<span class="tytul">Factories of Motion: On the Problems of Designing Railway Stations in Poland in the 1960s and 1970s</span> <div class="block-podtytul">Z problematyki dworców kolejowych w Polsce w latach 60. i 70. XX wieku*</div>

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Factories of Motion: On the Problems of Designing Railway Stations in Poland in the 1960s and 1970s
Z problematyki dworców kolejowych w Polsce w latach 60. i 70. XX wieku*

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Abstract

The work of architects employed during the communist regime in Polish state design offices, which significantly influenced the shape of the contemporary built environment, is often perceived as self-evident, worthless, and rarely is a subject of deep analysis and reflection. This text is an attempt to discuss such ‘dull’ state-produced architecture, through the example of late-modern railway stations and stops. Similarities in their design stem from a set of far-sighted rules shaping the design of the railway, which were elaborated in the late 1950s but brought widespread effects only in the 1960s. At that time a kind of functional canon of railway stations and stops had been established. According to those general functional principles, dozens of railway stations were built in various architectural forms in the period of intense investments during the 1960s and 1970s. This article analyses some of the best and most interesting examples of the architecture of railway stations in the People’s Republic of Poland. Focusing on objects of small and medium size, it complements the existing research concerning large stations such as in Katowice and Warsaw, with less familiar ‘peripheral’ realisations. These structures appear to be representative of architects’ average skill and taste located between architectural conservatism and experimental extremes.

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Alicja Gzowska

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Kuratorka w Muzeum Rzeźby im. Xawerego Dunikowskiego, doktorantka w Instytucie Historii Sztuki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, zajmuje się architekturą drugiej połowy XX wieku w Polsce. Współautorka książek o polskiej architekturze postmodernistycznej: Postmodernizm polski. Architektura i urbanistyka. Rozmowy z architektami; Postmodernizm jest prawie w porządku. Polska architektura po socjalistycznej globalizacji, kuratorka wystawy i redaktorka tomu Figury retoryczne. Warszawska rzeźba architektoniczna 1918– 1970. Pasjonatka łupin żelbetowych i architektury kolejowej, monografistka zburzonego katowickiego dworca Szesnaście żelbetowych kwiatów. Nowy dworzec kolejowy w Katowicach.

Table of contents

1 An Artist among the Ruins. Art in Poland in the 1940s in the Context of Surrealism
Sztuka polska lat 40. i surrealistyczne konotacje
Dorota Jarecka  Abstract  
2 After the War. Evidences of Jonasz Sterns’ Survival in the Context of Rebuilding the Polish Artistic Life in the Second Half of the 1940s
Relacje z ocalenia Jonasza Sterna w kontekście odbudowy polskiego życia artystycznego w drugiej połowie lat 40.
Agnieszka Dulęba  Abstract  
3 Zdzisław Beksiński’s Existential Photography Weronika Kobylińska-Bunsch  Abstract  
4 Spaces of Post-war Humanism. Exhibitions Designed by Czesław Wielhorski (1911–1980)
Wystawy Czesława Wielhorskiego (1911–1980)
Tomasz Fudala  Abstract  
5 Challenging the Ideology. The 1st Exhibition of the Polish Light Industry in Moscow in 1949
Pierwsza Polska Wystawa Przemysłu Lekkiego w Moskwie (1949)*
Katarzyna Jeżowska  Abstract  
6 Future Warsaw (1936): Between an Architecture Exhibition and a ‘Didactic Fair’
Między pokazem architektury a „jarmarkiem dydaktycznym”
Grzegorz Piątek  Abstract  
7 Modulor in Poland: Le Corbusier’s Canon at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Kanon Le Corbusiera w warszawskiej Akademii Sztuk Pięknych*
Marta Leśniakowska  Abstract  
8 Factories of Motion: On the Problems of Designing Railway Stations in Poland in the 1960s and 1970s
Z problematyki dworców kolejowych w Polsce w latach 60. i 70. XX wieku*
Alicja Gzowska  Abstract  
9 Kultura rave i sztuka w latach dziewięćdziesiątych w Polsce Łukasz Ronduda  
10 Z ksiąg noworudzkich
Nieznany list Jana Białostockiego do Jerzego Jarnuszkiewicza
Waldemar Baraniewski   
11 If and How to Grab for a Can. On the Exhibition Just after the War
O wystawie „Zaraz po wojnie”
Piotr Juszkiewicz  Abstract  
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