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In the land of ice

28 of October '19

On October 18 this year, the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology hosted a lecture in the series "From Vision to Design." Dorte Mandrup talked about her studio's latest concept in a lecture titled "Conditions."

Dorte Mandrup is a world-renowned Danish architect and founder of the international studio Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter[info]. During the meeting in Warsaw, she told the audience both about her Copenhagen-based studio and, in keeping with the theme of the series, presented the latest project of the Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter studio, the Icefjord Center in the UNESCO-sanctioned Ilulissat region on the west coast of Greenland.

The center, which will tell the story of ice and man, will be a pavilion combining an exhibition space with a place for locals, tourists and climate change researchers. The building is intended as a tribute to the amazing, albeit harsh, nature of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier.

The event also featured the premiere of the book by the winners of the 2018 THEORY competition, as well as the final presentation by the winner of the 2018 PRACTICE Scholarship.

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Fundacji im. Stefana Kuryłowicza

The winners of the Stefan Kurylowicz Foundation programs, from left: Zofia Zuchowicz, Malgorzata Neumann, Agnieszka Dabek

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The winning essay by Małgorzata Neumann and Zofia Zuchowicz - "Terrain vague in Poland. The unobvious potential of abandoned areas - is a fantasy about the potential of familiar, useless places - closed factories, abandoned pegeers or disused railroad stations. The authors make an attempt to tame them, as they claim:

Understanding their potential is key to consciously guiding the development of the city. If they are recognized and properly used, they can gain cultural qualities and play an important role in the creation of urban space.


The jury of the PRACTICE 2018 Scholarship, consisting of: Aleksandra Wasilkowska, Przemo Łukasik, Dorota Szlachcic, Jakub Wacławek, Maciej Frąckowiak and Agnieszka Olędzka, awarded the PRAKTYKA 2018 Scholarship award to Agnieszka Dąbek 's project titled "Warsaw Branch."

In her concept, the author proposes a sociologically daring change in design thinking. Instead of enclaves for seniors or retirement homes, the author asks the question, "how can the urban agglomeration as a whole adapt to new needs?" - Aleksandra Wasilkowska stated.

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