OPEN POLAND – Architecture and Identity

A season of events exploring how contemporary architecture and urban projects are transforming Poland.

A recent project of Krier ∙ Kohl’s practice – the design for Specjalna Strefa Kultury, the master plan of the new cultural quarter in Łódź – features in the exhibition OPEN:POLAND: Architecture and Identity: A series of free displays that examine the significant contemporary buildings and cutting edge projects transforming Polish cities.

Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA Gallery 1 and Florence Hall, 66 Portland Place, London.
07 October 2009 – 25 November 2009.

Living Identity explores how, from ‚paradise‘ gardens in communist era housing estates to informal markets in empty stadiums, the adaptation of even the most anonymous buildings and spaces is transforming the fabric of Polish cities.

Constructing Identity examines recent Polish buildings and projects that draw on ideas of Polish identity and history, while adapting them to contemporary technologies and needs, from the new National Stadium in Warsaw to the Polish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Architects in Poland: Identity in Practice profiles eight Polish and international practices, highlighting the issues and experiences of working in Poland, through projects including housing, community centres, newspaper offices, museums and the new British Embassy in Warsaw.

OPEN:POLAND – Architecture and Identity includes work from architects, artists and filmmakers such as Medusa Group Architects, Paweł Althamer, Joanna Rajkowska and Heidrun Holzfeind, JSK Architects, Rob Krier & Christoph Kohl, WAA Architects, Marcin Mostafa, Tony Fretton, Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak, Krzysztof Ingarden, JEMS, JSK, Christian Kerez, Robert Konieczny and Daniel Libeskind/Studio Libeskind.

for more information: | OPEN POLAND Season [pdf]