Abstract:The design hypotheses have developed an idea of residential building that proposes a principle of adaptability and flexibility for the construction of residential spaces and settlements.
In this connection, the study focused attention on the Japanese tradition of building and housing.
The Japanese housing tradition becomes a chance to develop a comparison intended to help regenerate and renew the compositional mechanisms that characterize the contemporary culture of habitation and housing design.
Abstract:The story about my own Home in a downtown multifamily residential (building) in Warsaw began at Hoża street in 1973. At first there were unrealistic and therefore media-based study visions, titled “Open-air museum – Centre”, subsequently in 1985 a (solidarity) housing cooperative was established by the employees of Warsaw University of Technology, a project which was completed within the studio of the Faculty of Architecture, and finally it all ended up in a housing estate in a compact downtown (housing) development with 180 individually designed apartments, 4 green, pedestrian courtyards and an underground parking for 150 cars. From 1990 we have lived in a real, friendly community, whereas the neighbourhood revived thanks to tens of restaurants and cafes. The situation now seems similar to that of my vision from 1973. Botton’s motto turned to be real.
Abstract:The need for originality in art and architecture has replaced the need for beauty. Somewhere close to these categories, there is also a category of the need for spatial order as opposed to diversity. These issues can be seen in the project of an architectural event: The Children’s Village in Oświęcim; International Collaboration Project.
Abstract:The house – an unusual object in the city, taking many forms relating to either the material or the spiritual realm. The house – a place to live. Longed-for security refuge, family memories, goals, ambitions, and everyday life, which we share with the loved ones. The house – a place of rooted culture and traditions, usually handed down from one generation to the other. The place where the householder is the cause of life and the sense of the building because the house is a place living in the rhythm determined by its owners. A place where the sound of steps is not anonymous, where every kiss and “good morning” create an anticipated atmosphere. A place of ongoing conversations at the table, it is also a corner with the comfortable chair, a picture on the wall, telling its own story.
The house is a witness of the city’s history, shaping its culture. The historic character of the house is the living proof of its roots in the urban space. It’s a showcase of the architect – the creator, and the supreme memory of his work.
Abstract:The subject matter of this paper is modern large-scale architecture considered in the context of densely urbanised landscape.
A study in the United States, among them in New York, allowed the author to see in reality the objects previously known only from illustrations. The intellectual stimulus for the publication prepared for the 15th conference “DEFINING ARCHITECTURAL SPACE ”, which took place in 2016, were houses in New York and their architectural properties.
Abstract:Polish society is rapidly aging, the same as in Western Europe. The problem seems to be very serious because so far, in our country, the way to ensure a good quality of living for old people was not found. The article presents an alternative way of living for the elderly, referring to the Scandinavian tradition of cohousing. A cohousing community is an environment with high utility values and an atmosphere, which helps to improve interpersonal relations and the space where its residents can fulfill their needs.
Abstract:People expect houses to feature recognisable and familiar formal elements. During Modernism, the design of houses has often turned into an exercise of abstract formative art. This is why modern architecture has largely lost the understanding and acceptance of the general public. The emotional needs and expectations of the users should no longer be abused as test-beds for abstract formal experiments.
Abstract:I show only two relevant examples I hope will be meaningful, in which the theme of the residence was and is protagonist in the building of the twentieth century city. Le Corbusier’s Petite Maison, the most modest of its houses, but I think the most loved and the most redesigned by the author, and Gardella’s House in the Park, which has been and still for many of us is a valid reference in building urban architecture, are two examples I would say almost poor in their consistency, if compared to the plethora of aesthetic construction of these last few decades.
But it is the contemporary condition that should lead us to see, starting from works like these, the research opportunities for a different project and a different sensitivity approach, that can deal with the contemporary reality of the places.
Abstract:The development of methods for designing a modern housing environment is associated with the risk arising from the uncertainty. Risk identification and assessment are the key elements in the search for innovative design solutions. The paper presents the main areas of risks occurring within the scope of residential environment design. The methods for minimizing the risks and opportunities to improve the quality of housing architecture based on the environmental approach are identified.
Abstract:Religious houses have changed their function over the years of their existence. The Juvenate House of the Pauline Fathers in Krakow is a case in point. The paper presents the transformations the house has been through over a period of 80 years. Although it has always been the Order’s property and built for the purpose it has basically served since then, modern times have called for alterations. They result from economic reasons, the residents’ needs and heritage protection requirements. Yet, the object can be said to have an identity irrespective of time, epoch or style.