Second conversations

edit. Ewa Dąbrowska, Irek Grin

10 €

The book in polish only

Second conversations is the next volume of the series Architecture is the most important after Conversations and Architectics of EMG’s publications. This time Ewa Mankowska-Grin talks to art historians and architecture critics. The topics discussed and considered include: urban chaos, responsibility for common space, landscape degeneration, ecology in design and urban planning.

Conversations with Marta Leśniakowska, Marta Omilanowska, Marta A. Urbańska, Grzegorz Piątek, Jacek Purchla, Roman Rutkowski, Kuba Snopek and Andrzej Szczerski again start with general issues to turn the discussion into a diagnosis of the urban and architectural situation of Poland based on detail and concrete. The view of art historians and architecture critics on the discussed issues in many cities differs significantly from the approach of architects, which we had the opportunity to learn in the first volume of the series.

Ewa Mankowska-Grin, without hiding her views, does not try to resolve this dispute by force. The point of view of both professional groups on the urban and architectural situation of Poland in 2017 is sometimes very different, although the theses are not always contradictory, more often than not complementary and prove the diversity of possible attitudes. Critics most often adopt a cultural and historical perspective in their considerations. They take us on a journey not only around Krakow, Warsaw or Wrocław, but also to small Polish towns and big world metropolises, brilliantly and easily moving around in the space of different cultures and different times.