Who is creating the public space, who needs this space, who would use it? The answer narrows down to the people. The area of relations between the residents, the local government and the designer might make creative battlefield for better city. The future user of the place must have the feeling that he is part of the creation process. In this case the public consultation must appear as the creative workshop of all involved stakeholders, which brings the brief, but also contains more precise solutions to the expectations of future users.
The biggest question mark now is about how public space should be developed and adapted to the contemporary threats and limitations. Is still the public space open?
Michal Gdak (b. 1980, Poland) majored in Architecture at TU Delft in the Netherlands, the Vitus Bering University College in Denmark and the Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland. He also studied sculpture at the Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts and the UPV Faculty of Fine Arts in Valencia. He worked for OMA and collaborated with Inter. National. Design. Participant of numerous exhibitions and workshops. Laureate of numerous competitions in the fields of art and architecture. Italian Design School coordinator at the Institute of Design Kielce, where he runs the Public Space Studio since 2013. Member of the curatorial team who represented Poland at the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice. The co-winner of the Good Design Award of the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw for the Urban Lounge. In his works, he combines fascination with design and skillful balancing on the edge of art and architecture. Design is for him improving the quality of life and shaping the conscious of the contemporary world. Art is for him work in the field of aesthetics while asking important questions. It is extremely important for him to focus on the context of the place and create public space together with their future users.