International Biennale of Architecture

CONNECTIONS — The Town and the River


8-9 October 2019
International Biennale of Architecture
Kraków, Poland

City of Krakow and the Association of Polish Architects Krakow Branch cordially invite to take part in the International Biennale of Architecture in Krakow, whose next edition (MBA Kraków 2019) shall take part on the 8th-9th October 2019 at the ICE Congress Centre.
Biennale is an event taking place since the year 1985. The title of this year's edition of the Biennale is "CONNECTIONS — The Town and the River".
As the role of the historic European city centres changes, from an industrial base to a recreational, cultural and educational role, the situation of the urban rivers changes as well. The Vistula River running through Kraków, was once the central artery of transportation for the urban economy. That has changed. The river now gives the city a major recreational quality, with calm waters and green banks. Could this relationship between the city and its river now be reinterpreted, be given a stronger connection, a boost with new facilities, some new life and new functions, a new significance for the whole urban environment?
The Old Town of Kraków is still dominated by the mighty Wawel castle, towering over the river banks. North of the Wawel hill, the town centre, with the grand public space Rynek as its centre-point, is contained within the boundaries of the old fortifications. This area, Planty, was turned into a lush urban park in the early 19th century. When this encircling park reaches the north side of Wawel and it is close to the river, for some reason it misses the connection. Could this area along the northern bend of the river, next to the castle, be ‘the missing link’ for the town, where the Old Town could meet the new recreational resources of the river and the historic significance of the castle? Could this area, between Planty and Vistula River, be where the 13 million annual visitors to the city could find new and exciting facilities, and where inhabitants could have an experience completing the urban narrative?
This area, squeezed in between the Old Town, the castle and the river, may give an opportunity to find some answers – through the uses of urban design, architecture and design – to some of the challenges that are raised. For new decades, with growing concerns for the environmental balance, with more frequent river flooding and also more emphasis on green and blue recreation, the connection between the town and the Vistula River could challenge a new generation of architects and designers to rethink their roles in historic urban development.
As part of the MBA Kraków 2019, three competitions have been planned:
1) Competition A – architectural and urban competition
2) Competition B – seminar competition
3) Competition C – multimedia competition
Organisational structure of the MBA Kraków 2019 is as follows:
– Curator of MBA Kraków 2019: Peter Butenschøn / Norway
– Commissioner of the MBA Kraków 2019: Marek Kaszyński
– Commissioner of the Competition A: Marcin Włodarczyk
– Commissioner of the Competition B: Marta A. Urbańska
– Commissioner of the Competition C: Paweł Wieczorek
– Secretary for the External Affairs: Katarzyna Głuch
– Secretary for the Internal Affairs: Benita Strzałka
– Organizing Committee: Bohdan (Biś) Lisowski, Krystyna Łyczakowska, Mateusz Smoter, Marcin Ewý, Maria Gratkowska, Tomasz Jałocha
More information on the MBA Kraków 2019 to be found at: Detailed information about competitions coming soon!
Questions regarding general organisational issues should be addressed to the SARP Office Kraków Branch:
Stowarzyszenie Architektów Polskich Oddział Kraków
Plac Szczepański 6, 31-011 Kraków
tel.: +48 12 422 75 40,
Questions regarding organisational issues of competitions A, B, C, should be addressed at the respective Commissioners:

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