For a few years historic urban policy of Gdansk has been gathered mainly around two most important museum ventures which were supposed to become a peculiar materialisation of Gdansk cultural heritage. A European perspective-marked narrative based on two great events of 20th century lies at the core of this concept. It seems however that there is no place in such a narrative for cultural heritage embedded in urban structure of Gdansk downtown ensemble. It is this very structure that not only influences local entity of Gdansk citizens the most, but also has the biggest impact on their quality of life. The existing architecture discourse in Gdansk has been based on dualistic argument between “tradition” and “modernity” reflecting the pre- and post-war division. Today we clearly see the gaps in such reasoning. What follows is the need to reinterpret our thinking about cultural heritage embedded in urban structure of Gdansk downtown ensemble. It may serve as a foundation to map out the new, more mature historical policies of Gdansk, and, as an additional effect, its new land management.
Łukasz Bugalski —architect and urban planner, doctoral student at City planning and regional planning department within Architecture Department of Gdansk University of Technology. In his research he focuses on cultural heritage embedded in urban structure of cities and its impact on setting their new development directions. Currently he writes his Ph.D. paper under the working title: “Ring development concepts in urban structure of contemporary Polish cities”.