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.

Modernism returned to Swiss architecture in an improved version, corrected by the negative experiences of the previous generations.

The purpose of the workshops held in Laznia CCA will be the recognition of the analytical design potential as well as finding the mistakes made within the process of planning and realisation of the Polish residential settlements of the “big plate” period, by the means of comparison with model contemporary Swiss designs.

Participation in the workshops is free. Enrollment will be based on applications sent to The application should include CV of the participant, portfolio with selected designs (not exceeding 20 MB) and a short statement justifying the will to participate in the workshop. The deadline for submitting the applications is 25 Oct 2009.

The list of participants will be published on on 6 Nov 2009.

Additional information about the workshops: Anna Szynwelska, tel. 058 305 40 50,

The project is supported by Swiss Foundation for Culture Pro Helvetia