The lecture will deal briefly with the postwar history of architecture in Poland and its contemporary reception. For many years the postwar architecture had been forgotten, omitted, ignored. Outstanding buildings created as a symbol of (socialist)power became unwanted witness of the unwanted history.
Nowadays, the postwar heritage foster new complex narratives. Many iconic structres have disapeared or lost their meaning and beauty, but many survived and create the city tissue.
The presentation will focus on various problems, among others:
- Postwar history of architecture
- Iconic buildings/iconic ruins - between recognition and destruction
- Postsocialist heritage - preservations concepts
Aleksandra Sumorok: PhD, art historian, lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.
Her research focuses on the 20th century history of Polish architecture and interior design. Author of many articles and the book: Architektura i urbanistyka Łodzi okresu realizmu socjalistycznego [Architecture and urban plannig in Lodz of the socialist realist period].