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The Co-op Principle - Hannes Meyer and the Concept of Collective Design

Werner Möller and Tim Leik

Cooperatives, sharing communities, co-housing – the collective is in high demand. At the end of the 1920s the Bauhaus took a keen interest in addressing questions surrounding the relationship between society and design, between individual and collaborative creation and production.

The second Bauhaus director Hannes Meyer played a key role here radically orienting the school’s teaching and workshops and its planning and architecture around the idea and needs of the collective. Meyer’s concept of a collaborative design process was particularly revolutionary.

Language: English