Images of Podkowa Lesna by Magdalena Prosinska
The architectural styles and their detail define the character of a historic town. In most of the Polish towns the detail is in danger of disappearing. This part of historic heritage is endangered the most and generally regarded as less important. New building technology and market pressures incline the historic properties' owners into replacement instead of repair of original features. This heritage is a link of the garden-city communities to their cultural history. The detail crafted by trades people is an important part of architectural history of Poland. It defines the character of architecture from the 1920-30s, when Polish national style in architecture was created, and can be an inspiration for contemporary design. Loss of this heritage, through gradual erosion, thoughtless and inept repairs and "improvements", will empty the garden-cities of their genius loci.
The objective of the project is to document endangered detail, highlight the value, beauty and environmental economy of repair and recycling of architectural detail, raise awareness of importance of this heritage, focus attention of the local communities and authorities on the importance and beauty of this unexpectedly fragile heritage. The organizers also want to reinforce the discussion about the link between historic preservation and ecology. The subject of Polish national style in architecture will be the main subject for discussion.
In 2005 and 2007 workshops documentated endangered architectural timber detail (in cooperation with the Preservation Trades Network, www.ptn.org).
In 2008 we will undertake a workshop to document endangered architectural detail (including both Polish National Style and some characteristic early Modernist architecture).
When: September 5 - 15 September 2008
Where: Garden-City Podkowa Lesna, Warsaw area, Poland
Joanna Dudelewicz, conservationist, Ministry of Culture
Magdalena Prosinska, INTBAU Poland
Edyta Supinska-Polit, Warsaw University
Consultant and co-author: Misia Leonard, Preservation Trades Network
Who should attend:
Students, specialists and inhabitants from Podkowa Lesna, Milanowek, Brwinow
and other green towns from the neighborhood
Anyone interested in Garden Cities and green towns
The workshop in September 2008 is organized by INTBAU Poland in partnership with Podkowa Lesna Centre for Culture and Local Initiatives.
Themes for documentation of architectural detail
Measurements, use, materials, history (history of aesthetics, style, developing
technologies, materials and tools), assembly, installation and preservation issues
The results of the workshop will be presented to the local community and the town authorities during two guided tours on 13th and 14th September 2008 during the Open Gardens Festival in Podkowa Lesna (see: Open Gardens Festival/Program/Podkowa Lesna).
The workshop in 2008 is a continuation of the project from 2005 and 2007. The materials collected during the workshop, together with the materials the previous years will be used for a publication of a small catalogue/guidebook for 1 day tour in the garden-city: "Podkowa Lesna, Museum of the XX Century Architecture". The guidebook will be prepared in November/December 2008.
In the future the materials will be used for other publications:
The materials collected during the workshop, together with the materials the previous years will be used for a publication of a small catalogue/guidebook for 1 day tour in the garden-city: "Podkowa Lesna, Museum of the XX Century Architecture". The guidebook will be prepared in November/December 2008.
Architectural detail: Guidelines for preservation of the style and character of Podkowa Lesna garden-city, conservation and new investments
If you are interested in participating in the workshop in September 2008, or would like to know more about this project, please have a look also at Open Gardens Website www.otwarteogrody.pl and contact:
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