The future Bauhaus of the 21st century


Bauhaus 21 is a movement aiming to develop and design the life and envirement of the 21st century.

The world at the beginning of the 21st century is marked by the disintegration of the political relations and economic systems of the 20th century. The reasons for this are many. Nevertheless, it is important to accept this situation factually instead of complaining about it.

Some of the most important changes of this time are globalization, the Internet and computers with emerging artificial intelligence. The so-called "Industry 4.0" is about to change life significantly.  It is leading to real-time networking of societies so that every person at every point in the world is directly connected to any knowledge. It has become meaningless to divide into developed or developing countries.

Robert Off at the ADD ITC 2019 in Dresden


If a building were a tree, a habitat where people live, but also a reactive force that could respond to environmental influences with its own artificial intelligence, much like a tree, then a city would be a forest - a forest in where people would have a home.

– Prof. Dr. Robert Off


Global population growth represents the greatest challenge to human civilization as we know it. To feed the growing world population, natural resources would have to remain exploited on an unsustainable scale. Destruction of the natural environment is the result and the habitats of many species continue to be destroyed. Preventing this requires rethinking in a direction where humans, animals and plants can once again live in harmony with each other.


At the same time as environmental degradation, we are in the process of climate change, global warming, which can only be mitigated but not stopped or even reversed. The effects will bring major problems for life on the planet. It seems undisputed that more than 50% of greenhouse gas emissions, which are a major cause of climate change, are caused by the construction and operation of real estate.

The concentration on large settlement units, such as megacities, is already more than clear. Cities with more than 10 million inhabitants will increase massively. This is where the Bauhaus 21 concept takes effect. The living environment of the city must change. A city should be seen as an organism, a living biological entity. This needs to be recreated and redesigned.


If a building were a tree, a habitat where people live but also a reactive entity that could use its own artificial intelligence, then a city would be a forest where people would have a home. This forest of buildings could generate more energy than it needs while absorbing and sequestering C02 from the air. The micro- and macro-climate would be positively affected in the long term.


Consortium BAUHAUS 21 Europe