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What will Warsaw look like in 30 years?

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Zodiak pavilion, presentation of the exhibition
Author: Rafał Motyl

The giant aquarium over Karski Boulevard, the green Silesian-Dąbrowski Bridge and the "hidden" Jerozolimskie Avenue – is this what Warsaw will look like in 2050? From 17 August to 19 September in front of the Zodiak, visitors can see visions of students of the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology – at the exhibition "Warsaw 2050 - the city of the future"

Students present visions of the capital on several boards. Each of them is divided into two parts. One shows what a specific place in Warsaw looks like today, and the other one shows what the same place could look like in 30 years.

In creating their vision of the future city, the students were inspired by the report "Polish Cities of the Future 2050" prepared by Saint-Gobain company in cooperation with the Polish Society for Studies on the Future.

The report was accompanied by a ranking of cities of the future. It takes into account the largest Polish cities and assesses which of them best implement solutions that make the vision of the city of the future a reality. The capital was placed first in it.

The architecture of future cities will depend not only on architects, but also on social factors. Will we work at home or in an office? Will we move in zero-emission vehicles or in rail transport? Will we relax in a real or virtual space? – says Karolina Zdrodowska, the Director and the Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Social Dialogue at the capital's City Hall. – Ideas of specific solutions, but above all questions posed by students are a challenge and an inspiration for us to act. We want to leave an even better city to live, work and develop for the next generations of Warsaw citizens. Perhaps similar to the visions that the students present at the exhibition.

We are pleased that our report is slowly becoming a substantive standard to which other talented young architects refer in their works. They will decide about the appearance of our cities in the future. These visions seem very promising, and from the technological perspective, from which we can easily take a look, we know that they are achievable today – says Michał Ciesielski, director of the brand, communication and digitization of the Saint-Gobain Group in Poland.

Our vision of Warsaw of the future  correlates with the world's observable trends. In this vision, we give the city to Varsovians. That is why, among other things, we hid the well-known today Jerozolimskie Avenue, but most frequently viewed from the perspective of the car, proposing its new version, dedicated to pedestrians. We proposed the development of Podmoście in the Old Town, because it was the desire to combine the Mariensztat, the Royal Gardens and the Boulevards with the architecture of the Old Town. The Silesian-Dąbrowski Bridge, on the other hand, can be a beautiful, friendly green link between the two banks of the Vistula River. Of course we have more proposals. I invite you to visit the exhibition – says Michał Skowroński from the Scientific Circle of Architecture of Tomorrow, the coordinator of the project.

The co-organizers of the exhibition in front of the Zodiak – the Warsaw Pavilion of Architecture – are the capital city of Warsaw and the Saint-Gobain Group. You can watch it until September 18th, free admission.

Full elaboration of the reports: Polish Cities of the Future 2050 and Polish Cities of the Future 2050 Through the Eyes of the Young, together with a description of the methodology of their creation and scenarios of the future can be found at: www.miastaprzyszlosci2050.pl