Participants: prof. Ewa Kuryłowicz, Zbigniew Maćków, Krzysztof Ingarden, Piotr Wróbel, Stanisław Niemczyk, Piotr Lewicki, Kazimierz Łatak, Jan Łaś, Dariusz Herman, Wojciech Subalski, Piotr Śmierzewski (HS99).

Moderator of discussion: Irek Grin

Architecture is the most important. The book consists of interviews conducted by Ewa Mańkowska-Grin with eleven outstanding architects.

The interviews’ order reflects the sequence of meetings that the author held from October 2014 until mid-2015 with Zbigniew Maćków, Piotr Lewicki and Kazimierz Łatak, Krzysztof Ingarden, Piotr Wróbel, Jan Łaś, Stanisław Niemczyk, Ewa Kuryłowicz and Dariusz Herman, Wojciech Subalski and Piotr Śmierzewski (HS99).

The starting point for each of the talk as well as a repeatedly coming back theme during each of them was inspired by reflections of the author's father, prof. Tomasz Mańkowski and an attempt to answer fundamental questions about the contemporary landscape, about the condition of architectural profession, its social and cultural role, the place of ecology in design, the continuity and quality of practicing architecture and its future.

Ewa Mańkowska-Grin uses the principle of "sociological survey" and by asking her interviewers the same, very general, as it would seem, questions, has convened a kind of consilium made of eminent representatives of contemporary architecture, provoked to present common, and yet each time a different diagnosis of the state of today’s human environment and their responsibility for this state. They were asked to reflect on the quality of our natural environment and thus the quality of life of AD 2015.

Along with the interlocutors, while symbolically visiting Wrocław and Lower Silesia, Kraków and Malopolska, Podhale, Upper Silesia, Warsaw, Koszalin, as well as ancient Greece, Rome, contemporary China and Japan, Mańkowska-Grin searched for answers to basic questions about the contemporary architectural landscape of Poland, about legal and organizational framework within which architects move architects, about the concept of common space, and even about personality and mentality of Polish people - those representing developers’ business and those who have decided to live in closed settlements, those who thoughtlessly leave villages for the city, and finally those who put bright houses along main roads.

Architecture is the most important. The interviews open an EMG series dedicated to architecture related, various issues.

The series is dedicated to prof. Tomasz Maśkowski, architect, who died in 2012.

Author of the book: Ewa Mańkowska-Grin - painter, owner of EMG publishing house.

Text: Ewa Mańkowska-Grin

Illustration: EMG own materials