M3 Odblokuj! Platforma działań przestrzennych i artystycznych – M3 Unblock it! A Platform of spatial and artistic activities
The aim of the project was the symbolic transfer of a model of a typical ‘70s flat to the public space. The structure of the flat became a framework for various events, exhibitions, and meetings related to culture, architecture, history, and nature.
The depiction of the M3 flat in the green area of the Valley was supposed to provoke a discussion on the improvement of life quality and the use of green areas.
The following activities were realised in the course of the project:
From a settlement surrounded by orchards, through house factories, to the contemporary blocks of flats – an exhibition on the history of Służew nad Dolinką and the possible scenarios for the future of the estate. The exhibition was accompanied by two discussion meetings and a walk.
Is it possible to live in the miniature space of the standard two-bedroom apartment? Five young interior designers presented methods of its arrangement, adapting the space to the needs of various types of residents (e.g. singles, seniors, families with children, or students).
Two actions were organised along with the exhibition:
POGOTOWIE MIESZKANIOWE – HOUSING EMERGENCY SERVICE (01.09 and 03.09.2011)
The authors of the presented metamorphoses advised how to change your flat.
POGOTOWIE BALKONOWE – BALCONY EMERGENCY SERVICE
A landscape designer gave practical advice on how to create a real garden on a small balcony.
A series of photographs showing the unknown face of the area.
Cities are not just buildings, cities are people. Let’s get to know each other! A series of portraits of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood were created and exhibited during the action.
LETNIE KINO – SUMMER CINEMA (2011: 31.08, 03.09, 07.09, 10.09)
Polish comedies featuring blocks of flats.
For children and adults
1.DOM Z NICZEGO (A HOUSE OUT OF NOTHING) 27.08.2011 – How to use natural materials for building?
2.OD WSI DO MIASTA (FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE TO THE CITY) 28.08.2011 – How did the inhabitants of this area live before the blocks were constructed?
3.MALUJEMY BLOKI (LET’S PAINT THE BLOCKS) 03.09.2011 – Can colour and imagination change the grey blocks?
4.MAKSYMALNE KONSTRUKCJE (MAXI CONSTRUCTIONS) 04.09.2011 – Who can build the highest construction?
5.FABRYKA DOMÓW (HOUSE FACTORY) 10.09.2011
6.OD BLOKOWISKA DO MIASTA (FROM THE BLOCKS TO THE CITY) 11.09.2011 – How to breathe life into the houses built in our factory?
Together with its residents, we revive the area of Dolinka Służewiecka
Around the SND 1970+ exhibition
What is the identity of the SND housing estate and its residents? What are their problems? What is its potential? What are the possible directions of its development? 31.08.2011
The beginnings, urban planning premises, present condition, and the future of Służew were discussed with the estate designers, representatives of SND Housing Cooperative, and young architects. 07.09.2011
From St Catherine’s church to large panel buildings – a walk around SND. 28.08.2011
A creative look at the area
· 0.01 m³ /Tomasz Gancarczyk. Microinterventions in the crowns of trees
Odblokuj (Unblock) – the Association for the Improvement of the Living Environment:
Residents of the Służew district, families, children, parents, seniors. Persons of all age groups, residents of the nearby Służew housing estate. Local NGOs and local authorities.
Role of design
The influence of design thinking is clearly visible in the project. The M3 pavilion was created by architects and designers. The project’s visual identity was consistent and well designed and the general concept of the project was well planned. It was based on the idea that architecture and design have the power to catalyse social processes related to the living space and that temporary constructions and interventions on a small scale can have a lasting influence on a place as well as activate the social capital of its residents.
CONTACT (of the editor)
Anna Pilch – Organization : Stowarzyszenie na rzecz poprawy środowiska mieszkalnego „Odblokuj” Odblokuj (Unblock) – the Association for the Improvement of the Living Environment – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org