A house in a city : properties of an architectural thing : monograph. Vol. 6 = Dom w mieście : właściwości rzeczy architektonicznej : monografia. Tom. 6

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Project: multi-family house

Tulkowska-Słyk, Karoliina
Fragment of a book
2016
The character of residential multi-family accommodation is influenced by, among others, spatial, functional, and architectural conditions. At the design stage we take into account both the investment guidelines for the structure of the housing, as well as the formal requirements arising from the local zoning plan or spatial development conditions. Another issue is the compatibility with building law regulations and the rationality of the construction process. It is undeniable that the final architectural result is influenced by many circumstances delimiting the creation of the project. Within the same location and the identical formal requirements and investment assumptions it is possible to introduce projects of different character and style, which meet the expectations of different customers.

The architecture of residential buildings in Poland during the transformation period

Tokajuk, Andrzej
Fragment of a book
2016
In the transformation period in Poland we can find many significant examples of residential architecture both single-family houses and residential (multifamily) buildings. In the article the author attempts a synthetic analysis of the evolution of residential building architectural forms in Poland after 1989. Based on the analysis of a few hundred housing projects, the author identifies the main – in his opinion – trends of creating the forms mentioned above, the ideas of design of these buildings and elements of their architecture – the architectural game. The creative attitudes and projects presented are not a closed list, but will be completed during subsequent research.

Surreal houses

Szpakowska-Loranc, Ernestyna
Fragment of a book
2016
The article analyses chosen examples of contemporary city houses related to the movement of Surrealism in the arts. In the scope of the research have been introduced: built objects, designs of architects claiming to draw inspirations from Surrealism, designers applying methods of Surrealist artists in the process of creating “architectural objects”, and architects commonly described as Surrealists. A background to these visions was the fact that Surrealists recognized the home as a metaphor for the human psyche, and the city –a space of endless possibilities.

House / not-house – in search of a contemporary model

Skaza, Maciej
Fragment of a book
2016
Witold Rybczynski, discussing once the issue of comfort, pointed out that the development of an idea of a home is independent of a constantly changing model of living. According to this statement, the architectural form depends entirely on the idea of the design, not technology or variable function. Today, we can find a number of examples of homes which present an image of current design tendencies in this field. Houses, palaces and castles coexist in the same space. The main distinguishing feature of contemporaneity is the variety of forms, ideas, patterns of habitation. Today, architecture is looking for new means of expression, sometimes drawing from a vocabulary of forms not used before in this area. This trend has raised the concerns of Léon Krier who, criticizing contemporary reality, named it “false pluralism”. Is this right? These considerations constitute an attempt to answer this question.

Homes of un-will

Setkowicz, Piotr
Fragment of a book
2016
The export of attractive ideas, including the innumerable conceptions of the city, home and place of residence, seems to be a “field” which is in no danger of experiencing the crises that appear to afflict Western civilization. Political upheavals, economic stagnation, confusion in the sphere of axiology and identity as well as a loss of faith in one’s own potential – do not concern architecture which is created for the needs of the rising powers. And although western thinkers no longer openly support the “modernist” belief that architecture is capable of transforming almost every aspect of human life, yet a conviction as to its momentous role is to justify the moral compromises associated with working under the patronage of an authoritative power. The processes of globalization, which are apparently beyond our control, the free market economy and post-modern pluralism in the shaping of homes and cities – are to guarantee a gradual weakening of every form of undemocratic rule. Unfortunately these hopes turn out to be quite illusory.

Different façades of the modern house and its openness toward the landscape in a post-colonial city in Southern Africa

Rynkowska-Sachse, Anna
Fragment of a book
2016
The aim of this article is to draw attention to the problem of contextual architectural design of a house in a multicultural society in a postcolonial city in Southern Africa, and the need to search for a way of integrating its inhabitants within its structure. This problem is illustrated in the example of modern single-family houses located in Windhoek in Namibia, in neighbourhoods with different socio-cultural and economic backgrounds. With the analysis carried out in the context of field research, it shows that an immense knowledge of the context ‒ its culture, history and society – can reveal information that is relevant and inspiring in the process of shaping the house and the degree of its openness toward the environment in a multicultural society.

On the tropical house

Pieczara, Marta
Fragment of a book
2016
The elementary function of a house is to simply provide a human with a shelter from intruders, from excessive sun as well as from inhospitable weather conditions. Such primary meaning of a house remains nowadays most legible when we look at primitive huts built by jungle tribes or at provisional homes of refugees, who sometimes choose to settle in hard-to-reach places for security reasons. Being a simple response to the local climate conditions, the traditional houses of the world’s different regions did often become the first seeds to create and develop a unique building and decorative art, intriguing by means of its aesthetics and allowing harmonious settlements and towns to be formed. Resulting from a pragmatic approach to the design, the features of vernacular building styles did sometimes infiltrate into contemporary architecture, supplying such important trends as modernism or critical regionalism and remaining a source of inspiration for their representatives.

A house as the presentation of self in everyday life

Opałka, Piotr
Fragment of a book
2016
In his theory of “the presentation of self in everyday life”, Erving Goffman, an American sociologist, takes an insight into society and human behaviour, comparing them to predefined roles and a theatrical scenario. In light of this concept, the image of a house that reflects the ambitions, expressions and self-creation of its users might be one of the media serving this description. The metaphor of theatre contributes to the description of these mechanisms through which house dwellers, and, within a broader framework, the residents of districts and cities, put on their respective masks.

The aesthetics, utility and beauty of the accessible city house – chosen designs and constructions – 2010 to 2015

Olenderek, Maciej
Fragment of a book
2016
The article describes designs and constructed accessible city houses. The compilation consists of low-energy houses for the average client and presents the difficulties the architect has to overcome meeting the requirements of the accessible city house concept. The article focuses on creating city structures with the use of small accessible or tenement houses with similar programmes. The designs described are an attempt at creating a set of rules which the architect and investor have to follow unquestioningly if they want to build houses for the average client.