Celebrating Architecture in November
A month-long festival devoted to architecture gets underway in November and features a variety of films, lectures, tours and educational events.Westival – Sztuka Architektury, the series promises to create a ‘vivid dialogue with society on the subjects of architecture, space, the urban environment,” according to organizers, the Szczecin chapter of the Polish Architects’ Association.
Among the festival highlights are an examination of modernist architecture in Europe, with a focus on the cities of Hamburg, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Wolfsburg, Lubeka and Oslo, as well as a look at contemporary architecture in the Baltic region, including the cities of Coprenhagen, Vilnius, Riga, Tallin and Helsinki. Local architecture also is featured in a program entitled Szczecin nieistniejący (Non-existent Szczecin), which offers film and panel discussions to track the city’s recent past and chart a course for its architectural future.
An exhibition of student architectural products is on the calendar, as are guided tours of through the factories that lent the city its industrial character. These include factories, power stations, distilleries and a former tram depot that is being transformed into the city’s transport museum.
A film devoted to the work of Rem Koolhaas is scheduled that looks at three of the Dutch architecht’s better-known projects; The Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Casa Musica in Porto and a public library in Seattle. Another film, about the Intebau57 meeting at with a group of 64 the well-known modernists created their vision of an ideal city in a one Berlin’s districts, looks at the effect of the project some five decades after its realization.
The festival runs through December 5th and admission is free to all events. A full calendar can be found here: http://szczecin.sarp.org.pl/westival_2008