In 1947 a group of American architects came to Europe in order to view the rebuilding progress in the countries which had suffered considerable war damage. Their visit included England, Czechoslovakia and Poland. The photographs presented in the exhibition – displayed publicly for the first time in Poland – show, among others, Warsaw, Szczecin and Wrocław. It was during these months that Polish architects and town planners were still allowed a degree of freedom in their work. The authors of the Exhibition – Krzysztof Jaszczyński and Maria Sołtys – put together photographs of the damaged buildings with the architectural drawings of the individual projects.
This material clearly shows the complex tasks facing Polish architects and town planners, and pre-war inspired town-planning solutions coupled with a modern approach to the building process. The reconstruction was on a scale never previously experienced.
In DSH’s 20th Century Library, we also have an album with the same title.
Venue: DSH and the Father Jan Twardowski Square
Organizer: Dom Spotkań z Historią / History Meeting House
Co–organizers: Biuro Architektury i Planowania Przestrzennego m.st. Warszawy / Architecture and City Planning Department of the Capital City of Warsaw, Fundacja „Warszawa1939.pl” / The „Warszawa1939.pl” Foundation
Partners: Archiwum Akt Nowych / The Central Archives of Modern Records in Warsaw, Archiwum Państwowe m.st. Warszawy / The State Archive of the Capital City of Warsaw, Instytut Geografii i Przestrzennego Zagospodarowania PAN / Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences, Stowarzyszenie Architektów Polskich SARP / SARP Association of Polish Architects, Zakład Architektury Polskiej Wydziału Architektury Politechniki Warszawskiej / Department of Polish Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
Photograph: Warsaw, the ‘Prudential’ Insurance Socety skyscraper In Napoleon Square (currently plac Powstańców Warszawy (Warsaw Insurgents’ Square]). Photo: Henry N. Cobb