• Architecture. What do the buildings we build tell others about us? How does architecture respond to social needs?


    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?


  • Modern Silesia. The position of the region on the economic map of Poland


    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?


  • Commercial property Architecture and lifestyle at the forefront, or an idea for alternative retail trade


    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?

  • (Po)prawnie o designie, czyli ochrona twórczych pomysłów w branży architektonicznej, projektowej i meblarskiej


    Poprowadzą :

    • Joanna Janoszek - krajowy i europejski rzecznik patentowy, dyrektor biura JWP we Wrocławiu, kancelaria JWP Rzecznicy Patentowi
    • Tomasz Gawliczek, radca prawny kancelaria JWP Rzecznicy Patentowi
    • Tomasz Gawliczek - Attorney-at-Law, JWP Rzecznicy Patentowi (JWP Patent and Trademark Attorneys Poland)
    • Joanna Janoszek - o Patent and Trademark Attorney (PL), European Patent Attorney, Head of JWP Office in Wrocław, JWP Rzecznicy Patentowi (JWP Patent and Trademark Attorneys Poland)
  • Stone - presentations and discussion


    Modern applications of stone in commercial and home interiors

  • The future is marked by large-scale projects – the housing sector in Silesia benefits from the economic prosperity. How to invest in order to succeed?

    • The shortage of dwellings and the economic prosperity in the housing industry have whetted the appetites of Silesian developers. They build courageously and on an increasingly greater scale. How is the housing gap being bridged in the region? How many flats are missing? What potential is there in the context of both planned and completed investment projects?
    • There is euphoria, but there are challenges as well. Costs in the construction business are mounting, whereas the prices of dwellings in Silesia remain among the lowest in Poland: Does the housing industry in that part of Poland make it possible to earn money? How will prices be shaped in the next few years? Will the market accept price increases?
    • Spatial planning, the openness of local authorities, and the quality of life: What is the key to combating housing problems in the region effectively? The bank levy and the increase in the own contribution level to 15 per cent How do legislative changes impact the dynamics of purchasing decisions of customers?
    • What types of dwellings is the Internet generation looking for? Are the suburbs becoming passé? How to tap into the potential of central locations?
  • Ten questions concerning the shape of the cities of the future…


    Balanced character, social equality, mobility and… In what way should cities keep changing and what do their inhabitants expect from them?

  • The Silesian recipe for the difficult labour market


    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?

  • Lighting. A statement clear as day


    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?

  • Property open to the city.


    Squares, greens, food zones, structural landscaping and street furniture. This is how commercial facilities are opening up to cities

  • We are headed there to become even better

    • Who else, if not Germans, will buy Polish furniture?
    • Exports to the East: Is there any chance of improving the situation?
    • Where to look for new markets?
    • Is the expansion to Asian and African markets sensible?
    • Brexit: Is it the end of expansion in the British market, or an opportunity for new contracts?


  • Uroczyste ogłoszenie laureatów Konkursu dla Architektów Vigour 2017


    Wydarzeniu będzie towarzyszyć krótka prezentacja marki Elements i Vigour a także prelekcje Pana Tomasza Pągowskiego, niezależnego Eksperta w Jury konkursowym: „Subiektywna ocena prac konkursowych Vigour 2017” oraz „Design we współczesnych łazienkach”.
    Wydarzenie marki Elements.


  • "Genius loci" is in demand. Where to look for it in Silesia and how to revive it?


    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?

  • Architecture that educates


    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?

    • Tomasz Bradecki - o Architect, STUDIO BB ARCHITEKCI; Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Design and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Silesian University of Technology
    • Danuta Fredowicz - Architect, National Chamber of Polish Architects (IARP); Treasurer, Silesian Regional Chamber of Polish Architects (SLOIA); Owner, ESAL
    • Konrad Grabowiecki - Architect, BBGK Architekci Sp. z o.o.
    • Tomasz Konior - Architect, Founder, Konior Studio
    • Piotr Kuczia - Architect, Kuczia Architect
    • Anna Popek - Journalist
    • Jan Sikora - Studio Owner, Sikora Wnętrza
  • Hotels. The city of business meetings


    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?

  • Success stories - people


    Architects and designers on the rising tide – speeches by outstanding architects and designers

  • Project: Kitchen - presentations and discussion


    Sensibly designed. How to create a range of products and services that would reflect the changing ideas about the space for living?

  • Without barriers. Projects that make life easier


    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?

  • Competitions for architects: When do they provide a springboard to success, and when are they a waste of time?


    Architectural and city planning competitions and their role in the shaping of architectural culture

    • Ivan Blasi - Architect, Coordinator at European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture
    • Piotr Buśko - Chairman, Competition Jury, Association of Polish Architects (SARP), Katowice Branch, President of SARP, Katowice Branch, in the years 2012–2015
    • Mikołaj Machulik - architect, Izba Architektów Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, secretary of the Board, Śląska Okręgowa Izby Architektów RP
    • Piotr Musiałowski - architect, 2pm, KOŁO competition winner
    • Marcin Szczelina - Critic, Curator of Architecture, Architecture Snob
    • Elżbieta Szymańska - Graduate, Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology
  • Design it beautifully for me!

    • Good design: Is it the ‘to be or not to be’ of the Polish furniture industry?
    • A brand built on design – a recipe for market success
    • Design in the service of retail trade: Does a piece of pretty furniture sell better?
    • Manufacturers and designers – a recipe for a perfect relationship
    • New technologies – an effective weapon in a designer’s hands


  • Design. Car design - the difficult art of designing cars in Poland

  • Warehouses. Economic prosperity: How long will it last?


    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?

    • Mirosław Koszany - Chairman of the Board, Biuro Inwestycji Kapitałowych SA
    • Adam Rams - Deputy Chairman of the Board, Delta Trans Group
    • Michał Sikora - Land, Technical & Special Economic Zone Consultant, Cushman & Wakefield
    • Artur Tomasik - President of the Management Board, Upper Silesian Aviation Group
  • Success stories – designs and projects


    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

  • Architektura. Nieruchomości komercyjne i przestrzeń publiczna


    Hot list - przegląd najbardziej designerskich inwestycji i projektów zrealizowanych w Polsce i na świecie - prezentacje.

  • Residential property An idea for a house


    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?

  • Skyscrapers with a sparkle


    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?

  • Employees in urgent demand. Will automation make it possible to manufacture more for less in the era of the shrinking labour market?

    • New factories = new employees: How do new investment projects shape the needs of the labour
    • market?
    • The furniture labour market: Who, and where, are Polish manufacturers looking for?
    • Modern technologies – the ‘fuel’ for furniture development.
    • Machinery: Yes, but what type? Does a furniture manufacturer need education?
    • Piotr Bartosiak - Deputy Director, Department of Strategy, Qualifications and Vocational Education, Ministry of National Education, Poland
    • Mariusz Golak - Lead Editor, Meble Plus Magazine,
    • Wojciech Piłka - Chairman of the Board, GTV Sp. z o.o.
    • Michał Strzelecki - Head of the Office, Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers (OIGPM)
    • Jan Szynaka - Chairman of the Board, Szynaka Meble; President, Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers (OIGPM)
    • Mirosław Wolski - Chairman of the Board, Schattdecor Polska


  • Furniture Plus – Product of the Year 2018

  • Property Design Awards 2018