Conference „CONNECTIONS — The Town and the River"

1. Today, we design our cities without one common idea of a plan. Under the guise of creating a “spatial order”, the city arises without deliberation over the significance of urban space as an act of building a work of art.

2. The City with the River are not only tools for living. The City and the River can be “invented” according to rules of art – composition (decomposition), order and harmony of urban tissue – principles that do not exclude the diversity of the Game in the City.

3. The first step in creating urban relations are bridges. A bridge – as a line stretched over a river between two points – marks a direction and forms a connection.

4. The river is a great metaphor – it may be a sentimental journey in search of all kinds of sources, a procession of things carried by a flood, a personal memory of holiday in childhood. The river means time, constant movement and unpredictability. The river is a continuous and natural change. The city can be a frame for this metaphor.

5. The relation between the City and the River is not just building – it consists of giving meanings and defining the term architecture in the phenomenon of nature. Currently, in the course of the River, the expressive borders of the City are symbolically marked by the Abbey (West) and the heat and Power Plant (East). The both buildings need the River.

6. The view prevails – very valid in the times of sustainable urban development – that River banks in the City should not be built-up at all – they should serve the city with their natural development and form ecological corridors. This corresponds to the Howardian ideas of the garden city, which should be treated today as a search for a system (linear, polycentric) based on the natural course of the River.

7. Perhaps, however, one should return to the concepts according to which the monumentalization of space benefits the City-River relationship? Yet, monument buildings are primary elements; they participate in the evolution of the city and over time they become urban archetypes (residential and public) creating the urban identity and the specificity of the place. Thus, Architecture becomes a tool of a Plan.

8. The City and the River expresses therefore an idea containing the composition of the Place – defined by the geometry of elementary urban meanings (square, museum, temple, bridge, perimeter building, block of flats, street, port, park). The Architect’s drawing determines everything.

9. The sense of the City and the River may be to create recognizable (model) places without unnecessary attempts to re-transform them in the future. Dense urban tissue, as well as “open” urban forms may prove useful in thinking about the future scenario for the Metropolis.

10. Therefore: the River in the City, the City by the River, or the City and the River…?


D.Sc. Ph.D. Arch. Marcin Charciarek
Chairman of the MBA’2019 Conference

Speakers of the Conference „CONNECTIONS — The Town and the River"

Marcin Charciarek

Cracow University of Technology, Poland
PhD DSc eng. arch., Professor of the Cracow University of Technology. The chairman of the Conference of the International Biennale of Architecture Krakow 2019 and the proxy of the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology for cooperation with the Board of SARP Kraków Branch. From 2016, the Head of the Chair of Elementary Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology. Author of publications on the idea of contemporary concrete architecture. Author of the monograph Relations between Idea and Matter in Concrete Architecture and a publication Details in Concrete Architecture. Winner of the Grand Prix of the International Biennale of Architecture Krakow 2004 for the Tadeusz Kantor Museum.

José Luis Cortés

Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Mexico City, Mexico
Architect, Vice-President of the Union of International Architects (2002-2005) and a member of the Council. A graduate of Tecnológico de Monterrey, Fine Arts Academy in Copenhagen and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has occupied leading positions at several universities in Mexico, such as Director of Continuous Education (2009-2015), Dean of the Architecture Department and the Masters in Urban Projects program (2002-2009). A professor at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, professor of Urbanism (1975-2002) at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Campus Xochimilco, Mexico City. A guest professor at several universities around the world. President of the Mexican Federation of Architects (2017-2018), President of the Mexico City Architects Association (2015-2016) and the General Secretary, Vice-president and a Member of the Honour Council.

Armando dal Fabbro

Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, Italy
He teaches architectural and urban composition in the IUAV Department of Architecture and Arts. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Council of the Doctoral School in Architectural Composition of IUAV University. He is a visiting professor at various foreign universities (Cracow University of Technology, MSA Münster, UCN Antofagasta, NMMU Port Elisabeth). He is a member of the Scientific Committee of several architectural series (Teca, Naples, Proyecto, Progreso, Arquitectura, Sevilla, Urban Composition Research, Syracuse, Modern Masters, Naples). He takes part in international design competitions and collective exhibitions of architecture, including: La Triennale di Milano 1995; International Architecture Biennale in Krakow, 1996, 1998, 2000; La Biennale di Venezia, International Architecture Exhibition, 2002, 2006, 2012. He received the Grand Prix of the 6th International Architecture Biennale in Krakow and was awarded the Mention of Honor and the Bene Merentibus Medal of the Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology.


Snøhetta, Oslo, Norway/Great Britain
Simon grew up outside London and earned his architectural degrees from the Oxford and Mackintosh schools of architecture. He was part of the design team for the BFI IMAX in Waterloo and joined Snøhetta in 2001. Here, he was part of the planning group for the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. He fulfilled several roles in the project, from chief façade architect to project manager, as well as being responsible architect on the construction site. Simon has been project leader on large projects, both in Norway and abroad. From 2011 to 2013, he was stationed at Snøhetta’s office in New York, where he was responsible for the reconstruction and expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Recently, he has been leading a project to re-develop Portland House, a significant property in Westminster, central London. Simon’s projects have required a wide range of competencies, from concept development to detail design, as well as efficient execution. In addition to his focus on professional quality and project execution, Simon excels at maintaining transparency, communication and exchange of ideas in the interface between the client and the project organisation.

Jacek Gyurkovich

Cracow University of Technology, Poland
Prof., PhD. DSc. arch. eng., architect and urban planner, academic teacher at the Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology. Dean of the Faculty of Architecture CUT from 2016; head of the Chair of Urban Composition (1994-2019); director of the Institute of Urban Design (2000-2006). Author of numerous scientific publications in the fields of architecture and urban planning. A member of the Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning of the Polish Academy of Sciences - Chairman of the Urban Planning Section of KAiU PAN; a member of ICOMOS Polska. A winner of 11 prizes and awards in national architectural and urban competitions; an author and co-author of over 100 architectural and urban designs, i.a. the churches of: St. Peter the Apostle in Wadowice, Christ the King in Jarosław, Infant Jesus in Jodłowa. Christ the King in Łęki Górne.

Artur Jasiński

Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Poland
PhD DSc. eng. arch., Professor of AFMKU, a practicing architect, principal of Artur Jasiński and Partners architectural office and a professor at the Department of Architecture and Fine Arts of Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University. He was awarded over twenty prizes and mentions in architectural competitions, he is also the author of many public buildings. His research and publications focus on the impact of contemporary modernization and globalization processes on urbanism, architecture, and professional practice.

Robert Konieczny

KWK Promes, Katowice, Poland
An architect, graduate of Architecture at Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. In 1996 he received the certificate of New Jersey Institute of Technology. A leader and a founder of KWK Promes architecture studio established in 1999. In 2012, he became an independent expert of the Mies van der Rohe Foundation. In 2016 project – National Museum – Dialogue Centre Przełomy in Szczecin was found World Building of the Year 2016 in the international competition World Architecture Festival. A great distinction for a designer is the title of the Best New Private House in worldwide competition Wallpaper Design Awards 2017 for the Konieczny’s Ark. Konieczny was twelve times nominee of the European Award of Mies van der Rohe Foundation. He is a holder of the award for the House of the Year 2006, winning with the Aatrial House as the best housing project in a competition organized by World Architecture News. A member of the French Académie d'architecture since 2019.

Wojciech Kosiński

Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Poland
Prof., PhD, DSc. eng. arch. A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology. (a diploma project under Prof. W. Gruszczyński). In the 1990's a deputy of the Chief Architect of Krakow. A longtime professor of the Faculty of Architecture CUT, currently the head of the Chair of Urban Planning at the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University. An author of numerous built and awarded projects, 6 books and about 300 scientific publications. He has conducted research, workshops and lectured in over a dozen countries of Europe, Asia, Africa, and both Americas. He is a member of the Committee on Architecture and Urban Planning of the Polish Academy of Sciences and an editor-in-chief of the scientific yearbook “Architecture and Urbanity Files Krakow Section of Polish Academy of Sciences”.

Magdalena Kozień-Woźniak

Cracow University of Technology, Poland
Architect, professor at the CUT. Her research, teaching and creative interests are focused on contemporary museum and theatre architecture. She is a partner at an architectural office Kozień Architekci. With the team, she is a laureate of a number of awards and distinctions in architectural competitions. The National Museum in Przemyśl was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2008. The Capitol Theatre in Wrocław won the Beautiful Wrocław 2013 Grand Prix. The Gallery BWA in Nowy Sącz was recognised as the best building of Nowy Sącz in the first decade of the 21st century.

Romuald Loegler

Atelier Loegler Architekci, Kraków, Poland
PhD arch., practicing professional and lecturer; professor at several universities, incl. Bialystok University of Technology, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Lublin University of Technology. A member of the Saxon Academy of Arts (Sächsische Akademie der Künste); a jury member of Polish and international competitions; a winner of many national and international competitions, i.a. for prestigious public buildings, such as Jagiellonian Library, Łódź Philharmonic, and the Krakow Opera. Among his completed buildings are university facilities, colleges, banks, churches, commercial and service complexes and housing estates. Frequently published in domestic and foreign magazines, and books, such as “World Atlas of Architecture”, “Encyclopaedia of European Architecture” , “Register of World Architects”, “Domus”, “Bauwelt”, “Arkitektiilehti”, “Deutsches Architektenblatt”, “Architektura & Biznes” and others. A laureate of prizes awarded for lifetime achievement and individual projects, such as: Honorary Award of the Association of Polish Architects, Fritz Schumacher Prize of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation F.V.S, Award of the Minister of Infrastructure for the outstanding accomplishments (Poland).

Kazimierz Łatak

Biuro Projektów Lewicki Łatak, Kraków, Poland
A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Cracow University of Technology where, in the years 1992-1999, he was employed at the Institute of Architectural Design. In the years 2003-2009 he ran classes at the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts at Cracow Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski University. Since 1988, he has been working with Piotr Lewicki, and in 1995 both of them established their company: Biuro Projektów Lewicki Łatak.


Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects, Helsinki, Finland
Architect, born in 1956 r. in Finland. Graduate of the Tampere University of Technology. Since 1987 partner in the 8 Studio office, and since 1992 in Kaira-Lahdelma-Mahlamäki. He is currently partner at the Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects with the seat in England. Professor of contemporary architecture at the Oulu University (1997), head of the Museum Council at the Museum of Finnish Architecture (2006-2006), Dean (2000-2007) and Deputy Dean at the Department of Contemporary Architecture at the School of Architecture, Olulu University (2007-2011). Charman of the Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA, 2007-2011). Head of the Jury at the International Architecture Awards (2009). Winner of 59 awards in architectural competitions, including 35 prizes, as well as Architectural Arts Suomi Award (1997) and Finland Prize, Ministry of Education Award (2008). His oeuvre was presented in many international magazines dealing with architecture and design, including World Architecture, DOMUS, L’Archa, Architectural Review and Detail. Among his most important realisations are: Lusto Finnish Forest Museum, Punkaharju (1994), Folks Arts Centre, Kaustinen, (1997), library in Lohja (2005), Polin – Museum of History of Polish Jews (2013, with Kuryłowicz & Associates), Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Espoo (2013).

Giovanni Multari

corvino + multari, Naples, Italy
Architect and professor at the DiArc, University of Naples "Federico II", in 1995 he established corvino + multari in Naples. Tutor in national and international workshops, curator of exhibitions and books, critic, member of committees, he was honored the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture (2006) for the Pirelli Tower restoration. He took part in conferences (Milan, Rome, Graz, Krakow, Paris, Berlin, London, New York); projects and works have been featured in exhibitions and published on Casabella, Abitare, The Plan, Domus, Area, d’A, Concept, World Architecture.

Claudio Nardi

Claudio Nardi Architects, Florence, Italy
Graduated in architecture at the University of Florence, the city where he founded his studio. His design activity extends into various fields: industrial design, interior design, architecture, urban design. Each project is characterized by a refined attention to detail and the use of innovative materials and technologies in respect of the place and traditions. Lectures, prizes and participation in national and international competitions are frequent.

Zbigniew Paszkowski

West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland
Full professor, PhD. DSc. architect, the graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Cracow University of Technology, professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin (Poland), the head of the Department of History and Theory of Architecture, the member of the Urban Planning and Architecture Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The author of scientific publications in the field of architectural practice, theory and history. The promotor of several doctoral theses. The founder and leading architect of the URBICON Ltd. architectural design office (since 1990) placed in Szczecin. As an architect, author of many housing and public building projects, winner of several architectural competitions. Researcher in architecture, urban development and sustainability.

Bolesław Stelmach

National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning, Warsaw, Poland
PhD DSc. eng. arch., prof. of UCEA, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology in 1980, and in 1984 - postgraduate studies in urban planning at the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology. In 2009 he obtained the title of PhD Eng. Arch., and in 2016 the degrees of DSc and a professor of UCEA. The general designer in Stelmach i Partnerzy Biuro Architektoniczne Sp. z o.o. In 2010, the Association of Polish Architects awarded him the highest distinction - the SARP Honorary Award. Since November 2017, Bolesław Stelmach has been the Director of the National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning. Major projects: Administrative building of the office of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland in Warsaw, Zana House in Lublin, The Theater Under Construction in Lublin.

Marta A. Urbańska

Cracow University of Technology, Poland
Ph.D. Eng. Arch. is an architect, architectural historian and critic. She lectures in Poland (Faculty of Architecture, CUT) and abroad. She is an author of numerous articles and translations, co-author and editor of several architectural books. She led and organised numerous conferences, study trips, design workshops and field researches, including those of Polish historic architecture in the East. She was awarded and decorated for her professional and social work. M.A. Urbańska is a member of the Chamber of Architects of the Republic of Poland and of the Association of Polish Architects SARP – plenipotentiary of the Main Board for cultural heritage.

Michał Wojtkiewicz

Zaha Hadid Architects, London, Great Britain
Associate in Zaha Hadid Architects. Since joining Zaha Hadid Architects in 2009, Michal has been involved in and led many high profile projects of all typologies in Europe, The Middle East, USA, Australia, and Asia. He is currently working as an Associate within the ZHA Design Cluster where he is putting a strong emphasis on sustainable design and harnessing local environment in early-stage design proposals. Michal Wojtkiewicz has been a Project Architect for the Lushan Primary School in Jiangxi, China, a project where local craft and robotic technologies are mixed to efficiently construct a building in a remote location. Michal was also a Facades and Canopies Lead during the construction of KAPSARC, a research facility completed in 2016 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which was the first project of that scale to achieve a LEED Platinum award with a more than 45% reduction in energy use.

Szczepan Wroński

WXCA – Architecture Office, Warsaw, Poland
A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Warsaw University of Technology. Co-founder of the WXCA studio. Together with the team, Szczepan Wroński has won many prestigious competitions, including the one for the Museum of Wielkopolska Uprising of 1918-1919 in Poznań, Polish Pavilion at EXPO 2020 in Dubai, Pole Mokotowskie in Warsaw. One of the largest museum complexes of his co-authorship is currently being built at the Warsaw Citadel - Polish Army Museum and the Museum of Polish History. The Museum - Palmiry Memorial Site or the European Center for Geological Education in Chęciny, which he co-created, received i.a. a nomination for the Mies Van Der Rohe Award.

Speakers of the Panel „The town and the river. Go with the flow”