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Week 2 -
Proto Modernism

Week 3 -
Modernism and Fine Art Movements

Week 4 -
Utopian Visions

Week 5 -
The Bauhaus

Week 6 -
The Material Culture and Consumerism

Week 7 -
The Design Profession

Week 8 -
Corporate Design

Week 9 -
Term 1 Review

Week 10 -
Written Test

Mid Semester Break

Week 11 -
National Identity in Design

Week 12 -
Design and Reconstruction

Week 13 -
Humanist Design

Week 14 -
Non Contact Week

Week 15 -
Mid Century Modern - Written Assignment Due

Week 16 -
Women and Design

Week 17 -
High Tech Architecture
& Contemporary Modernism

Week 18 -
Term 2 Review

Week 19 -
Written Test

Week 5 - The Bauhaus

Last year, we watched a pretty thorough video on Bauhaus. If you weren't here for that, let me know and I can supply it to watch at some other time.

In the Tutorial, we'll discuss a topic related to last week's lecture (yet to be supplied).

If you'd like to check out last year's Bauhaus resources, they're at: katsclass.com/10760/designwk11.htm

Watch videos:

Leave It To Roll-Oh, 1940

Tongue-in-cheek film showing a domestic robot freeing housewives of their chores (and intimating that their work is hardly necessary); actually a promo showing how relays and switches function in the modern automobile. Shown at the New York World's Fair in 1940. From archive.org

In The Suburbs, 1957

Thoughtfully made advertising sales promo film extolling 1950s suburbanites as citizens and consumers. From archive.org

Also recommended:

To New Horizons, 1940 (25 minutes)

Definitive document of pre-World War II futuristic utopian thinking, as envisioned by General Motors. Documents the "Futurama" exhibit in GM's "Highways and Horizons" pavilion at the World's Fair, which looks ahead to the "wonder world of 1960." From Archive.org - World's Trade Fair, NY 1939

There are a number of excellent movies from this period on archive.org:

Consumerism and Futurism (meaning American Utopianism, not Futurism as in the Italian art movement)

If you want to watch any of the movies on archive.org, ask me first - Imight be able to save you download by bringing it into class on DVD. They're almost all Public Domain, and can be copied freely. Yay! I love Archive.org and their mantra of 'universal access to human knowledge'.








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