From Function to Emotion: A Case for Post-Bauhaus Architecture in the 21st Century

Unknown photographer, Members of the Bauhaus ensemble


From Function to Emotion: A Case for Post-Bauhaus Architecture in the 21st Century

General: $25 | AIASF: $15 | Student/Senior: $5 



If we take the Bauhaus opening in Germany as the official date of birth of Modern Architecture, 2019 is its 100th birthday. An appraisal might be timely. How has it shaped the landscape we live in today? What was its qualitative impact on the built environment around the globe? Did it solve the problems it tackled through the democracy of design? The forefathers of Modern Architecture responded to their challenges through their own design ideas, but are those responses formally and conceptually relevant to our current pressing challenges? Most importantly, a centenary is an opportunity to ask, “What might the next 100 years of Modernism look like?”

To answer that question, we foreground a new concept. Second Century Modernism seeks to create an architecture of abundance, richness and community, thru placing a higher priority on Emotional Meaning, thru a shift in the Design Process which balances the rational with the intuitive, and thru a Less + More approach to expanding the range of Cultural Values we can inclusively balance in our environments.

We invite anyone invested in these questions to attend this conversation through a workshop. A concoction of brainstorming, debating, sketching, observing, and ruminations to come up with a philosophical agenda for future design action. Architects are agents of change and designing tomorrow is a central tenet of the art of building. Let’s find out together.

About the Presenters

John Marx, AIA, is the founding design principal of Form4 Architecture in San Francisco, CA. He advocates for Philosophy, Art, and Poetry in the thoughtful making of place, using the compelling power of form, always aware that architecture is a balancing act between self expression and collaboration. In addition, John is a part time student of Absurdity, Paradox, and Kindness. He has widely lectured on the topics of Design, Placemaking, Emotional Meaning and Cultural Vibrancy in Silicon Valley and places as diverse as Korea, Italy, Austria, Australia, Canada and the Technion in Israel. John exhibited his work at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and exhibited during 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale at GAFF.



Pierluigi Serraino is a San Francisco-based architect, author, and educator, whose projects and writings have been widely published in journals such as Architectural Record, A+U (Japan), and The Architectural Review (UK). Among his books Modernism Rediscovered (Taschen, 2000), The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Personality Study (Monacelli Press, 2016). He is the author of the recently published book Ezra Stoller: A Photographic History of Modern American Architecture (Phaidon, 2019) about the captivating history of 20th-century Modern American architecture, as seen through the eyes of the legendary architectural photographer, Ezra Stoller. This book is one of the first to present the breadth of Stoller’s largely unseen archive of images, brought to life through exquisite color and duotone black-and-white reproductions.




This AIASF program is part of the 100-year anniversary celebrations of the Bauhaus in partnership with the Center for Architecture + Design (The Center) and the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD). is a traveling exhibition, developed by the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin, in partnership with the Goethe Institut San Francisco. presents 100 key works from the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus photography, which is comprised of more than 70,000 images.

100 photographic reprints presented at the partnering venues will display the wide variety of ways in which photography was used to document and foster creativity at the Bauhaus. Categorized into four themes–life at the Bauhaus (celebrations/performances, everyday life/leisure, and life in the workshops), portraits, architectural and product photography, as well as images from the Bauhaus’ only photography course, headed by Walter Peterhans–these prints provide an extensive overview of the artistically diverse Bauhaus campus. AIASF will showcase the majority of the photographs spanning all four themes in the Center for Architecture + Design gallery. Additionally, in their front galleries, the Museum of Craft and Design will feature 30 photographs focusing on design objects, weaving workshops, and product photography. Related Events

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Exhibition Opening reception (RSVP Requested)

AIASF+ Center for Architecture + Design Gallery

130 Sutter Street, Suite 600

October 10, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

MCD Curator Symposium:
Museum of Craft & Design
2569 3rd Street
October 11, 2019 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Film Screening: “Bauhaus Spirit”
AIASF + Center for Architecture + Design Gallery
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
October 17, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM



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