This project started on invitation from ‘Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Rozwoju Ursusa’, local entrepreneurship association in Warsaw to develop a strategy for ‘industrial future’ of the site. This collaboration comprises of two elements: Firstly, 2nd year Master of Architecture students were invited to the city (accommodation, food and partly transport was paid by our host) to spend 2 weeks there, working with local businesses (also in collaboration with local University) to collect data necessary for the project and to understand a wider context.
Secondly, based on collected data (interviews, pictures, drawings, maps etc.) students have been working the whole academic year to produce urban strategies – creating strategic visions for Ursus development (term 1) and building proposals (term 2 and 3). Projects produced by students were exhibited at Warsaw University and in a Local Council. The project (projects) will be used by ‘Stowarzyszenie…’ to convince the Warsaw City Council to keep and develop an industry existing in Ursus district. An article about our project was published in a big Polish newspaper.
Tutors: Bob Brown (Tutor) and Krzysztof Nawratek (tutor, project leader, M Arch Program Leader)
Students: Anna Berger, Damien Bulman, Evangelia Charalampous, Cho Chua, Thomas Ford, Daniel Green, Konstantinos Ipeirotis, Olga Krolak, Alexander Lloyd-Murphy, Ian McNeill, Isla Melville, Maria Michail, Xenofon Moraitis, Sarah Morgan, Suzanne O’Donovan, Theodora Papanastasiou, Sotiria Sarri, Antonios Seferlis, Charlotte Shobrook, Anastasios Siakotos, Sophia Souglidou, Christopher Turner, Stephen Walrond.
Research Questions: What are the alternative models to neo-liberal regeneration strategies that respond to changing ecological, economic, social and political contexts? / What are the opportunities for re-industrialisation of the city and what forms might they take? / What is the political context of projects and how can we use this to support delivery?