It can be perfectly observed in Wrocław – where urbanism has entered Odra’s islands and its meanders - how important the impact of the river on architectural and spatial structure of the city is. Normally, we perceive a river as a creation decorating the city and yet its natural landscape that influences its structure, not vice versa. Our cognitive workshops organized on the board of the Odra FOMT Museum will enable children to discover this simple change in perception. Above all, it will be possible to look at a particular type of architecture - hydraulic structures and other industrial facilities whose functionality is inextricably linked with the river.

During our 2-hours workshop children aged 8-12 will rediscover the city. We will show how the space has changed as a result of regulation of the river. WE will talk about importance of downtown mills located in the city center of Wrocław. We will present many pictures and short archival films, responding to the questions such as: what are locks, dams and hydroelectric power plants? And why they were built. We will talk about ports and shipyards that existed and still exist in Wrocław, about naval transport associated with Odra since the Middle Ages.

In the second part of the workshop children will teach us what the city would look like - if the role of Odra and its inland is strongly integrated with the urban space of Wrocław, how to highlight it in currently developed landscapes including walking boulevards and marinas. Their task will be to design “Wrocław on Odra” , a city which is inspired by its river, where architectural space id open to the river’s space. By creating works of art (sketches, drawings) and during the summary of activities by presenting their work in front of a group - the little creators will become creators of a new reality, constructors of a new architecture of Wrocław on Odra.

Text and tour by: Wioletta Wrona-Gaj, FOMT

Photo: Wioletta Wrona-Gaj, FOMT