Category digital media

Reshaping historical cities after 1945

Kołobrzeg, a popular seaside resort in Poland: streetscene taken in the historical core of the town. After 1945 siege of Kołobrzeg, almost all buildings in the prewar downtown were torn down, with some isolated “historical monuments” preserved only. How Polish socialist state of 1944-1989 engaged space of recently taken German cities to create narratives for the […]

Kalisz: notes to the digital map of the 1914-burned down town

Paint-like-colours: – Red: public buildings – Pink: parish buildings, churches, synagogues – Yellow: residental blocks – Violet: factories – Navy blue: garrisons – Brown: city villas Public gardens marked in bottle green; gardens – in grass green. Prosna ant other rivers marked in blue.  

Prewar Warsaw

From “Warszawa 1935” digital movie scenario of prewar Warsaw, released this month. Fascination of unpresent architectural landscape, culture and the myth of 19th. century “Belle Epoque” city.

Kalisz Municipal Palace: reconstructing the lost landmark

Municipal Palace in Kalisz, around 1900. Photo from an old calendar.  Three years ago I started my historical research on City Hall, other words, Municipal Palace, built between 1888-1890 in Kalisz. At the time it was frontier, regional capital city in Polish Kingdom, or the western provinces of Russian Empire. Today Kalisz, considered to be […]

After the City

After the WWII, Warsaw downtown was a ghost city. Urban pattern of the 19th. century metropolis, where a facade of tenement house or apartment block was the main architectural sign of the every street, has been changed dramatically since 1939, when the war erupted. In the postwar reality modern planning with highways, estacades, skyscrapers and […]