Góra Kalwaria - Information Processes in Urban Planning 2016/2017

Below you may find links to this year projects done during the Information Processes in Urban Planning project class by students of the second semester of Architecture for Knowledge course. The course was tutored by dr inż. arch. Małgorzata Hanzl and mgr inż. arch. Lia Bezerra.

Rehabilitation of the downtown. Top-down participation scenario. Work by students: Joanna Ogińska, Beata Pająk, Paulina Rodzeń


Central densification. Developer's approach to citizens' involvement. Work by students: Aleksandra Grzybek, Kalyan Teja Bulla, Hang Yu Li


Rehabilitation of railway station neighbourhood. Bottom-up participatory approach. Work by students: Magdalena Koczewska, Sonia Molenda, Magda Stępniak



New Centre of Lodz_ project_results

New Centre of Lodz Project Summary
ASK course, Information Processes in Urban Planning project
Tutor dr inż. arch. Małgorzata Hanzl
Project requirements assumed preparation of design proposals itself and the scenario of public participation in urban design and implementation phase.

1. ECO Grid
Students: inż. arch. Stanisław Ignaciuk, inż. arch. Dagna Badowska

Project page

[Alternative ecological thinking about the project site, very interesting and friendly]

2. Lodz by DreamTeam
Students: inż. arch. Jacek Sochacki, inż. arch. Łukasz Mieleszkiewicz, inż. arch. Otto Kuś

Project page

[A project which fulfills the assumptions with regard to required surfaces without constructing tower blocks. Very interesting spaces below the construction.]

3. A Bold and Beautiful
Students: inż. arch. Maciej Dylewski, inż. arch. Maciej Kurkowski, inż. arch. Aleksandra Sidor, inż. arch. Magdalena Słupeczańska

Project page

[Very classical urban composition.]

4. Pub_Part
Students: inż. arch. Karolina Mazur, inż. arch. Tomasz Brzostowski, inż. arch. Katarzyna Stępniak, inż. arch. Maciej Sutuła

Project page

[The idea of creation of market type space, justified by textile trade traditions]

5. Project Lodz
Students: inż. arch. Ewa Jankowska, inż. arch. Laura Trzeciakowska, inż. arch. Małgorzata Bogdańska

Project page

[Very evident and thus natural formal solution to given preconditions]


Invitation to Bologna

Below there is the invitation to participate in the International Workshop on Urban and Architectural Design in Bologna, about the general theme of “Architecture and the city in the time of crisis” adressed to Architecture for Society of Knowledge students. Please let me know who is interested.
Dates: 30 May, 31 May , workshop is going to start from 9 a.m. and last till 8 p.m.

Bologna, March 7th 2012

Dear Prof. Małgorzata Hanzl

I wish to inform you that the Department of Architecture and Territorial Planning (DAPT) of the University of Bologna, is organizing a 2 days International Workshop on Urban and Architectural Design in Bologna, about the general theme of “Architecture and the city in the time of crisis”.

The period will be preferably 30 to 31 May 2012 (or possibly 23 to 24 May 2012).

I would like to invite you to participate, with a representative group of your best students.

The initiative is coordinated by DAPT, with collaboration and patronage of the Legislative Assembly of Regione Emilia Romagna, the Municipality of Bologna, Urban Center Bologna and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna.

We have already received confirmation of the presence of Prof. Jean Marie Billa from ENSAP (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux), and we are contacting Prof. Izabela Mironowicz of the Wroclaw Technical University in order to have a group of students from there.

Looking forward to your reply,


Prof. Giorgio Praderio (giorgio.praderio@unibo.it)

Prof. Alessio Erioli (alessio.erioli@unibo.it)

Prof. Andrea Luccaroni (andrea.luccaroni@unibo.it)

Prof. Francesco Fulvi (francesco.fulvi@unibo.it)

Original document
Download file "120306 lettera Hanzl invito EN.doc"


Urban process simulation

The contemporary urban planning means not only making a project, a design but also managing a strategic process of project implementation. When wanting to achieve the genuine social participation in the process this becomes a sine qua non condition of the success. This was the subject of our very first task: to realise that without supporting the process our projects, although beautiful and well done, may become a failure.

A symbolic representation of a project was an egg - a fragile thing which needs careful treatment.

The support was to be achieved with the use of some tools provided, although we all have deeply in our minds that these tools represent creation of social capital, managing the participatory process, etc.

Our tools here:


The team of successful creators took to work. The results may be observed in the following blog entries.


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Group III: an egg got stacked in the paper tunnel. Let's say that a project got stacked in the quarrels, battles, discussions, disputes - quite a common situation, isn't it?


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Group II: These students succeeded to prepare the careful treatment for the falling down egg. They were able to predict the consequences of sequence of following actions - this time in small scale.


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Group I: The formal (and nice from the point of view of the form) solution used at the very last moment of the process occurred to be not enough to succeed. Also quite common situation.


Great final

Group I
Results : 3 broken eggs, lots of fun :-)

Group I

Group II


III group - an egg got stacked in the paper tunnel:

Group IIIHard efforts but...

Final photos:

And the most important result: We all know already that urban planning process must be well prepared, with lot of care :)


Scrambled eggs_preparatory phase

Record of todays workshop activities for Information Processes in Urban Planning: PROCESS MODELLING

Exercise lasted exactly thirty minutes starting from 13.30 and ending at 14.00. After the trial took place.

13.46 - I Group (Leszek Włochyński, Paulina Kowalczyk, Michał Miszkurka) still thinking, slowly started producing the tool, but changing the conceptions.
Group I
13.46 - II GROUP (Agata Wierzbicka, Ewa Stankiewicz, Jasiek Rubel) seems quite decided, started producing the tools, during the process some additional ideas appear.
13.46 - III Group (Semir Poturak, Kiryl Karvat) decided upon the idea from the very beginning, the realisation phase advanced, verifying the idea.
13.50 All groups are working hard.
13.55 Really tough task, the last minutes left.

Attention - the final phase has started:


Fragile things

The title of the blog is inspired by the title of Neil Gaiman's book containing short fiction stories: http://www.amazon.com/Fragile-Things-Short-Fictions-Wonders/dp/0060515236/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_3. I particularly like the one on emperor of China who build a model of his emperium as an island. Just have a look at it - there are many threads closely connected with our considerations on GIS, modelling and simulations.

"The tale is the map which is the territory. You must remember this.
There was an emperor of China almost two thousand years ago who became obssessed by the notion of mapping the land that he ruled. He had China re-created in miniature on an island which he had constructed at great expense and, incidentally, a certain amount of loss of life (for the water was deep and cold) in a lake in the imperial estates. (...)"

To conlude - I just place myself among the followers of Subhrajit Guhathakurta, the author of an important (in my opinion) paper: Urban modelling as storytelling: using simulation models as a narrative: http://eprints.ucl.ac.uk/259/ I am convinced that making a model, drawing a picture and telling a story is a part of the process of communication which has the addressee and a channel of communication. The channel as well as the form of communication must be chosen in a way which is appropriate to the given situation. etc, etc. Thus modelling is only a mean to get to the purpose not the purpose itself.

I've decided to put here some considerations which repeat in many comments to your work. Just to avoid repeating them for many times - I will link to the entries here.


Geospatial Revolution Project

I'd like to recommend you the great introduction to Geographic Information Systems http://geospatialrevolution.psu.edu/ and at the same time turn your attention to the great library of education resources which may be useful in explaining some simple or quite complicated issues. Or - if you prefer - I'm just testing the tool.