A new polish architecture after the political and economical changes in 1989 towards critical regionalism

Krystyna Januszkiewicz


This paper explores the role critical regionalism which could play a role in the continued development of globalera Polish architecture, and the advancements achieved by those few contemporary Polish architects who have sought to combine modern tastes and techniques with culturally meaningful designs. The new culture of Poland is very much reflected in the design of many of its new buildings that have been completed since the political and economic changes in 1989. The architecture of Poland appears to have lurched from an inappropriate socialist modernism that was so horridly imposed during the communist era to an equally inappropriate post modernist hegemony in the new enterprise culture. This paper suggests that with its new found freedom, Poland should be careful that it doe not suffer a loss of identity and that in its architecture it should seek a way forward through a Critical Regionalism.

Słowa kluczowe: polish architecture, communist era, critical regionalism, globalization