Wrocław, like many cities in Poland, still hasn’t returned to its pre-war housing density. The historical structure of the city which was ruined in 1945, neglected by the authorities of the Polish People's Republic for a long time, then underwent a period of "wild capitalism" and felt its consequences – has finally been destroyed. Large areas have lost their original functions, and the semantic message of architectural and urban planning has disappeared. Even in the city center, there are many places that thanks to a radical change of context have been degraded to the status of “non-places” - covered with random green, gaps in the buildings, trampled ground or wild car parks – results of wrong architectural decisions, fragments of an unfinished larger whole, degraded scraps once functioning as one urban body. On one hand they reduce the usable space of the city, on the other have a great potential that can be used for the development of local communities and to create a common responsibility for urban space.
By concentrating our activities on these areas, we want to draw attention to them and encourage their re-use. Architectural micro-interventions have been created by Magdalena Szwajcowska and Michael Majewski in order to show that a qualitative transformation of neglected places - changing their character and functionality- is possible with small financial impact and inexpensive materials.
Micro-installations have been created as part of the "Baza” project" run by the Wrocław Museum of Architecture within the frame of Archi-box.
Project: Magdalena Szwajcowska, Michał Majewski (studio no, www.studiono.pl)
Curator: Michał Duda
Organizer: Museum of Architecture
Partner: SARP Wrocław