Architecture. What do the buildings we build tell others about us? How does architecture respond to social needs?MORE SPEAKERS
Does architecture function in isolation from reality, focusing solely on aesthetics and investors’ needs or, maybe, does it have a mission? Should it interfere with the established social order, confronting itself with the challenges of the modern world, such as: economic crises; poverty; overpopulation; the collapse of values and the disturbance of social relations; environmental protection; and technological revolution?
Upper Silesia is moving away from coal. An excellent transport infrastructure, a rapidly developing airport and well-educated staff – these are the main advantages of Silesia, which is becoming a magnet for a growing number of new investors and projects. One of the most important challenges and opportunities for the region is to create a single metropolis. How to create positive changes? What types of investment projects does the metropolis and the voivodeship need in order to attract the key players and strengthen competitive advantages?
E-commerce is changing the shopping habits of customers. That is why shopping arcades keep developing their restaurant and entertainment zones in the fight for extending the so-called dwell time, that is, the time customers spend inside the facilities. This approach is also being stimulated by another trend – retail facilities being built in revitalised space to offer refined products and shopping experiences. There are numerous examples of this trend around the world, including Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid or La Boqueria in Barcelona. In Poland, the pioneering project is Hala Koszyki in Warsaw. Will there be other ones to follow?
Modern applications of stone in commercial and home interiors
Balanced character, social equality, mobility and… In what way should cities keep changing and what do their inhabitants expect from them?
The modern business services industry experiences a thirst for well-qualified staff, and the rivalry for talents is becoming more and more apparent. Does the education policy pursued by the Silesian Voivodeship keep pace with the changing needs of the labour market and the specific expectations of the SSC/BPO industry? How to intensify co-operation between institutions of higher education and business? How to encourage the most talented graduates to stay in Upper Silesia? Does the design of an office matter to employees? How important an argument has it become in recruitment processes?
At present, lighting infrastructure is present in all the places where people live, work, play and relax. Lighting systems and the applications that manage them represent a technology that has already proved its worth in numerous projects. What does modern lighting stand for? What to focus on?
Squares, greens, food zones, structural landscaping and street furniture. This is how commercial facilities are opening up to cities
The fashion for revitalisation is alive and well. There is a growing number of post-industrial buildings and pre-war tenement houses, as well as post-industrial sites being given a new life. Thanks to the passion of investors and architects, there are incredible flats, apartments or lofts being created in the old walls, and the demand for them is constantly growing. How to utilise post-industrial sites and historic facilities as part of developer investment projects? What can be built, and where? Architectural treasures in the region. Costs versus result: What to pay attention to when investing in property ‘with a past’? What changes does the Act on revitalisation introduce?
There are more than a dozen museums and science centres operating in Poland, which introduce visitors to the world of science in a modern way, using multimedia. At the same time, however, those facilities have very welldesigned interiors. How to plan the design and architecture of such investments?
Accommodation facilities, a large and comfortable conference centre, and experience in the organisation of large-scale events of international importance – these elements build the strength of Katowice on the map of important business meeting centres and impact the economic and cultural development of the region. Katowice will host the UN Climate Summit in 2018. Will the event become a springboard to success for the hotel industry? Will business tourism become a significant driving force behind the development of the city, as well as an important element of promotion of Katowice? What conditions have to be met?
Architects and designers on the rising tide – speeches by outstanding architects and designers
Sensibly designed. How to create a range of products and services that would reflect the changing ideas about the space for living?
Buildings are more than just space. How to create space that would serve demanding users, and how to create places for the inhabitants – both able-bodied and with disabilities, or ‘forever young’ and elderly alike?
Architectural and city planning competitions and their role in the shaping of architectural culture
Increasing dynamics of economic growth, an increasing retail sales volume, a competitive labour market, road infrastructure development, and widespread availability of land for new developer investment projects – these areas are key to the success of the warehouse sector. Does Upper Silesia have these advantages? What does the warehouse market need in order to continue its growth? How to persuade lessees to locate their businesses in that part of Poland? Would a special economic zone spanning the whole of Poland provide an opportunity or a challenge for Silesia? How will the logistics industry develop in the region in the era of e-commerce? What is the importance of a particular location to further growth of the industry?
The map of outstanding modern architectural projects, and presentations of spectacular designs. Outstanding architects and designers as well as top investors and manufacturers will take the stage. From idea to implementation – the birth of the most interesting designs and projects
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A one-storey house, a flat-roofed house, or a minimalistic house? Or, maybe, a house in the style of an elegant manor? A fully glazed building with a wooden façade or, maybe, a building with a concrete finish? What houses do Poles wish to live in? What types of projects will remain versatile, regardless of the changing fashions?
It is them that symbolise the development and power of a city by reaching even higher. They attest to the fact that people who live there have aspirations and ambitions. Will Warsaw become the ‘tallest city’ in the European Union?