/ master thesis, part 1
/ June, 2014
supervisor: prof.nzw. dr hab. inż. arch. Ewa Kuryłowicz
consultation: dr inż. arch. Krzysztof Domaradzki, mgr inż. Jan Jakiel, prof. nzw. dr hab. inż. arch. Danuta Kłosek – Kozłowska, dr inż. Piotr Pachowski
2016 – Jerzy Regulski Prize awarded for an outstanding contribution to promotion of good practice in urban design; the main prize in category “Idea”
2015 – award by Association of Polish Architects (SARP, Warsaw) as the best architectural design at Warsaw universities in 2014 (ex aequo)
2015 – award by Polish Urban Design Association (TUP) as the best urban design at Polish universities in 2014 (ex aequo)
2015 – final of the competition organized by Foundation of Stefan Kuryłowicz for architectural scholarship “Practice”
2016 – final of the competition “Diplomas for Warsaw”, organized by The City of Warsaw
PRAGA ROUTE: URBAN LINK BETWEEN DIVIDED WARSAW – POWIŚLE AND PRAGA DISTRICT PARTS
Last years show a significant change in a way of thinking about the role of Vistula river in a city structure. There were many steps undertaken to enliven the area along the river banks, e.g. creating sandy beaches along the right side of Vistula, opening Copernicus Science Centre in Powiśle quarter or redesigning the area of a boulevard. Nevertheless, the river still seems to be a huge barrier between two parts of Warsaw and that discriminates especially its Eastern part – the area of the old Praga district. It is a one of the most historically important, but degraded part of the city where the process of revitalization has just been started.
The negligence of Praga has its roots deep in history and in the post-war period. Due to the fact that large part of its urban tissue remained untouched after the WWII, the whole rebuilding effort was put into the war-ravaged left side of Warsaw. As the result a paradox can be observed – although Praga is extremely valuable, authentic urban substance in the city, it has become forgotten in modern regulations. For many years the area has been being hostile and resistant for any sweeping changes – and the reason of that could be its prolonged isolation.
The goal of this thesis is to show the ways how to bring together two parts of the city by creating a clearly defined urban connection, called Praga Route – leading from Krakowskie Przedmieście to the very centre of Praga District. A newly designed path is based on historical route and links four streets: Karowa, Okrzei, Ząbkowska and Kawęczyńska, including footbridge across the river. As a new part of the city structure it may help to redefine the district of Praga as equally important and attractive part of Warsaw.