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Transformation Station Scans

Plastic arts projects as a tool shaping the spaces of post-war housing developments in Gdansk

Plastic arts projects as a tool shaping the spaces of post-war housing developments in Gdansk

Lectures by Dorota Kucharczyk and Katarzyna Lincer

October 9th, 18.00, European Solidarity Centre

Housing needs in a post-war period were great in Poland and even greater in Gdansk. Przymorze and Żabianka, two of the first great housing developments in Gdansk were a kind of testing ground for new architectural and town-planning solutions. Combined forces of architects, urban planners and visual artists created bold projects: not only in the architecture field but also in terms of housing development space management. The core of realisation of these projects was concept based on interaction between buildings, small architecture or leisure space. The humanization of housing developments, especially those built after the Second World War is the main thematic axis of a lecture by Katarzyna Lincer and Dorota Kucharczyk.


Katarzyna Lincer is an Arts history student at the University of Gdansk. Her BA thesis on monumental art in works of Barbara Massalska was written under the supervision of Jacek Friedrich Ph.D. Currently she writes her master’s thesis on artistic decor and furnishings of interiors of Tricity’s eating places in Polish People’s Republic period, under the supervision of Hubert Bilewicz Ph.D. Her academic interests are focused on issues concerning Polish post-war architectural painting, art pottery and so called little architecture in urban layouts. She participated in the lecture about the works of Barbara Massalska (Günter Grass Gallery in Gdansk, November 2014).

Dorota Kucharczyk is art historian, researcher in the fields of urbanism and contemporary architecture (especially post-war). She finished postgraduate studies on Revitalisation of Urban Areas in Architecture Department of Gdansk University of Technology. She wrote about Polish post-war architecture (to be published). She is also a city guide and a culture animator.

The lecture will take place in cooperation with European Solidarity Centre as a part of Alternativa Foundation activities: Transformation Station Scans.