The International Conference SAL 2017: Structure, Architecture, Landscape will be held from November 21 to 22, 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.
The “2 in 1” international joint conferences addressed to the students and postgraduate students of architecture, landscape architecture and spatial planning. SAL 2017 provides an ideal academic platform for researchers to present their recent works and thoughts.
The common topic linking the two conferences are architectural
interventions in the existing landscape with regard to the principles of
sustainable development. The conferences cover such areas as:
– Modern structural solutions for architecture,
– New challenges and recent trends in architectural design,
– Cultural heritage and landscapes for future.
For more information, please visit www.instructa.pwr.edu.pl
On 11th May 2016 in the MiserArt Gallery in Wrocław took place the opening of an exhibition Living Murals („Żywe Murale”), where the students of the Faculty of Architecture from Wroclaw University of Technology presented their works relating to social exclusion and homelessness.
Guests of honor: Vice President of Wroclaw, Mr. Adam Grehl, President of St. Brother Albert’s Aid Society, Mr Aleksander Pindral, Head of the Division of Entrepreneurship Support in the Municipal Office of Wroclaw, Ms. Laura Pieńkowska and many other persons from the municipality and NGOs that are involved in mitigation of the problems of exclusion in an urban space.
Fot. Agnieszka Wolska
The exhibition was opened by Mr. Andrzej Ptak, the host of MiserArt and the author of the Living Murals concept. Vice President Adam Grehl expressed his satisfaction and congratulated the gathered the magnificent initiative. Then one of the homeless took the floor, stressing the need for mutual respectful relations between people. Professor Alina Drapella-Hermansdorfer, the head of the Department of Environmental Planning and Design, emphasized the growth of social exclusion and the role of architectural and urbanistic researches in this field. On this background, cooperation with MiserArt seems to be a valuable part of the future architects’ education, because it draws attention to the little-known problems and requires empathy in design. Various forms of exclusion have become topics of both Master theses and doctoral dissertation of Agnieszka Wierzbicka – one of the organisers of the event , therefore the exhibition is a prelude to further cooperation. Then the hosts invited the audience to visit the exhibition and selection of works, which should be developed further.
The participants had an opportunity to compare over 50 posters showing the concepts of adaptation for 3 different courtyards in Wroclaw: in the area of Łokietka, Rydygiera and Cybulskiego streets. The purpose of the competition was to create a space, which might be temporarily used by the homeless, while serving the residents of adjacent buildings. The theme is exceptional and has spawned some fresh ideas concerning exclusion. The discussion will be continued among the homeless on Monday, May 23rd in the headquarter of MiserArt.
It is due to a lucky coincidence that the Summer School of Architecture 2015 will take place at Wrocław University of Technology in the run up to the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Polish science in Wroclaw. It is both a time of memories and summaries, as well as making plans for the future. In the first decades after the war the mission of the Faculty of Architecture concentrated on the reconstruction and rebuilding of the city, whose centre was ruined in nearly 70%. This goal was achieved, as evidenced by the appearance of the contemporary Wrocław.
However, challenges posed by the 21st century that are faced by architects are no less daunting than those that were undertaken by the predecessors years ago. The 1999 Beijing Charter at the XX Congress of the UIA pointed out: Over the past century, the world has turned into a very different place. Yet one thing remains the same: we architects are again at a cross roads as a world profession. Currently we may conclude that none of the Millennium Development Goals has been achieved to the extent in which it was assumed. One-third of urban residents in developing regions still live in slums, the number of homeless and unemployed is rising and the “concrete jungles” of nowadays metropolitan areas have become a decisive factor in how people perceive their relation to the nature.
Obviously architecture is not able to save the world, but it certainly has to fulfil a very important role in shaping a built environment in the manner which is friendlier both for people and the planet. Sustainable architecture, sometimes referred to as “green”, is born from the empathy and reverence for the humans as well as other living creatures. It applies modest means to achieve significant targets. Nevertheless, the concept of sustainable development is primarily related to a specific model of life, which has become the subject of research, teaching and practical applications at many universities affiliated to the ISCN – International Sustainable Campus Network.
Organizing a Summer School in the jubilee year for the Faculty of Architecture
in Wrocław, we would like to invite our guests to discuss how to transform our universities into ones more eco-responsible and “green”. We will consider these issues on the example of the FA campus, which will be the subject of the common brain storms, studiesand projects. I believe that it will be inspiring for all of us.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Wrocław
WrUT. Uilding E1, Faculty of Architecture,
Ul. B. Prusa 53-55; 50-377 Wrocław, Poland
Dr Michał Pelczarski