The capital city of Poland was one of the most tragic victims of the Second World War. The architects and urban planners made use of a tragic paradox – the destruction of the city was used to improve the living standards of its future residents. They managed to work out an idea of the city that not only performs central administrative functions but has successfully regained its residents, obtained a new architectural face, and become a truly green city. The lecture will draw a picture of a local post-war debate about the urban development of Warsaw and the role of the center of the reconstructed city versus today's urban sprawl. Nowadays, the modern city created in post-war reconstruction is not responding to the needs of local communities. Warsaw would need to shape well-functioning local centers. The process requires special care and attention, as it should be addressing a variety of issues, from accessibility for all types of services and workplaces by social groups, to climate change.
Tomasz Fudala (b.1980) is an art and architecture historian and curator based in Warsaw. He works at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. He is a curator of the Oskar and Zofia Hansen House in Szumin (2018) and WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION FESTIVAL (2009). He also curated several exhibitions, seminars and public programs on modern and contemporary architecture. His writings have appeared in Domus, Artforum, Odra, Obieg, CzasKultury, and Autoportret. He has received the Jerzy Stajuda Prize for Art Criticisim (2017) and SARP Bene Merentibus Medal in recognition of his contribution to the development of Polish Architecture and the Association of Polish Architects.