A few days ago we announced the winner of the PRACTICE Scholarship competition edition 2021/2022. However, we must arm ourselves with patience - we will see the awarded project only in autumn - according to the rules of the competition, the winner will have until September to develop his concept. What we can reveal now, however, is that after lengthy deliberations the jury awarded the scholarship to Cezary Adamowicz, author of the project "STOCZNIA SYSTEM".
In this edition, organized by the Stefan Kurylowicz Foundation, the PRACTICE Scholarship competition was divided into three stages - in the first, the applications were evaluated on the basis of the submitted portfolios. In this way, the jury selected eighteen participants who took part in a two-day "Workshop with a Mentor" in Gdansk. In the next stage, five finalists were selected from the proposals developed at the workshop: Maja Karoń and Dominik Sędzicki, Marek Grąbczewski and Kamil Kajdas, Maria Jankowska, Paweł Bussold and the aforementioned Cezary Adamowicz.
Final works of the PRACTICE 2021/2022 Scholarship
left: proj.: Maja Karoń, Dominik Sędzicki; right: proj.: Marek Grąbczewski, Kamil Kajdas
The task faced by the participants of the second stage was to find an idea to improve the quality of the indicated space - a complex of halls and slipways in the former Gdansk Shipyard. The co-organizers of the "Workshop with a Mentor" were the Architect of the City of Gdansk, the Department of Architecture at the Gdansk University of Technology and the owner of the development area, the Synergia 99 company.
final works of the PRACTICE 2021/2022 Scholarship
left: proj.: Maria Jankowska; right: proj.: Paweł Bussold
The jury composed of: Aleksandra Wasilkowska, Dorota Szlachcic, Jakub Wacławek, Maciej Frąckowiak, Konrad Grabowiecki, Agnieszka Olędzka, Prof. Piotr Lorens, Iza Burda, Marcin Goncikowski, Prof. Ewa Kuryłowicz, Prof. Lucyna Nyka and Tomasz Sowiński, rated Cezary Adamowicz's work the highest.
The "STOCKYARD SYSTEM" project by Cezary Adamowicz is an extremely interesting and coherent continuation of the idea of the tradition of the industrial heritage of the Gdańsk Shipyard," reads the justification of the jury. - The author thoroughly analyzes the shipbuilding process and the industrial character of the shipyard's construction and architecture. He bases his project, in the form of a catalog of systemic solutions, not only on the characteristic features of the production system, such as modularity, flexibility and repetitiveness, but introduces additional pro-social elements of the structure, such as micro-entrepreneurship, in which it is the collective that has an impact on shaping the space around it. The micro-entrepreneurship element brings to mind the emancipatory ideas of Solidarity, which unleashed grassroots social energy based on cooperation and collaboration.
The judges also appreciated the author's reference to the intriguing industrial landscape of the Shipyard full of machinery, cranes and scaffolding structures, as well as the laureate's multifaceted and interesting voice in the submitted work.
...and some theory
Parallel to the PRACTICE Scholarship competition was the THEORY competition, in which the jury, consisting of: Ewa P. Porębska, Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Grzegorz Piątek, Jacek Purchla, Bogna Świątkowska, Piotr Sarzyński and Marta A. Urbańska awarded the prize to Anna Jaruga-Rozdolska for her work "Mimesis," which will soon see its bilingual publication.
The work "Mimesis" takes up the subject of the virtual world and its consequences for architecture, a very topical subject , especially after two years of pandemic forcing the transfer of life from real to digital space . [...] The topic has been, is and will be exploited, but because of both the scale of the phenomenon and its constant flow and development, any reflection is valuable as a record of the state of affairs. This one is all the more important because it iselegantly and lucidly framed - in terms of style and illustrations, the author's surreal graphics - justifies its selection by the jury.