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Dessau's Bauhaus: crumbling but still alive

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Having worked on an exhibition in Dessau's Bauhaus I do not share Martin Pawley's pessimism about it (AJ 25.1.01).

What is most obviously lacking in Dessau is tourism, though in most other towns we would be thankful for that! I am sure Pawley did not find the Rathaus, with floods of people buying in the modern shopping mall.

This does not come as surprise; for two months my colleagues and I passed by wondering what was happening inside it. He also missed out on Kiez, the cultural centre - a former architectural squat - while Dessau's surroundings are remarkable.

The Bauhaus, like most institutions, has had its political disturbances. However, while I was working there I saw many positive achievements by individuals working on various projects; it was not architecture, but somehow it felt quite unassuming and better.

True, the Bauhaus building is a ghost of its former self, but physically rather than metaphorically. I would recommend Pawley to visit the city in different seasons and explore the place by bicycle.

Malcolm Dickson, London

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