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Main prize for "Extra Muros" in the 8th edition of the Stefan Kurylowicz Foundation's Theory competition

14 of April '21

We know the results of the eighth edition of the Theory competition organized by the Stefan Kurylowicz Foundation. This year the main prize went to Marcin Kitala and Zygmunt Maniaczyk for their work "Extra Muros," which is a vision of sustainable tourism in relation to IT culture. The jury also awarded two honorable mentions.

The Stefan Kurylowicz Foundation's Theory Competition has been organized for eight years. Through it, the Foundation wants to support young architects and promote innovative projects.

Our goal is to support innovative-minded, ambitious young people who propose bold and at the same time socially responsible architectural work. We promote architects who are attentive observers of contemporary reality and adapt their work to the needs of users," says Prof. Ewa Kuryłowicz, Chairwoman of the Stefan Kuryłowicz Foundation Council.

sustainable tourism and information culture

This year's winner is the work "Extra Muros," which addresses the relationship between sustainable tourism and IT culture. Its authors are Marcin Kitala and Zygmunt Maniaczyk. The jury, consisting of Ewa P. Porębska, Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Grzegorz Piątek, Jacek Purchla, Bogna Świątkowska, Marta A. Urbańska and Piotr Sarzyński, argued their decision in the following way:

Extra Muros' work raises the very topical issue of tourism, which until a year ago was one of the main factors of development, and at the same time a threat to our cities. The global crisis - a pandemic - has put us in an almost Socratic situation: we know that we know nothing about the future. However, the authors have made an effort both to diagnose the state of tourism before the catastrophe, to describe the status quo, and to attempt predictions. They postulate a revival of tourism aided by online information, virtual reality, and the discovery of close surroundings, to arrive at a balance between the need for freedom and environmental responsibility. In addition to an intriguing topic, the work has the great plus of somewhat abstract, charming illustrations. It also has a beautiful conclusion: "By generating a microcosm driven by human dreams, we are laying the groundwork for the formation of the multiverse - a reality that draws on every richness and respects all beauty.

two honorable mentions

In addition to the grand prize, the jury also awarded two honorable mentions: First Degree for the work "Modernist Avant-Garde to the Culture of Capitalism, as an inspiration for shaping the vision of the city of the future" by Karolina Szczygieł, and Second Degree Honorable Mention for the text "How women teach us space..." by Nikolai Twardowski.

As every year, parallel to the Theory competition, the Foundation decided the Practitioner Scholarship competition. This time the winning entry was "Plastopia" by Sandra Przepiórkowska. The Foundation announces that the result of both competitions will be a book, which will be published in the fall.

elaboration: Katarzyna Domagała

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