Architecture enthusiasts, especially fans of modernism, will meet on 6-9 September 2018 in Gdynia during the 8th Weekend of Architecture. Thematic walks, lectures, debates, workshops, and even film screenings were prepared by the organizers of this year’s edition of the event.
Cooperation is the motto of the 8th Weekend of Architecture.
Without it, it is difficult to imagine effective operation of architectural design studios, effective implementation of ambitious plans for development and revitalization of cities and districts, or implementation of advanced projects in the public and private sector. It would be impossible without cooperation of residents, urban planners, architects and community workers,” says Jacek Debis from the Gdynia Development Agency, which is the co-organizer of the Weekend of Architecture.
Two lectures will be devoted to the concept of cooperation in the process of creating modern architecture. On Sunday, 9 September, speakers will discuss examples of cooperation in the field of Gdynia architecture. On 7 September, they will present examples of cooperation in the architecture of the Second Republic of Poland.
The Gdynia event will host eminent architects and experts in modernism, who will address various issues. On 7 September, Kazimierz Butelski will talk about “Humanitarian architecture in Polish and Chilean perspective.” Grzegorz Piątek will present the topic “How Warsaw discovered that it can have public space”, Michał Stangel will focus on “Public space – participatory design”, Maria Piradoff-Link will discuss “Life among buildings – Creative Banker.”The special guest of this year’s Weekend will be the Polish architect, Prof. Ph.D. Boleslaw Stelmach, who will give a lecture on “Time Notations. Theater under construction” on 9 September (Sunday) 2018. At the end, the speakers, as well as invited experts and architects will jointly consider the problem of participatory design of public space in the city.
Some of the lectures devoted to the architecture of interwar modernism will take place in the historic building of the Consulate of Culture, i.e. the former Seaman House. The building from 1936 has been modernized recently and is to be the centre of cultural events. It was designed by the Warsaw architect, Stanisław Płoski, to the order and from the funds of the Swedish institution – Care for Swedish Sailors.
An important point of the Weekend are thematic walks, which are a perfect complement to the lectures, as they allow you to look at the buildings often discussed during the event. Modernist buildings will be guided by architects, experts in Gdynia and modernist guides. The official opening of the “Weekend of Architecture” will be performed by arch. Grzegorz Mika during the walk in the footsteps of the fertileness of Warsaw architects in Gdynia. This year, the participants will visit, among others, the architecture of Oksywie, modernist roofs and terraces, Gdynia villa-apartment architecture and will see examples of combination of architecture with crafts. The lectures will be complemented by film screenings – Citizen Jane. Fight for the city, Barbicania, Great Architecture (Big Time), Havana – art of building ruins, New Frankfurt (Bauhaus Edition).
An important point of the program is the urban-architectural debate on modernization of post-war architecture organized jointly with Biennale Traffic Design (8 September, 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m.).
The Weekend of Architecture is organized every year by the City of Gdynia and the Gdynia Development Agency. Admission to events is free of charge. The participants of the lectures are only asked to notify of their presence online.
Detailed program of the 8th Weekend of Architecture in Gdynia.