WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8
“Home at Last”: The Polish House During the Transition.

  • WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8

“We are home at last, a home of our own. Don’t be idle, don’t wait around. What should you do? Join in and help!” exclaimed famous actors from television screens, after the cabinet of Tadeusz Mazowiecki took office.

It was the time of the Balcerowicz Plan implementation. The quoted statement was about erasing the border between the government (them) and the public (us) – now we were all supposed to come together and build capitalist prosperity.

The home, of course, meant Poland. However, the transformation has brought a literal realization of the slogan – indeed, many of us moved into homes of our own. After years of living in identical “cubes” of the Gierek ­era, we finally had a chance to make our dreams come true: a dream of moving into a single ­family house, typically in the suburbs.

Finally. We were impatient. After years of waiting for an apartment, living in cramped flats, made of factory ­produced concrete panels with all their faults, we had had enough. Enough, also, of each other: of the overcrowding, the social mix, the acoustically troublesome presence of others.

At home, our own... We bought a plot of land, we built concrete fences. Other people like us moved in next door. We took out a loan to buy a house in one, or, increasingly, in another currency. We furnished our interiors according to our aspirations, our status and cultural norms. We sat down on the couch.

At the time, we lost the beginning of the slogan: “We are.” We traded that for “I am.” Perhaps even for “I have.”

But do we actually own the house? Is a house purchased with loaned money one’s own? Why does home ownership often imply connecting to the global financial system? Why does it come with uncertainty and fear? Why did property become such an important indicator of status, and taking out a loan, the measure of civic maturity? What mechanisms were at work in the construction of the middle class? What material was used to build it, and what practices and dreams shaped its interiors?

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Archival Events from that cycle:

19:00 Vernissage Exhibition openingHome at Last: The Polish House During the Transition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
17:00 Discussion Home at LastA debate opening the festival
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Workshop with an architect THE CASE OF THE CITY. THE APARTMENT PROJECT Workshop with an architect
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
10:00 Workshops My home, my asylum. Living comfortably Children's workshop
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:00 Workshops LIVING TENDENCIESWorkshop for high school students
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:00 Workshops My home is my refuge. Living comfortablyChildren's workshop
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:30 Lecture Let’s talk about garbageWARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Meeting TRANSFORMATION AS A VECTORED PROCESS - Autoportret promotional eventWARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:00 Workshops My home, my asylum. Living comfortably Children's workshop
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:30 Lecture POLISH MANOR HOUSEWARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Walk MIRACLE IN PRAGA. NEW COUNCIL HOUSINGMaterial walks #1
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Meeting point of walk #1
ul. Jagiellońska 47, Warsaw
12:30 Workshops My Home, Our CityOpen actions for children
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided tour in English of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour MEETING AT THE EXHIBITION: Olga DrendaIn cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8” Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Workshops A RECIPE FOR A HOMEFamily activities
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:00 Seminar THE CASE OF THE CITY. DEVELOPERS, COOPERATORS AND ALLOTMNENT GARDEN OWNERSIn cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8” Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Workshop with an architect THE CASE OF THE CITY. THE APARTMENT PROJECT Workshop with an architect
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
10:00 Workshops My home, my asylum. Living comfortably Children's workshop
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:30 Lecture Meeting with Mateusz HalawaIn cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8” Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:30 Lecture DO WE NEED SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES?WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Walk POLISH NOTTING HILL (KABATY)Material walks #2
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Meeting point of walk #2: Metro Kabaty
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12:30 Workshops HOUSES CHANGING IN TIMEOpen actions for children
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided tour in English of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour A MEETING AT THE EXHIBITION WITH THE DISPLAY’S ARCHITECTSIn cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8” Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Workshops A HOUSE MADE TO MEASURE!Family activities
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:00 Seminar THE CASE OF THE CITY. HOUSING TODAY - A STUDY OF THE PROBLEMIn cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8” Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Workshop with an architect THE CASE OF THE CITY. THE APARTMENT PROJECT Workshop with an architect
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:00 Workshops My home, my asylum. Living comfortably Children's workshop
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:00 Workshops Living TendenciesWorkshop for high school students
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour A MEETING AT THE EXHIBITION with Paweł Gawlikowski
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:00 Workshops My home, my asylum. Living comfortably Children's workshop
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:30 Lecture VISIBILITY NORMS. OBSERVATIONS ON THE VISUAL CULTURE OF THE POLISH TRANSFORMATIONMeeting with Magda Szcześniak
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided tourof the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Walk RAISE THE GATES! (MARINA MOKOTÓW)Material walks #3
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Meeting point of walk #3: Marina Mokotów
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12:30 Workshops PRIVATE PROPERTY: KEEP OUT?Open actions for children
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour in English of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour A MEETING AT THE EXHIBITION with Marta Przasnek
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Workshops A HOUSE IN DECAYFamily activities
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
17:30 Lecture THE NINETIES IN ARCHITECTUREWARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Workshop with an architect THE CASE OF THE CITY. THE APARTMENT PROJECT Workshop with an architect
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Guided tourof the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:00 Workshops My home, my asylum. Living comfortably Children's workshop
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:30 Film screening HOUSE ON STRIKE - SCREENING OF A MOVIE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SQUATTING IN WARSAWWARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Guided tourof the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
10:00 Workshops My home, my asylum. Living comfortably Children's workshop
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Borman Palace
ul. Srebrna 12, Warsaw
18:00 Meeting Conversation with Shumi Bose - curator of the exhibition in the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture BiennaleHome Economics. The apartment challenge
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Walk FACTORY HOUSE, THE RETURN OF PREFABRICATION (BUILDING AT SPRZECZNA 4)Material walks #4
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Meeting point of walk #4
ul. Sprzeczna 4, Warsaw
12:30 Workshops BUILDING: WHY AND FROM WHAT?Open actions for children
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:00 Guided tour A MEETING AT THE EXHIBITION: THE POLISH COFFIN-SHELF UNIT. AROUND 90s DESIGNIn cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8” Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
18:00 Lecture MAD COOL: AMERICAN TV SHOWS AS HOME INSPIRATIONWARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION Academy
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
12:30 Workshops FACE TO FACE WITH ARCHITECTSFamily activities
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
13:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
15:00 Guided tour Curatorial guided tour of the „Home at Last” exhibition
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
16:30 Meeting Meeting with Tomasz LuterekIn cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8” Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw
17:30 Debate 21st century housingA debate closing the festival
In cycle „WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 8”
Old printing house
ul. Nowogrodzka 84/86, Warsaw