The large scale mosaic hidden in an abandoned swimming pool and a huge space which was occupied by an outdoors model of Rataje on Piastowskie Estate became an inspiration for 19 artists, architects and activists. On April 19 we are launching the "Mosaic of Memory" project, which is an effect of a two-month course at the City Academy conducted by Malta Foundation. The participants of the academy dedicate the project to history, architecture and the inhabitants of the Piastowskie Estate. During the two months of the project the artists will collaborate with the inhabitants in view of transforming several forgotten spaces into meeting places. Will the mosaic get a second life beyond the walls of the swimming-pool?
Once a symbol of progress and a source of pride, the housing estates of Poznań seem to have become just gatherings of people, their glory days over and forgotten. Senior inhabitants complain about the deteriorating estate infrastructure and the disintegration of neighbourly bonds, while the younger ones think that the estate has no character and there is nothing to do there.
From a contemporary perspective one may appreciate the urbanist thought put into the great panel building estates. They were a response to the huge demand of new housing, and the distribution of the residential buildings and other facilities is functional to this day and makes the estates a comfortable place to live in.
One of such estates is Osiedle Piastowskie - the oldest and the biggest among the estates of Rataje. It is to this estate that the project "Mosaic of memory" is dedicated. The project looks at the estate not only from a historical and urbanist perspective, but most importantly, at its image enshrined in people's memories. For three months nineteen artists, animators and social researchers – participants of the City Academy – watched and listened to the life of Piastowskie Estate. They walked along the Warta River, talked to the inhabitants and the representatives of institutions and cooperatives, they pored over the pages of the City of Poznań Chronicle dedicated to Rataje.
When they researched the history of the estate they realised that the place is marked with the phenomenon of disappearance – disappearance of greenery and venues which used to be meeting places where neighbours were able to bond.
We wish to invite the inhabitants of the Piastowskie Estate to join us in action on Thursday 19 April at 18:30. During the meeting at the Dom Kultury "Na Skarpie" the participants will share their inspirations and plans for the coming months. There will be an opportunity for an active conversation during the walk on the estate with a architecture critic Kuba Głaz on Monday April 23 at 17:30 (start: the concrete square where the model of Rataje used to be, by the Królowej Jadwigi Bridge).
The "Mosaic of memory" will include the following projects:
IN THE SCALE OF THE ESTATE
authors: Natalia Czarcińska, Olga Koczorowska, Agata Oleynova, Natalia Wisłocka
dates: 23.04, 1.05, 8.05, 15.05, 22.05
The open air model of Rataje was constructed in 1970s. It was a part of the Sports and Recreation Centre by the Warta River, the memory of which is a source of nostalgia for many inhabitants. The project will make the square a place of meetings between neighbours and a great space for intergenerational initiatives.
authors: Agnieszka Dubilewicz, Dominik Dziedzina, Jakub Karczyński, Magdalena Koczewska, Tymon Maćkowiak, Ewa Wojtysiak
dates: 19-20.05, 26-27.05, 2-3.06
You can still find some edible plants on the Piastowskie Estate. They are the remains of the agricultural plots of the Bulgarians who lived on the estate in the first half of the 20th century. Currently, the plants may be found not only outside the buildings, but also in the staircases, in special greenery enclosures. The authors of the project wish to introduce greenery to a disused location on the estate - a flat concrete area, known to the inhabitants as "the skating rink".
MOSAIC OF MEMORIES
authors: Maja Geryszewska, Katarzyna Nowakowska, Lidia Ostrowska, Maria Ratajczak, Anna Romuk-Wodoracka, Tytus Szabelski
dates: 7-11.05, 12-13.05
The housing estate had an indoor swimming pool, which had been frequented by the inhabitants and the pupils from the nearby sports school since 1975. A new swimming pool is to take its place, but one thing will not be restored for sure - a mosaic which adorns a vast area of the wall of the old pool. The project aims to save some fragments of the mosaic from being destroyed and to use them in an alternative way.
authors: Mateusz Kalinowski, Katarzyna Kozanecka, Anna Rysmanowska, Monika Wójtowicz
The Piastowski Shopping Arcade has great potential, which was proven in 2012 by the inhabitants themselves when they categorically opposed its demolition for the sake of construction of new blocks of flats. The authors of the project harness this potential by creating "Common Places" in one of the abandoned venues and endowing it with visual identification.
The project is financed from the funds of the City of Poznań in partnership with Osiedle Młodych Housing Association.