Back to the City
Festival Warsaw under Construction 3
The main exhibition is titled “Back to the City” and was shown in the spectacular Parachute Hall at Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). The main building of SGH together with its hall was designed in 1924 by architect Jan Witkiewicz Koszczyc and accomplished right after the World War II. Its architecture is unique and is an unrivalled example of a model public use building. For the exhibition “Back to the City,” three towers were constructed – each of them being dedicated to one of the problems the festival attempts to address. On each tower the visitors could find materials prepared by think tanks set up by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.
Was complemented by lectures and workshops. A prominent American architect of German origin, Helmut Jahn, talked about his project for the Potsdamer Platz – a public square in downtown Berlin, criticized by some but praised by others. What is interesting – unlike the Parade Square (Plac Defilad) in downtown Warsaw – the Potsdamer Platz was accomplished in only a few years and according to a meticulous plan.