Unexplored, dark and brimming with history – this is Wrocław’s district of Ołbin in a nutshell. Within it, seven gems of architecture and urbanism lie hidden. Will you be able to find all of them using just a map and some tips? Play the Archilade with us – an urban game in the Ołbin district, and help your team complete all the seven missions!

The CARDO Urban Studies Student Association would like to invite you to an unusual walk through Ołbin. On your way you will explore the most important buildings and park sites in the area. All children and their guardians will receive a special exercise book with stories and riddles, prepared by students of Architecture and Urban Planning of Wrocław University of Technology, which will provide a framework for the walk. Each stop along the way is a separate mission. The explorers will need to successfully complete between three and five tasks or drawing exercises referring to a given object within each mission. The tasks are intended to acquaint the players in an accessible way with the basic notions connected with architecture, its rules, visual design elements or historical values represented by a given place. The 90-minute walk will not only be great fun for kids, but it will also give them a chance to learn about the secrets of architecture while discovering fascinating stories hidden in buildings that we pass every day.

The walk with volunteer guides will last about 1.5 hours. Please bring pencils and coloured pencils with you – they will be necessary to complete the tasks in the exercise book.

The following students have been involved in preparing the Archilade: Joanna Baranowska, Katarzyna Chrobak, Karolina Gabryańczyk, Katarzyna Gomułka, Aleksandra Grzegorczyn, Agata Jakusik, Krzysiek Jankowski, Marta Lisiakiewicz, Magda Krukiewicz, Aleksandra Maćkowiak, Joanna Mansfeld, Mateusz Parużyński, Magdalena Sieczka, Natalia Świerczyńska and Ewelina Wiciak.

Text and coordination: The CARDO Urban Studies Student Association

The project has been selected in the DoFA’16 Open Call Competition.