Residential | Public
Poznań | Poland
Concept | 2019
Master Thesis | Competition
SARP Honorable Mention in Thesis of the Year Zbyszek Zawistowski Competition
Blocks made of large slab significantly contribute to the current landscape of Polish cities.They have taken root in the minds of the inhabitants and it is hard to imagine majority of housing
districts without them. They became a monument of history.Attempts have been made to extend their lifespan. Examples from the west, including Germany, show that it is possible,
but technical conditions are not the only problem we will have to face.With time, the lifestyle and needs of people evolve. There are new trends in the society, that architecture must adapt to.
Homogeneous urban planning, all-encompassing gray and monotony are not a dream living environment. Now we have the resources and possibilities to change that.
Are housing estates from the last century able to keep up with changes, thus making centrally located areas in cities more friendly and open ?
In the era of growing awareness of the revitalization need and attention to sustainable resource management, the question is whether demolition of large slab is the only future alternative?
In my Master’s thesis, I would like to try reconciling ‘old and new’, creating a modern hybrid. City that adapts to what already exists and add a new value. This will create a mix of new typologies,
space that gains individual character – in accordance with the principle of ‘Do not redesign, but continue’. Just as once degraded post-industrial districts of cities are now becoming the most
desired real estate by developers (Łódź, Warsaw), working-class port houses, the most exclusive properties in the city (Copenhagen), so prefabricated housing estates also have the potential
for transformation. Instead of looking for their 4 walls, 30km from the Old Town, residents will be able to co-create vibrant city center.