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Berlin: “Fokus: Architektur”

March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

fokus architektur berlin



in English

Participants: Matthias Einhoff (ZK/U Berlin), Zbigniew Maćków (Maćków Pracownia Projektowa Wrocław), Agata Twardoch (Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice)

Moderation: Aleksandra Kędziorek (independent researcher and curator)

Although there seems to be nothing more conservative in architecture than the form of housing, the issue of Affordable living space still remains unsolved. Looking from the perspective of contemporary Poland, with its rich pre- and postwar social housing heritage, the roundtable discussion aims at analyzing the current situation and possible future scenarios. How can the theories and experiences of pre- and postwar architectural avant-garde inform contemporary building practice? What impact has Poland’s socialist past on people’s Living habits and openness to alternative forms of dwelling? How can the housing policies influence the shape of contemporary urban space?

Matthias Einhoff

A co-founder and director of the Center for Arts and Urbanistics (ZK/U), an interdisciplinary hub for urban research and artistic practice in a former cargo-station in Berlin. He is leading the development of artistic and research-based projects at the interface of urban discourses and local practices. As a founding member of the artist collective kUNSTrePUBLIK, he is working as an artist, curator, researcher and activist. /

Agata Twardoch

PhD, Eng. Arch., is an architect and urban planner, assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the Silesian University of Technology, member of the TUP (Polish Urbanist Association). She co-runs design studio ( Her main field of scientific interest is affordable housing and alternative forms of residence. She conducts research, open lectures and design workshops. She writes for architectural magazines, designs public spaces, architecture and interiors.

Zbigniew Maćków

Founder and CCO at Maćków Pracownia Projektowa (est. 1995 in Wroclaw). Main projects: Renoma Department Store, Integrated Tram Station, Sports Hall in Bytom, Faculty of Law and Administration. Notable awards: ‘Life in architecture’ – architectural prize, four-time finalist of World Architecture Festival, ‘Best Public Space’ of Silesian Voivodship, prize of the year SARP, Polish nomination and shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe Award, final ECOLA Award, Gold Medal Leonardo Award. President of local Chamber of Architects (2010-2018), visiting teacher at Wroclaw’s Polytechnic Faculty of Architecture, University of Wroclaw, Solvay Brussels School (1998-2008). Co-initiator of the Nowe Żerniki – new model real estate in Wroclaw (2011-), curator responsible for architecture at the ECoC Wrocław 2016. Currently founding and leading ‘Gęsto’ – architectural think tank dealing with new housing typologies
and urban sprawl.

Aleksandra Kędziorek

An art and architecture historian and a curator. Her major research and exhibition project was dedicated to the legacy of Oskar and Zofia Hansen, and resulted in a touring exhibition presented at MACBA in Barcelona, Serralves Museum in Porto, Yale School of Architecture, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and National Gallery of Art in Vilnius (2014-18). She has also curated exhibitions, screenings and seminars on modern architecture at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, La Loge in Brussels and Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm, among others. She co-edited the volumes Oskar Hansen – Opening Modernism: On Open Form Architecture, Art and
Didactics (with Łukasz Ronduda, Warsaw 2014) and CIAM Archipelago: The letters by Helena Syrkus (with Katarzyna Uchowicz and Maja Wirkus, Warsaw 2019).


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