Silesia – Revival
60 design students + young professionals
6 extra activities
30 July till 14 August 2021
What is a MEDS Workshop?
MEDS “Meetings of Design Students” Workshop is an international workshop that takes part each summer in a different country, focusing on various issues, themes, topics and settings that will help any designer expand their expertise. It is a chance to get in touch with diverse approaches to design, different building techniques, traditions and skills. MEDS Workshop is both practical and educational because it focuses not only on creative theoretical designs, but actually compels participants to execute these designs during the 2-week span of the workshop. You can apply to MEDS as a tutor or as a participant.
The theme – Revival
The urban and architectural context of Silesia as an industrial space of mines, smelters and factories translates into a very specific sense of Silesian identity. Industrial context and identity allows us to reflect on the issue of transformation. Transformation that has already taken place, and the one that can potentially occur for the future of Silesia.
Context, Identity and Transformation, three main categories of the MEDS REVIVAL theme are carried out through three main fields of action: Ecology, Society and Revitalization.
Silesia had a completely different history than other regions of Poland and for almost 600 years the region did not belong to Poland until the end of World War I…
Since the 9th century, Upper Silesia has been part of first: Greater Moravia, then the Duchy of Bohemia, the Piast Kingdom of Poland, again of the Lands of the Bohemian Crown and the Holy Roman Empire, and then part of Habsburg Monarchy, later the Kingdom of Prussia and German Empire later… After the Second World War it was placed under the administration of the Republic of Poland. As you can see our history is really interesting, and this year will be a great opportunity to get to know more about it !
There is a very strong Silesian identity in the historical region of Silesia and more than 800,000 people define themselves as part of a different nation.
Ecology concerns the shift from the commercial industrial mindset to a sustainable one. which is both physical (creating eco-friendly projects that are to be put in the public space) and as well an attempt to shift the citizens’ mentality.
Social aspect of the workshops serves to encourage the inhabitants of the Silesian cities to engage in the changes that are done and can be done in their nearest environment. MEDS participants and the citizens will brainstorm and work together to change the image of Katowice’s backyards.
Revitalization very directly refers to the refreshment of the historical spaces and bringing back their liveliness.
As well as the impact of these changes, hopefully they will result in a revitalised identity of the citizens. more and more proud to be Silesian with all the implications that derive from the mixture of old and revived.
Gallery of Reflections
Main intention behind “Gallery of Reflections” was to create an interactive installation within a natural environment connected to everyday residential life.
Grid of the city
This project is an experience of light and sound. Its landmark within the microscopic scale of the site. The mosaic is a unique element in the city of Tychy that not only has a historic point but also has unique landmarks.
The Green Pavilion is a design challenge on many levels. Creating the best conditions for the hop plants and a pleasant place to rest for people while fitting into the historic fabric of the brewery was the main concept of the project.
We warmly invite you to visit the Wabi Sabi tunnel and learn about Silesian legends! Project location – the tunnel by the City Point shopping center in Tychy. Let the flow of Melusine guide you through the tunnel filled with wonders of the Silesian legends.
New Voice of the City
Main idea is to take inspiration from the current image of the city and create artistic photographs. By documentating culture, people, landscape and architecture and interaction between this subjects true identity of the city was found.
Organizers of MEDS ’21
Magda Starożenko-Polak: Workshop Manager
Kamila Haja: Workshop Manager
Michalina Brokos: Graphic Design & Social Media
Sandra Przepiórkowska: Social Media
Ewelina Szczepanowska: Media
Blanka Przedpełska: Social Media & Project Support
Katarzyna Prokopiuk: Project Support
Aleksandra Rysak: Project Support
Iga Sowa: Project Support
Katarzyna Mizera: Project Support