Who We Are

centrala

Centrala is a platform where individual quests converge around common goals. It is rather a collective of as many people as a task ahead of them requires. Architects: Małgorzata Kuciewicz, Jakub Szczęsny (http://www.szcz.com.pl) and Simoene De Iacobis constitute Centrala's core. They have been working together on projects for architectural contests, of which majority they won or were awarded prizes. Centrala undertakes actions in many scales ranging from graphics, every-day use objects to furniture, urban objects, interiors, houses, office buildings as well as districts or aglomerations. Apart from participating in contests and workshops Centrala also takes liberty of commenting upon the current state of affairs in Warsaw by means of a series of "decoy projects" published in press.

Grupa projektowa CENTRALA to platforma wspólnych poszukiwań architektów, designerów i artystów min. Małgorzaty Kuciewicz, Jakuba Szczęsnego oraz Simone De Iacobis. Projektowanie to dla nich proces twórczy, który nie może odbywać się w oderwaniu od współczesnej myśli filozoficznej oraz innych dziedzin sztuki. Obok projektów ściśle architektonicznych i urbanistycznych CENTRALA tworzy projekty artystyczne służące krytycznej wypowiedzi na temat polskiej przestrzeni. CENTRALA otrzymała nagrody lub wyróżnienia w wielu  konkursach w których brała udział. Wiele ich projektów to próba wywołania dyskusji społecznej na temat ochrony i rewitalizacji dziedzictwa powojennej awangardy modernistycznej.

CENTRALA TEAM: Krzysztof Banaszewski, Małgorzata Kuciewicz, Jakub Szczęsny, Simone De Iacobis oraz Maciej Dembiński, Tomek Gancarczyk, Borys Lewandowski, Katarzyna Kuźmińska, Tomasz Koczur, Jelena Markovic, Davide Gravino, Anna Pawłowska, Piotr Zbierajewski, Krzysztof Syruć, Michal Supron,

We were asked: “Are you on the pessimism of the mind or in the optimism of the will?” This brialliant quote from Gramsci triggered a vortex of thoughts, a self criticism epiphany. We definitely  stick to the original italian sentence: “Siamo pessimisti con l'intelligenza ma ottimisti per volontà”

 

 

/ Simone De Iacobis

studied architecture in Rome, attended the two years program of a basic and advanced course of photography and afterwards participated in several exhibitions including the “Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma”. Practiced at “Urhahn Urban Design”, Amsterdam; “STAR, strategies + architecture”, Rotterdam; collaborated with “studiometrico”, Milan. Simone achieved prizes both in architectural and photographic competitions. Current fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude.

accomplishments

Equal rank distinction in competition for Architectural design of Concert Hall and architectural development of the real estate Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra (2010)

II prize in competition for the concept of the surrounding of the National Stadium in Warsaw (2008)

II prize in competition for the concept of the Main Railway Station of Wrocław (2008)

Wininng the competition for the sporting hall in Bierun end realizatin of the building (2002&2006)

Other accomplishments:

I prize in the competition for the Akademia Podlaska Humanities Department's building in Siedlce

II prize in competition for Warsaw's Konstytucji square architectural and spatial development concept

II prize in competition for the Park of Sciences and Technology in Lublin

Prize won in the competition for the concept of Warsaw's Foksal quarter developement

Distinction in the concept for spatial development of the paleonthological excavations area in Krasiejów

Distinction in the competition for the Cultural Centre in Grodzisk Mazowiecki

 
Małgorzata Kuciewicz

studied in Warsaw, Montpellier and Tampere, experienced MC Berlage Institute-Amsterdam and several EASA workshops. She has been writing on architecture, researching perception of space, developing her unique ideas of interior design. Guest tutor in several workshops. In frame of the Warsaw Critical Tourism Project she tells tourists all about hidden urban history on her themed tours of the city. Current fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude.

Studiowała architekturę w Warszawie, Montpellier i Tampere, doświadczenie zdobywała w Berlage Institute w Amsterdamie i na warsztatach EASA. Laureatka nagród i wyróżnień w konkursach architektonicznych, autorka i współautorka indywidualnie zaprojektowanych wnętrz, obiektów architektonicznych, wystaw, a także projektów służących pobudzeniu refleksji nad przestrzenią miast. Zajmuje się badaniem, popularyzacją, a także działaniem na rzecz zachowania i rewitalizacji wartościowego dziedzictwa architektury i urbanistyki. Pracuje nad projektem Warsaw Critical Tourism ukazującym wyjątkowość Warszawy jako przypadku urbanistycznego. Obecnie rezydentka Akademie Schloss Solitude.

Krzysztof Banaszewski

graduated at WAPW in 2000, was on a scholarship at the architectural department of Technische Universitaet in Darmstadt. His professional experience includes working for international design companies. Currently, he co-operates with KJJ archtectural studio. Guest tutor in several workshops.

Jakub Szczęsny

studied architecture in Warsaw (WAPW), Paris (Paris-la-Defense) and Barcelona (ETSAB), since 2008 involved in extra-architectural projects in PolandIsrael and Palestinian Autonomy with leading Polish and foreign curators and art institutions. Guest tutor in several workshops.

http://www.szcz.com.pl

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