Can a digitalised world learn lessons from the Bauhaus?


What is still relevant from the Bauhaus experiment to design disciplines in an increasingly digitalised society? At Wilkhahn, the 2019 Bauhaus centenary year is all about learning from the Bauhaus. Following on from the colloquium in 2018, this year, Wilkhahn is inviting guests to its architecture symposium entitled Can a digitalised world learn lessons from the Bauhaus?


Can a digitalised world learn lessons from the Bauhaus? 
Monday, 24 June 2019
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fritz-Hahne-Strasse 8, 31848 Bad Münder, Germany

3 – 5 p.m.
Arne-Jacobsen-Foyer, Herrenhäuser Strasse 3a, 30419 Hanover


Just like the Bauhaus considered industrial production to be a form of craftsmanship a century ago, today the question is how digital technologies can change, supplement or even replace previous industrial and craft techniques. What impact does this have on the creative process of architects, designers and artists? And can we learn anything for the present and the future of design culture from the different approaches, teaching and processes at the Bauhaus? What new practices can the Bauhaus concepts of art and technology (Walter Gropius) or people’s needs instead of the need for luxury or theory and practice (Hannes Meyer) be translated into? The Wilkhahn symposium aims to discuss these issues by bringing together protagonists from the worlds of architecture, design and theory.

The Wilkhahn building, designed by Bauhaus student Herbert Hirche (1929), is the setting for the Bauhaus architecture symposium entitled Can the digitalised world learn from the Bauhaus? Shown with the new portal here.
The Wilkhahn building (Herbert Hirche, 1959) with a new entrance.

The symposium will take place in architecture by Bauhaus student Herbert Hirche on the Wilkhahn campus and include an exhibition on the product designs by Herbert Hirche and representatives of Ulm University of Design, which succeeded the Bauhaus, who were important to Wilkhahn. You can download the full agenda here (the symposium and the program are in German language).

The event will be moderated by Dr Ursula Baus, architecture critic at Plattform Marlowes/frei04 publizistik.


You can only sign up for the event online. Click here to sign up:


The number of attendees is limited. Registrations are considered on a first come first served basis. The fee for the symposium and supporting programme is €45 EUR per person, including transfers and hospitality. Proceeds will be donated to the Lave Foundation’s Architecture macht Schule educational project.


Various architectural chambers will credit symposium attendees with the following points:

NW architectural chamber 3 lessons
BW architectural chamber 2 lessons
Hesse architectural chamber 4 lessons
Saxony architectural chamber 6.3 lessons
Rhineland-Palatinate architectural chamber 4 class hours
At Wilkhahn, the 2019 Bauhaus centenary year is all about learning from the Bauhaus.

Information for attendees 

If you’d like to sign up for the symposium, the following information is important:


Wilkhahn’s premises in Bad Münder/Eimbeckhausen are unfortunately hard to reach by public transport. However, Hanover is easy to reach by train or plane. Which is why, on the morning of 24 June, we’ll be offering to transfer you directly by bus from Hanover to Wilkhahn.

If you arrive the day before (23 June), we have block-booked rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at special rates (economy €114, standard €124, business €134, each including breakfast, double occupancy [only possible in standard or business rooms] + €22).
We’ll send you the relevant link with your registration confirmation.


8:30 a.m. Departure from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hanover, Hinüberstrasse 6 (approx. seven-minute walk from the station).

2:15 p.m. Departure from Wilkhahn to the Arne-Jacobsen Foyer, Herrenhäuser Gärten, Hanover, opened especially for symposium attendees on this Monday. Koch Panse Architekten BDA (Hanover), the architects who refurbished the building, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1966, will give an introduction to the project. Refreshments and end of event.

Alternatively: Transfer from Wilkhahn to Hanover station.

5 p.m. Transfer from the Arne-Jacobsen Foyer to Hanover station.


If you’re bringing your own car to the morning events at Wilkhahn and then going on to Hanover for the afternoon programme, we’d like to ask you to note this on the registration form so that we can plan better.



Click here to sign up.

Click here for more information on the speakers (in German language).

You can download the full agenda here (in German language).


Learning from the Bauhaus 1: Wilkhahn and the Bauhaus students

Learning from the Bauhaus 2: Herbert Hirche

Wilkhahn-colloquium 2018