Le Corbusier: Modulor



time: 26.10 - 29.11.2010
 Warsaw, Bęc Zmiana, 65 Mokotowska St.

Is it possible to decrease the dimensions of flats and improve the quality of life of their inhabitants at the same time? This question will be answered by the architect Jakub Szczęsny as well as Tomasz Gancarczyk and Piotr Fabirkiewicz, whose research stems from reflection upon rampant consumptionist appetite for space resulting from cultural traumas, fashion, commercial aesthetic models and TV series delivering expertise on the manner of habitation.

The issue of availability of flats has long occupied architects, urban planners and economists acting upon the assumption that thinking of cheap or less expensive houses is to begin with reflection on the needs of contemporary people. At the beginning of the 1980s marketing specialists, supported by their dependent architects, began to fulfill the main role in the reflection on habitation. Since then, the functional programme of new architecture has stemmed mainly from the willingness to maximise profit and the resultant knowledge of the needs of precisely determined target groups as well as the image of life, promoted by the media and pop culture, that these groups desire to lead in the houses and flats of their own.The exhibition comprises a spatial installation and projects for reduced habitation typologies.

Jakub Szczęsny – born in 1973. Architect, lecturer and curator. Studied at the Paris La Défense School, the Faculty of Architecture of ETSAB in Barcelona and at the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology. Member of the CENTRALA architectural office. Co-author of, among others, sports hall in Bieruń, temporary installation of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, interiors of the new Cervantes Institute in Warsaw and the architectural entourage of Polish video avant-garde exhibitions in Warsaw’s CCA and the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao. Lives and works in Warsaw.

Tomasz Gancarczyk – born in 1984. Architect. Undergraduate of the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology. Since 2008 he has co-operated with the architectural office CENTRALA. Lives in Warsaw.

Piotr Fabirkiewicz – born in 1985. Architect. Student of the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology. Co-operates with the architectural office CENTRALA. Lives and works in Berlin.

Synchronicity_3 is a project devoted to micro spaces and ways inhabitants of large cities use to synchronise their needs with the (im)possibilities of the existing status quo. 

The project is realised with financial support of the City of Warsaw.