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Conference Exhibition

DAY 1// Design & Conflict

  • Date: 26.01.2018
  • Time: 12:00 am
  • Location: Zamek Cieszyn , Ul. Zamkowa 3 a, b, c , Cieszyn

DAY 1: Friday/ 26.01.2018

16.00 // Opening of Human Cities Exhibition Challenging the City Scale
Location: Border guards building on a Friendship Bridge

17.00–19.00 // Conference: Design & Conflict
Location: Zamek Cieszyn

17:00–17:15 // Welcome word: Ewa Gołębiowska, director of Zamek Cieszyn

17.15–17.30 // Introduction: Monika Klonowska, psychologist, a coach and a consultant

17.30 // Debate with; Rafał Kołodziej, specialist in design thinking, value co-creation and innovation, Monika Klonowska, psychologist, a coach and a consultant, Paweł Jaworski , architect , “Fix your city” coordinator , a specialist in urban design and Jarosław Gwizdak, judge, chairperson from a district court.

19.00 // Conclusion by Tadeusz Sławek, poet, translator, essayist, professor of comparative literature


Located on the Polish-Czech borderland, Cieszyn is the smallest town on the Human Cities map. The Castle Cieszyn crew together with local partners are working on an experimental process related to public transport. Our experience has shown that even such a service as communication IN A SMALL TOWN is a field of constant conflicts: between pedestrians and drivers, cyclists and cars, residents’ needs and the needs of carriers, the right to parking space and the right to piece and greenery etc.

Therefore, the word CONFLICT appears as the main theme of the meeting of Human Cities partners in Cieszyn and the symbolic Castle’s birthdays. Not without a reason. Whether we like it or not, the city is a space of conflicts. To solve that it takes DIALOGUE. The dialogue may result in PARTICIPATION – a joint action that can prevent conflicts, or at least alleviate them.

Human Citizens will take part in workshops, discussion panels and meetings - mostly open to the public. Using the experience and knowledge of the Human Cities’ partners to develop ideas that will help improve the quality of communication in the city.

Will the opening of a new station in Cieszyn prove to be a sufficient incentive for residents to get on the train or the bus? Is it possible to limit the number of cars in the city and realistically improve the quality of life? Zamek Cieszyn has invited experts from various fields to participate in the event and to show tools that could solve problems.

Zamek Cieszyn (Castle Cieszyn) is the first regional centre of design in Poland. It has been promoting good design as the key to regional development since 2005. Through exhibitions, specialist workshops and conferences, the center helps implement design that improves quality of life.

Since the foundation of the design centre in Cieszyn that is for the past 13 years Castle Cieszyn has organized its symbolic Birthday at the beginning of the year. It is an opportunity to meet, summarize, and share experiences and ideas - in an increasingly complex world. Young designers from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, whose most interesting diplomas are presented annually in Cieszyn must not overlook this event.