Summer Study of a City: The Open Form

Realised projects by Oskar (1922-2005) and Zofia (1924-2013) Hansen, one of the most widely discussed architectural duos in the postwar history of Poland, were taken aboard for the two-week duration of the Urban Summer School.  

The international, interdisciplinary project was yet another event within the Visions and Experiences Summer School dedicated to urban topics and initiated by the Centre for Urban History in East-Central Europe in Lviv. We invited students, doctoral students, researchers and young professionals active in the field of architecture, urban planning, art and design to participate in the project. We also invited representatives of other fields within the Arts and Humanities (history, sociology, fine arts, anthropology and more). Our invitation was addressed to people interested in the functioning and the future of modernist housing estates.  

The publication offers a summary of workshops held in late August/early September 2018 in Lublin, Warsaw and Szumin. 18 people from over a dozen countries participated in the project titled Summer Study of a City: The Open Form. Aside from the National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning, the workshops were organised by the Ukrainian Centre for Urban History of East-Central Europe which had run similar workshops in Ukraine. Over the course of this edition, the participants worked, shared the results of their research, and pondered over the legacy of the Open Form idea proposed by Zofia and Oskar Hansen. The publication contains texts describing particular elements of the project along with their progress and conclusion. It is accompanied by photographs, drawings and diagrams. 

This trilingual publication (English, Polish, Ukrainian) is free of charge, to be collected from the NIAiU office.  


Summer Study of a City: The Open Form, post-workshop publication 

Publisher: National Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning 

Warsaw 2019 

ISBN: 978-83-951542-3-2