Bauhaus of the Seas Sails article published in new Design Issues

A new article by Bauhaus of the Seas Sails titled Navigating Problematic Bauhaus Inheritances: Critiques, Implications, and Questions from the Bauhaus of the Seas NEB Lighthouse has been published in Design Issues, Volume 40, Issue 3, Summer 2024. Established in 1984, Design Issues is one of the first and most influential academic journals in design. It is published online and in hard copy by MIT Press.

This is a second article published in the prestigious journal following the Bauhaus of the Seas Manifesto published earlier this year.

The article has been written by Bauhaus of the Seas Sails partners from IST including Nicholas B. Torretta, Mariana Pestana, Frederico Duarte, Cristiano Predroso-Roussado, Luisa Metelo Seixas, Valentina Nisi and Nuno Jardim Nunes.

The full paper can be accessed here.


In 2020, Europe announced the New European Bauhaus (NEB). While the initiative intends to achieve EU sustainability goals, framing it under the name of the Bauhaus brings various challenges and issues to the fore. In this article, we analyze the critiques of the original Bauhaus and the NEB to understand the challenges that the NEB lighthouse project Bauhaus of the Seas Sails inherits by adhering to the Bauhaus vision and name. We unveil the problematic dynamics of Eurocentric modernity’s myths of universalism and better living through technology and on the Bauhaus’s and NEB’s position in global power structures. Instead of assuming a tabula rasa approach and replicating problematic structures unknowingly, we bring these three aspects to Bauhaus of the Seas to find questions as orientation points to help steer away from problematic aspects inherited by reanimating the Bauhaus name and its legacy.