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Sea City for Public Activity – Community Planning Workshop


Last weekend (22th-24th May 2015) in the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia, we organized Sea City for Public Activity – Community Planning Workshop, aimed at young urban designers and researchers. The workshop was held under the auspices of the Society of Polish Town Planners and the Mayor of Gdynia. The media patronage of the event included: Warehouse Town, Architecture & Business, Urbnews and Radio Gdańsk.

During the opening panel, we presented the results of research conducted among residents of the city with the use of StructView FRAME technology. The research took place in Gdynia InfobOx – Change Observatory and the Laboratory of Social Innovation PSTP Gdynia on 18-22.05.2015. Speakers’ presentations and their discussion with the audience who gathered in Sala Kinowa in PPNT Gdynia provided a substantive basis for further work by the participants.

The panel was opened with a video conference with Grzegorz Buczek. The Vice President of the Society of Polish Town Planners talked about the legal aspects of public consultations in Poland and their translation into real opportunities for action. Director of the Planning Office of the City of Gdynia Marek Karzyński presented a vision for Downtown New Gdynia, Sea City, set against a background of the development of the city. Łukasz Pancewicz of the Municipal Urban Planning in Lodz elaborated on the topic of participation in urban planning, by providing local examples of application of these methods as well as examples from abroad.

After a research walk in the area of so called Fisherman’s Pier (Molo Rybackie) and its immediate surroundings, workshop participants conducted a field research among the residents of Gdynia. Divided into four design teams, they created alternative visions for inclusion of the proposed area into the physical and social fabric of the city. The final presentations (using StructView model) were evaluated by a jury composed of: Barbara Marchwicka (Spatial Planning Office of Gdynia, district councilor Gdynia-Orlowo), Agnieszka Jurecka (Laboratory for Social Innovation PSTP Gdynia, Initiative city) and Martyna Adamczak (StructView). The winning project was created by Marta Fabijańska, Marta Fass, Przemyslaw Barszczewski and Piotr Żelaznowski.