The fourth edition of the international project Fresh Design – Young Europe about design just took place in Wroclaw. The exhibition presenting the results of the workshops will be soon opened in Wroclaw. Vernissage is taking place on 16 June at 18:30 in CRZ Krzywy Komin.
This year edition was organized by the Foundation Open Mind, together with the partner – Department of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology, and co-financed by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and the Municipality of Wroclaw. The project partners are: CRZ Krzywy komin, GrupaKreatywni.pl, Betard and Vantage Development.
On May 13-22, students from all over Europe came to Wroclaw for the multidisciplinary design workshops with the general theme “River: Connections” to face the challenge of reconnection of the Oder River with the rapidly developing and modern city of Wroclaw – the capital of Lower Silesia.
Participants who came from Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Turkey and Poland, worked in 5 groups under the guidance of graduate students of the Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology, each group had unique opportunity developing their ideas with own tutor, among them award winning designers and architects working in the field: designer Robert Majkut, and architects Dorota Szlachcic, Grazyna Hryncewicz-Lamber, Jacek Wiszniowski, Jan Dowgiałło and Anna Zawadzka from the Warsaw studio MECH.build. Each group was focusing on the concept of modernization of selected Wroclaw riverside areas. Mentoring of the workshop was led by representatives of the Faculty of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology – Dr. arch. Anna Anna Bać and arch. Piotr Michalski.
A particular value for the project was an open discussion with the owner of Poland’s first house on water, Mr. Kamil Zaremba, the head of foundation onwater.pl and Coordinator for the River by the City of Wroclaw Mr. Piotr Misiak. During the debate a whole range of issues related to the past, present and future of the Oder in Wroclaw has been raised: from the history of development of river infrastructure to the current technological solutions, cooperation between the city and the inhabitants in the process of developing of Wroclaw waterfront areas. In the framework of cooperation with the Foundation Open Mind and Foundation Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, multimedia installation LUNETA 2016 next to Wroclaw Główny Railway Station virtual meeting of residents of both cities on water – Wroclaw and Berlin took place. In Berlin we had a chance to meet Mr. Uwe Rada – a well-known writer and journalist from Berlin and the founder of the famous Berlin’s initiative Flussbad Berlin, Mr. Jan Edler. In Wroclaw, special guest, Kamil Zaremba from Foundation OnWater.pl appeared in a company of Fresh Design participants. The meeting was conducted by the previous edition participant Martin Schinagl from Berlin.
Workshops has concluded on May 22 at Wroclove Design Festival venue – the biggest festival of design in Lower Silesia. Each of 5 groups presented their design concepts of development together with their tutors and supervisors. Presentations of the projects were observed by the, audience, professors and students of architecture department of Wroclaw University of technology. The event was highlighted by the lecture of Uwe Rada, who came to Wroclaw to take part in the event, his lecture “What Oder do we want” was gave inspiring historic background to the modern concepts of development of river side areas of Wroclaw, especially since half of the participants came from German.
After all, the results of the work will be presented and discussed at the universities throughout Europe and in Turkey. Presentation and open discussions concerning the implementation of the projects results with urban activists, architects and designers and above all with residents, will be taking place in Wroclaw in the nearest future. Details will be coming soon!
Exhibition of the above mentioned project results consisting of posters, models, videos and visualizations and photo documentation of the workshops will be open to the public until 15 July, at CRZ Krzywy Komin in Wroclaw, ul. S. Dubois 33/35A in Wroclaw.
Fourth edition of Fresh Design – Young Europe for design, was organized by the Foundation Open Mind, together with the partner – Department of Architecture of Wroclaw University of Technology, and co-financed by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and the Municipality of Wroclaw. The project partners are: CRZ Krzywy komin, GrupaKreatywni.pl, Betard and Vantage Development.