A house in a city : properties of an architectural thing : monograph. Vol. 5 = Dom w mieście : właściwości rzeczy architektonicznej : monografia. Tom. 5

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City as a house? Biophilic implications

Modrzewski, Bogusz
Fragment of a book
2016
Home is the place for satisfying biological and existential needs, rest and recovery. Therefore, it never meant, a sole physical “container”, but rather one of the most important centre of living existential space, within the whole system of concentric centres of “concretization of value”1. After all, even the road, a contemporary symbol of progress, investment and economic development, should end with a return to home. The modern house and the apartment are often more a product than an archetypical space of rooting. In house-products it is plan and interior that are increasingly important, but the (real or created marketing) view outside, the image, and the image of architecture. Do these houses co-create the city? The extension of house-products becoming a space outside – perhaps even an entire city. Can it become, again, a new home?

‘Playing dice’ – a void and fill-in. A study of the urban design of a town house

Mikielewicz, Renata
Fragment of a book
2016
A quotation from Herbert’s poem became a starting point to reflections on the significance of a townhouse as the substance of the urban design of a city. The importance of the replacement of the buildings, their homogeneity or heterogeneity urges an analysis of the different ways of using house design, and its influence on the development and the reading of the urbanity of space. Especially tenement houses, such as in Łódź, come to be the rightful element of the urban game – in the role of an object filling the space or extremely present through nonexistence. The author tries to establish the influence of such an intimate and private space as home on the public space of the city.

On radical houses

Mielnik, Anna
Fragment of a book
2016
The inspiration for the following considerations is the architectural and theoretical output of Oswald Mathias Ungers, an architect who specifically emphasized the need for order in architecture. Two projects for housing in the city by him have been chosen examples of architecture subjected to strict rules of geometry. Geometry is treated as the force organizing reality. This imaginary, abstract world of Ungers’ is materialized in physical structures, and can be considered as proof of long-lasting value of architecture adhering to the stringent rules of composition.

A house in the city – in the context of secession aesthetics

Malzacher, Maria
Fragment of a book
2016
A new image of the house in the city is presented against the background of the Secession aesthetics as a manifestation of new attempts, concepts and modernist trends in early 20th-century architecture and denial of the stylistic principles of jaded historical forms of art. The search for a new expression of buildings and achievement of “architectural unity” indicate the dualistic challenge of creating a form oscillating between utility and aesthetics. The means of expression of the Secession aesthetics associated with the aspects of visual perception, as carriers of ideas, symbols and semantic connotations in the creation of new transformations of the architectural urban space are analysed on the bases of selected examples: houses in cities and towns of autonomous Galicia.

The untraditional town house

Magdziak, Monika
Fragment of a book
2016
How to combine the desire to live in the bustling centre with the dream of a home atmosphere, freedom, peace and quiet, which living in a single family home gives? The most creative designers are able to use the narrowest gap between buildings, on rooftops, backyards, on abandoned land and bring out the unnoticed potential of unappreciated and forgotten places. New homes constructed in such places are often very far from the mould of a traditional house. At the same time, they are searching for space, privacy and a homely atmosphere. Sometimes they pretend there are none and stand facing away from the street; at other times they attract attention with their unusual architectural form.

Simple houses that build the identity of the town

Łodziński, Piotr
Fragment of a book
2016
An inevitable process, which today affects small towns in the Podlaskie region, is the replacement of the traditional architecture with a new one. Towns succumb to the dominant trends, which go from the town centre to the province and slowly lose the towns’ characteristics. The aim of the article is to show an example of simple residential architecture of historical-cultural values, which make the identity and character of a small town in the Podlaskie region.

Celibate houses

Kubec, Jan
Fragment of a book
2016
The Culture of Objects – this part of European urban space, this ‘world of objects’ that is (…) filling European figurative culture, represents one of the most evident features of our epoch (B. Secchi)1. The sprawl of objects creates a space, increasingly difficult to penetrate despite its openness: a panorama of solitude. The landscape after Modernity is characterised by the growing autonomy of buildings. All of them, not only monuments, stand autonomously and generate in their numbers a ‘landscape of objects’, which is the ultimate characteristic of the contemporary physical world. If we recognise this phenomenon of ‘objectification’ as a cultural state of the contemporary world, architecture in particular should come to terms with it.

House in the city at the beginning of the contemporary period. The case of the new town in Szczecin in the half of the 19th c.

Kozłowska, Izabela
Fragment of a book
2016
Between 1845 and 1873, Szczecin was extended by a fortified district of the New Town Neustadt with a new type of residential development – bourgeois tenement house mietshaus, mietskaserne. The preserved buildings of the New Town is an illustration for a certain stage in the process of finding a new definition for a dwelling house in the city, taken in Europe in the first half of 19th c., when the old structure of the city began to transform to the contemporary city.

New housing estates in London – identity of habitation

Jóźwik, Renata
Fragment of a book
2016
The article presents proposals of research on the newest, selected housing estates in London – their specific place identity and architectural context. The described buildings and housing complexes were the subject of systematic field research in 2011–2016. On this basis, an attempt was made to formulate a paradigm of contemporary living space, while referring to the traditionally understood “domesticity”, social needs and housing policy in London.

Habitat as a territorial form

Januszewski, Wojciech
Fragment of a book
2016
The territory forms the relation between spatial arrangement and social structure, and thus constitutes the “social logic” of a space. Three main stages were distinguished in the discussion on the transformation of urban form: the city itself as a territorial form, the search of an alternative to the urban space, and finally the research of the habitat.