Hamer Center Scholar Mahyar Hadighi Presents at International Conference

Hadighi, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Architecture, recently presented a paper titled “Bauhaus Internationalism to College Town Modernism: Exploring Bauhaus Culture in Hajjar’s Hybrid Architecture” in the 18th international conference of CAAD Futures held in Daejeon, Republic of Korea (June 26-28, 2019). Selected papers were published separately as a book, and his paper was among them: Lee, Ji-Hyun (ed), Computer-Aided Architectural Design “Hello, Culture.” Singapore: Springer, pp. 429-443, 2019. This paper was co-authored by Jose Duarte.

CAAD Futures 2019 group photo of the conference

CAAD Futures 2019 group photo

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to analyze William Hajjar’s single-family houses in State College, PA, and compare them with the European modernist work of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in the United States. This analysis is performed using shape grammars as a computational design methodology. Hajjar was a member of the architecture faculty at the Pennsylvania State University, a practitioner in State College, and an influential figure in the history of architecture in the area. Shape grammars are used specifically to verify and describe the influences of Bauhaus/European modernism on Hajjar’s domestic architecture. The focus is on establishing Hajjar’s single-family architectural language and comparing it to the architectural language of Gropius (Gropius-Breuer partnership) as the founder of the Bauhaus architecture and a prominent practitioner in introducing European modernism to American architecture students in the mid-twentieth century like Hajjar.

The full paper can be downloaded from: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5571eeb7e4b0c5ac026f75a8/t/5d2606bd092db4000164e85d/1562773186858/Bauhaus+Internationalism+to+College+Town+Modernism-CAAD.pdf

Research and travel were partially funded by the Hamer Center for community design.

About the Author

Lacey K Goldberg
Lacey Goldberg received her MLA in 2014 and is presently working on her dual-title Ph.D. in Architecture and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment, both from Penn State. There, she works as a researcher in the Hamer Center for Community Design and as an instructor in Landscape Architecture. Lacey’s graduate work has focused on the visual impacts of energy development, specifically natural gas extractive industries, and their effects on the scenic and cultural landscapes of Pennsylvania and other locales. Her current research focuses on utilizing crowdsourced data and developing procedures for integrating visual and cultural resource conservation into regional scale landscape management plans.
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