Monthly Archives: October 2009

22.10.09

ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOPS: MODERNISM – BETWEEN BIG PLATE AND MINIMALISM

19-23.11.2009

Five-day workshops aim at confrontation of Polish modernism of 60’s-80’s with contemporary Swiss modernism. Workshops will be conducted by architects working for renowned Swiss offices, Piotr Brzoza and Piotr Fortuna (e.g. Herzog&de Meuron) and lectures will be given by prof. Wiesław Anders (Gdansk Technical University, Architecture Department), Jacek Friedrich (Academy of Arts in Gdansk, Gdansk University), Matthias Heinz and Mathias Stocker (pool Architekten, Zürich), Daniel Kiss (ETH Zürich).

Regardless of significant spatial and time distance, contemporary planning designs realized in Switzerland show strong conceptual and morphological resemblance to Polish residential settlements which were created between 60’s and 80’s. Architects who worked on development of Zürich-Affoltern could benefit from the historical experience, unlike their Polish predecessors in the 70’s. It was the period when architectural and city-planning thought as well as construction technologies underwent subsequent phases of development.