Mobile Mega Flower Pots

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): Warsaw City Council
  • Contact person: Magdalena Wrzesień (architect, Aleksandra Wiktorko (landscape architect). stowarzyszenie@odblokuj.org
  • Year of implementation: 2011
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Poland
  • Region: Mazovia
  • Town: Warsaw
  • Size of area: 80000 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • other: unknown EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned - names of the institutions

    • other: OdBlokuj Association and Warsaw City council
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Identified new functions for structures from the era of socialism in 1945 - 1989).

      The project Mobile Mega Flower Pots in Polish (Mobile Mega Donice – the abbreviation MMD also stands for Marszałkowska Dzielnica Mieszkaniowa. It was one of the flagship residential projects in Poland in early 1950s) is an attempt to find a method to implement a temporary arrangement for public space. A simple form of pots is not only for the plants’ composition but also it is also an element of small architecture that allows to build a variety of systems for ground floor gardens. The MMD concept is close to the idea of so called “pocket gardens” – small public greenery implemented on the empty, undeveloped parcels. The pocket gardens allow to create a friendly public space without the need for complicated process of transformation in urban scale. It is a temporary installation that transformed empty spaces of plac Konstytucji (Konstytucji square) into meeting place and a space for short breaks during a day for people living and passing by.

    III. SUPPLEMENT

    Marszałkowska Dzielnica Mieszkaniowa or MDM (Marszałkowska Residential District) was intended as a showcase example of architecture of Socialist Realism. The axis of the MDM urban plan was plac Konstytucji mapped out along ul. Marszałkowska – the only post-war square designed end-to-end in Warsaw. The square was lined by residential buildings. The project Mobile Mega Flower Pots is implemented as a part of the initiative Yellow Line, which is an answer to the longing for a friendly neighbourhood space for different age groups. Yellow Line implements temporary structures and small-scale interventions that may permanently affect the locations and its inhabitants.

    Web site: www.odblokuj.org/zl/zl.htm