The trial version

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Last years of continuous changes have taught us that many things are simply unpredictable. Functional or aesthetical durability is now measured not in decades or centuries but in several years periods to minimize cost of eventual defeat. New strategies of designing and planning are in trial stage. They need to fulfil all the needs here and now but in case of their revision easily disappear or transform. An example which is worth to follow is Marineterrein in Amsterdam.

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The trial version

Project vs reality

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Every human individual is a seperate individual: has various characteristics which basis is hard to define: genes, environment, culture, religion. But even our hairy ancestor realized that it is worth to sacrifice this independence in favor of safety and would’t get eaten by wolves. This reevaluation led us to living in herds, which we still practice, but it pinches us more and more. It is time to remember that in wild forest there is no help for rebels.

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Project vs reality

The palpable history

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There is a period in Polish history, which absurdity was more burdensome than funny, people trained their patience standing in lines and skillfully minimized their needs convincing themselves that it actually not that bad, but probably only not to go insane. Ubiquitous mediocrity made all designing and building processes much harder, cleverness was a basic requirement of an architect. How to do SOMETHING out of nothing, continual cooking „soup nothing” (polish name of sweet soup on milk with sugar and vanilla), which wanted to be similar to modern ones and even okay to eat. And what? They managed to do it.

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The palpable history

The Dutchman syndrome

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An old Polish saying that we can’t dicuss tastes, senses of style, is probably one of the most defensive sentences human invented. We can’t discuss which means that we have to accept all these plastic flowerpots looking like Corinthian capital, peach plaster on public buildings and bowers from OBI. We shrug our shoulders, well, someone may like it. I recommend visit the Netherlands to change your minds.

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The Dutchman syndrome

The small gestures

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„Festive architecture” takes delight in museums, concert halls and office buildings. It is designed by most popular, used by minority and turists are taking there numbers of photos where they are posing with smile and pride that they have a chance to be in such wonderful, important place. They can also touch a brick or a fragment of window to feel almost like participants in this piece of creation. And that’s pretty all.

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The small gestures