Founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, by architect Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus existed for 14 years before being shut down. Cited as the “most influential design school in history” by Nature: The International Journal of Science, the Bauhaus has direct links to Illinois Tech’s own architecture and design schools. The university will honor Germany’s Bauhaus this September during its inaugural Shapeshift festival. The event aims to celebrate Illinois Tech’s “legendary, yet largely unknown, Bauhaus heritage.” Why does the Bauhaus matter, especially now, at its 100th anniversary? 

Joining Curiosity Unplugged are Professor Emeritus of Architecture History Kevin Harrington, Institute of Design Dean Denis Weil, and the John and Jeanne Rowe Endowed Professor in Architecture John Ronan.