Urban trail in Tychy: from socialism to post-modernism

I. IDENTIFICATION
  • Investor (key institution): City Council of Tychy
  • Contact person: Muzeum Miejskie w Tychach 43-100 Tychy, ul. Katowicka 9 tel. 32/ 327 18 21 www.muzeummiejskie.tychy.pl
  • Year of implementation: 2011
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Poland
  • Region: Silesia
  • Town: Tychy
  • Size of area: 82000 m2
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: 217300 EUR

    Source per every institution

    • EU fonds: 185.000 EUR
    • regional: 32.300 EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned - names of the institutions

    • EU fonds: ERDF
    • regional: RPOWŚ - Regional Operational Programme for Silesia Region 2007-2013
    II. TYPOLOGY
    1. Improved attractiveness of the architecture of the socialist buildings.
    2. Identified new functions for structures from the era of socialism in 1945 - 1989).

      The urban trail in Tychy is a unique project to present the socialist heritage in attractive way and at the same time introducing a new – tourist - function into the industrial city with large housing estates built from 1950 onwards. The city of Tychy has an important advantage: one will find here concepts of urban planning and architectural works of the entire post-war period, from 1950 onwards. As if it was a large open-air exhibition. Housing estates and facilities built in subsequent years are arranged in an attractive sightseeing route - from the monuments of social realism to the works of postmodernism. All this in a relatively small area that can be explored during a several hours’ stroll. This makes Tychy increasingly attractive for experts in architecture and urban planning, researchers of changing trends in the art of design of the post-war period, as well as sociologists of the city.

    III. SUPPLEMENT

    The estates and individual objects of Tychy were designed by eminent architects (Kazimierz Wejchert and Hanna Adamczewska (later Adamczewska-Wejchert)), who received numerous awards for their designs and their implementation. During the construction of the city new technological and design solutions were devised and implemented. Subsequent estates were built according to the changing concepts of urban planning: from the conscious references to traditional small-town arrangements with peripheral development (frontages along the streets and squares, as in estates “A”, “B” and “C”) to the modernist solutions, consistent with the spirit of modern design common in Europe since the turn of 1950s and 1960s.

    Web site: www.unikatowetychy.pl/en, mapaprzemian-tychy.blogspot.com/2011/11/od-socrealizmu-do-postmodernizmu.html