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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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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It was supposed to be pretty

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„Pejzaż jest tu zwykle boleśnie monotonny. Nie jest spektakularny, ulepiony został z ciężkiej ziemi i obniesionego chmurami nieba. I jeszcze te wierzby, co płaczą. Taka sceneria daje złudną nadzieję, że nad krajobrazem można jakoś zapanować. (…) Bo skoro historia tyle razy nie pozostawiała nam wątpliwości jak bardzo jesteśmy nieistotni, to może chociaż litościwy, nienachalny pejzaż nam na to pozwoli. Staramy się więc krzyczeć, nic innego nam nie zostało.” („Landscape is in here painfully monotonous. It isn’t spectacular, was made out of a heavy ground and a sky covered by clouds. And these willows which weep. Such a scenery gives us an illusive hope that we are able to control the landscape. (…) That’s because the history convinced us many times that we are unimportant so maybe merciful, unintrusive environment would allow us to do it. We are screaming, there is nothing more left.”) F. Springer

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The hunger for honesty

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„Czy wschód słońca jest logiczny? Jest naturalny, a to lepsze.” („Is sunrise logical? It is natural and it’s better.”) F.L. Wright

„Form follows function”, „less is more” and other worn-out slogans for XXI century man, who knows perfectly that white is good, but a little bit boring, that’s why he paints his blocky house using peach paint, 100 years ago were a breakthrough. It is probably much more difficult to imagine than knights on their horses and princess locked in a tower, but, especially during the turn of the XIX and XX centuries in United States, people lived in neo-neoclassicist and neo-neogothic shacks. The man who made them stop it was the impious heretic.

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More is more

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„All problems can never be solved” P. Rudolph

People from First World countries love limitations. Following diets, constricting by minimalism and white walls. „A lot” means kitsch, unpleasant memory of cumulating useless stuff and a shining banner: „I can’t control myself”. We want to have little white houses and good simple life. I also want it, but hasn’t the modernism messed with our minds?

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