Bringing life back to the heart of the district
Stare Przedmieście, despite it’s proximity to the city centre, seems deserted and isolated. These actions put it at the centre of people’s attention. They were focused on building relationships and on bringing people together in a common space. To do this the heart of the district Plac Wałowy was opened up to these people. CCI created a temporary urban structure that can be used for meetings, workshops, sharing the history of the place, playing games, and imagining a better future. They were encouraging people to use the space and to connect with it, by thinking what they could do there and how the place could fulfil their needs and be filled with their ideas, emotions and activities.
One of the main challenges is the loss of local spirit in the district as it is visibly difficult for locals to find places in which to make the neighbourhood theirs. Many locals have no ties to the area other than through their work or residence. One could describe the district as a non-space. There is social diffusion, a lack of identity, and various barriers which cut the area off from the rest of the city.
There is a feeling of distrust towards the authorities as locals feel that communication and information dissemination is lacking. On top of this, the revitalisation programme is currently experiencing delays.
This project seeks to find a way for the place to live and thrive so the people living, working, and studying there feel warmth towards it and engage in it's future.
When working in a place with weak connections inside the community and between residents and the place it can be very difficult to rise the spirit of collaboration. Curators: This has taught us that we need to go outside and meet the people where they live. It has shaped our plan for the activities we want to organize in the public space of the district.