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CULTURE THIS WEEK
SCHOUWBURG PLEIN CHALLENGES ROTTERDAM
In the Netherlands, "West 8" refers to the predominant wind direction and its force that blows over the lowlands. "West 8" is also the name of a design firm that seeks to negate the distinction between engineering and design and to diffuse the already artificial boundaries between landscape architecture, urban planning, and architecture.
It was born in Germany. It flourished in Tel Aviv. The Bauhaus modernist movement saw light with the birth of the Weimar Republic, then it was extinguished in Germany with the demise of the republic.
The Bauhaus ideas, expressed mainly in architecture, were socially, economically, artistically, and technologically progressive. And they were anathema to the totalitarian, anti-humanistic Nazi regime. The Bauhaus school was therefore closed soon after the Nazis' rise to power, and its proponents persecuted.