Background

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING

The National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning is a newly established, state-owned cultural institution, acting through campaigns, exhibitions, and educational and editorial activities, with the aim of shaping social awareness, promoting architectural and urban-planning culture, and endeavouring to preserve the national architectural heritage of the twentieth century. The Institute also conducts research on topics related to architecture and urban planning, and disseminates knowledge in these fields. An important part of the Institute’s mission is day-to-day collaboration with architects, local government agencies and public space users in order to improve the quality of public spaces, to find balance in their development, and achieve consensus in the process of their design and planning.

Activities

  • Exhibitions

    Opening of our first exhibition is planned in the autumn of 2018. The centenary of Poland’s regaining independence is an apt occasion to outline the history of changes in the architecture of the past century. One of the goals of the National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning is to promote national architectural culture. We are interested in a broad reflection on fundamental issues concerning the shaping of human habitat, and the space we live in. We would like to present the visitors to the exhibition with one of the possible answers to the following questions: What is the social role of architects and urban planners? How does their activity contribute to the construction of the Polish cultural landscape, and the identity of the places we live in?

  • Publications

    The Institute’s editorial plans include translations of key publications in the field of architecture and urban planning, as well as the development of local architectural studies, distinguished by their high substantive and editorial value.

    The first publication under the honorary patronage of the National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning will be Joseph Rykwert’s discourse On Adam’s House in Paradise, a book of seminal importance to architectural history.

  • Education
  • Scientific studies and research projects
  • Collaboration with architects