‘Beyond Bauhaus – Prototyping the Future’ Competition

Beyond Bauhaus

Beyond Bauhaus, © Germany - Land of Innovation


Seeking groundbreaking design concepts that offer creative answers to the pressing social and environmental questions of our time.

Attention designers!

On the occasion of this year’s Bauhaus anniversary, Germany – Land of Ideas, supported by the Federal Foreign Office, are holding an international competition for creative professionals from all design disciplines to present their visions and prototypes offering creative answers to the pressing social and environmental questions of our time.

Prizes will be awarded to projects that provide large- and small-scale solutions to some of today’s most urgent questions—projects that open new, sustainable per­spectives and prospects for current and future generations:

  • How will we make our growing cities healthier places to live?
  • How can we ensure quality housing for all?
  • How can we achieve environmentally friendly mobility?
  • How can we reduce the flood of plastic waste?
  • How can we dress comfortably without exploiting others?

Who can participate?

The competition is open to designers and creative people internationally, and from all design disciplines: from basic research and materials science to product design and fashion to architecture and urban development, mobility and new technolo­gies. Individuals, social entrepreneurs, companies and start-ups may apply, as may universities, research institutions and private initiatives.

Like the Bauhaus a century ago, this competition aims to overcome disciplinary boundaries and to bring disparate design disciplines together under a large umbrel­la. Explicit reference to the Bauhaus is not a criterion for participation. A jury of in­ternational experts from architecture, design, fashion, art, new media and science will select twenty winners.

What is the award?

A jury will select the best twenty projects from the projects submitted.

The twenty winners will be acknowledged internationally. In August 2019, they will be invited to Berlin to present their award-winning projects in an exhibition dedi­cated to their designs (Travel and accommodation costs will be paid by the organ­izer). In Berlin, they will have the opportunity to participate in an a accompanying programme of events, talks and workshops, and to network with each other and Berlin’s creative scene. Here, the competition’s central themes may be further ex­plored and new cooperation partners can be found.


Call for entries 12 February 2019

Application deadline 31 March 2019

Announcement of winners June 2019

Exhibition August 16 to September 1, 2019, in Berlin


The project is an initiative of Germany–Land of Ideas. For the project’s conception and implementation, the initiative is working closely with art director and curator Anja Rosendahl (Rosendahl Berlin), communication expert and strategy consultant Prof. Ralf Kemmer (Design Akademie Berlin), curator and cultural historian Dr. Sven Sappelt (CLB Berlin), among other experts.

“beyond bauhaus – prototyping the future” is supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Lotto Foundation Berlin and SAP.

For more detailed information on what to submit, the jury and selection criteria go to www.beyondbauhaus.com.

Download the 'Beyond Bauhaus - Prototyping the Future' Flyer.

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