Narratives about architecture

Keywords: architectural heritage, post-industrial architecture, architectural protection


Contemporary research on cities has shifted its focus from analysing formal features to aspects related to change and interaction dynamics. Seeing a city with its architecture as a system of mutual interactions and connections enables us to consider and analyse the relation­ships, processes, heterogeneous meanings and interpretative possibilities.

Thanks to this approach, we can explore diverse narratives focusing on architectural objects, shaped by, among others, changing social, political or economic conditions, as well as those resulting from the implementation of various conservation concepts.

The article presents these issues primarily with reference to creating contemporary narratives and, at the same time, reinterpreting architectural heritage important for the local community.

It is a particularly interesting and current issue, given the fact that, in contrast to other fields of art, the analysis of architecture is still dominated by an approach which defines objects in a static, objective and finite way.

Author Biography

Julia Sowińska-Heim, Institute of History of Art, Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Łódź, Poland

Art historian, Assistant Professor at the Department of Art History at the University of Lodz. Currently, she is focusing her research interest mainly on adaptive reuse of architectural heritage. She is a member of the interna­tional expert committee of the Belgian Research Foundation and vice president of the standing commission on Łódźcentre of the Revival Committee. In the academic 2017/2018 she was a voluntary research assistant at Universiteit Hasselt. She carried out the research, among others during the internship and the individual grant (Special Research Fund) awarded by the Universiteit Hasselt in Belgian.

Author and co-author of 50 publications, among others an author of a book Tansforma­cje i redefinicje. Adaptacja dziedzictwa architektonicznego do nowej funkcji a zachowanie ciągłości historycznej miejsca (2018) and co-author of an article Community Initiatives as a Catalyst for Regeneration of Heritage Sites: Vernacular Transformation and its In­fluence on the Formal Adaptive Reuse Practice (2018), published in the international Elsevier‘s journal “Cities” (WoS publication).


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