event in Bristol as part of the Festival of the Future City.


Meeting Place
Midsummer Boulevard
(opposite The Point)

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A Festival of
Creative Urban
Living 2019

26 September
– 13 October

Illustration by Lukas Hamilcaro
Design by Studio Chehade  

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