Monthly Archives: January 2013

Historiography of modernism and the Otherness

There are many sins of omission in our history of architecture, seen as practice of shaping cultural identities and social awareness. Among many cases I would like to stress situation of architecture called “modern” – postwar, mostly 1945-1949 and 1955-> (with interlude called “social realism”). Modernism in postwar Poland has been recently an area of […]

“Your paper got…

“Your paper got accepted! Your article won an award! Your book will be published! Having friends click “Like” on Facebook when you trumpet your own successes may be the best you can hope for.” (…) “I have heard from pre-tenure friends at small private colleges and fancy-pants research universities that they have annual performance reviews […]

Light, water and social change – “The House of The People” in Uniejow

Uniejow, Warta river and the unfinished House of the People, 1942 / Courtesy Muzeum Rzemiosła Tkackiego w Turku (Turek Museum), “Archiwum Igły”.  In the late 1930s. Uniejow, a small town located in western part of Poland, still has the same appearance like in the last days of Russian rule, around 1914. This medieval city, located […]

On Methods (1). A remark on social theories of space.

When we use urban space in our everyday life, we rarely consider it as an architectural/urban environment, where mixed forces and efforts, very often contradictory, take place – shaping what we used to call “the city”, “the suburb” or “the countryside”. Urban culture and lifestyle are dominant in the iconosphere and imagination of Western modernity […]

Searching for fragments: modernity and time

To start with this vintage postcard from a nonexisting city is like to say “welcome to the forgotten land”. Forgotten, or just unexplored? Welcome to the ArchitecturalHistoriesPoland, blog dedicated to wide-range, sometimes randomized, but always important themes connected with society, architecture, history and scientific research dedicated to urban environment in Poland, European Union. Mostly, I […]