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Bauhaus Earth: Playing Fair in the Pursuit of Sustainable Design
In the world of architecture and design, the concept of fair play is interpreted through the active research lens of Bauhaus Earth, a dynamic collective of practitioners spanning various disciplines.

Bauhaus Earth wholeheartedly embraces the concept of "Fair Play" through its commitment to openness, generosity, and collaboration. It maintains an inclusive and open environment for practitioners and researchers, actively showcases evolving ideas with a focus on addressing climate change. We would represent our activation of fair play through the metaphor of Reedcrete—a material that exemplifies collaborative efforts.

This essay is part of Issue #2 “Fair Play”, a series curated by KoozArch.

A Global Collaborative Think-Tank

At its core, Bauhaus Earth is an interdisciplinary think-and-do tank that transcends traditional boundaries. Our mission is to reimagine collaborative, beautiful, and regenerative approaches to building and living. This grand vision involves connecting thinkers, designers, and policymakers from around the world to engage in research, demonstration projects, and political advocacy.

At its core, Bauhaus Earth is an interdisciplinary think-and-do tank that transcends traditional boundaries.

The BE-FELLOW Program: Nurturing Innovation

A pivotal aspect of our commitment to fairness is the BE-FELLOW program, in collaboration with Experimental. This program supports exceptionally talented emerging figures in the movement towards sustainable building practices, known as the Bauwende. It grants fellows the financial freedom and an intellectually stimulating environment to explore experimental ideas and fresh design approaches. These projects foster collaboration among emerging talents, experts, students, and local stakeholders, creating fertile ground for innovation.

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Fairness in Research Exchange

Bauhaus Earth's approach to fairness extends to the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and resources. The invited Fellows are encouraged to bring their research topics, fostering a diverse and inclusive intellectual environment. Moreover, the organisation's dedication to climate justice aligns with the concept of fairness, addressing the balance between architects, scientists, makers, and researchers.

Reedcrete, a relatively unresearched material made of water reed shives mixed with water and lime, symbolises the collaborative spirit of Bauhaus Earth.

A Metaphor: Reedcrete

Reedcrete emerged from the collaboration with the first fellows, the design studio Material Cultures. Reedcrete, a relatively unresearched material made of water reed shives mixed with water and lime, symbolises the collaborative spirit of Bauhaus Earth. It showcases how different disciplines can come together to support research, echoing the dynamics of a well-played game where assembling the right team can lead to greater success.

An Inclusive and Generous Approach

Bauhaus Earth's inclusivity, openness, and curiosity are evident in its open call for researchers to pose open-ended questions. The organisation's international scope and commitment to filling research gaps underline its generous approach to knowledge creation and dissemination.

Bauhaus Earth as a Platform for Play

In the context of 'play,' our organisation hopes to act as a platform for co-founding robust local networks. Just as in a game, the collaboration process resembles assembling a winning team. The organisation's commitment to planetary justice and ecological survival drives its dedication to making research public and accessible.

Fair Play: An Open and Generous Field

Reedcrete encapsulates Bauhaus Earth's ethos of fairness and collaboration. As the organisation continues to evolve, it will create new networks, pioneer innovative prototypes, and generate fresh insights, all in alignment with the principles of fair play in the pursuit of sustainable architecture and living.


Text by Alexine Sammut.

Bio

Bauhaus Earth is a non-profit organisation based in Germany. It's an ecosystem of collaborators from the fields of architecture and planning, the arts, science, governance, and industry. Through in-depth research, demonstration projects, and political advocacy the institutions reimagines collaborative, beautiful, and regenerative ways to build and live. Bauhaus Earth is committed to a future where buildings, cities, and landscapes proactively contribute to climate restoration and have a positive impact on the planet and its inhabitants.

Published
18 Oct 2023
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