July 2021 has seen the launch of a new magazine entitled “Architecture Snob”. The publication emerged out of a need to discuss modern architecture and to take a critical look at the surrounding reality. The first issue begins with an interview with Joseph Rykwert, one of the most eminent architectural historians and theorists in the world whose knowledge and achievement go beyond the limits of academia. Rykwert wrote books and taught classes that have influenced several generations of architecture critics, specialists, and enthusiasts alike. Using various perspectives to shed light on architecture, including anthropology, philosophy, and even religious studies, he created an innovative body of work that is essential to contemporary architecture criticism and theory.
In her book Writing About Architecture, art critic Alison Lange wrote: “Buildings are everywhere, large and small, ugly and beautiful, ambitious and dumb. We walk among them and live inside them but are largely passive dwellers in cities of towers, houses, open spaces and shops we had no hand in creating.” “Architecture Snob” wants this to change and invites everybody to a discussion about the space we live in, the objects we surround ourselves with, and places and facilities which we operate in. It’s high time we became more than just their passive users. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Marcin Szczelina, architecture critic and curator, will present the magazine in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona on September 9, in a program that joints Poland architects and architects from Barcelona who have built in Poland.
The motto of the magazine is #architecturematters and its presentation in Barcelona is an opportunity to connect architects and stakeholders from the city with those from Poland and to discuss about those topics tht are currently shaping our lives.
19.00 Introduction. Anna Ramos, Ivan Blasi
19.05 Presentation of the magazine. Marcin Szczelina
19.10 Polish context. Projects in Poland
Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin
Alberto Veiga, Estudio Barozzi Veiga
Multifunctional Concert Hall “Jordanki” in Toruń
Fernando Menis, Menis Arquitectos
Wojciech Małecki, Joanna Małecka, MAŁECCY biuro projektowe
Experience with the University of Silesia Faculty of Radio and Television in Katowice collaborating with Jordi Badia, BAAS Arquitectura
19.55 Poland Now
Elektrownia Powiśle, Riverview
Szymon Wojciechowski, APA Wojciechowski Architekci
Centre for Local Activity
Marlena Wolnik, MWArchitekci
Piotr Grochowski and Wojciech Kolęda, Less is Core
20.40 – 21.10 Discussion. How to design in Poland.
Szymon Wojciechowski, Marlena Wolnik, Piotr Grochowski, Wojciech Koleda, Alberto Veiga, Fabrizio Barozzi, Jordi Badia, Fernando Menis
Moderated by Anna Ramos and Marcin Szczelina
21.15 – 21.35 Live performance, Raf Skowroński, Polish singer.
*Free activity. Previous reservation required