A lecture of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Art.
“Concrete Land. House for Everyone” is a book about the history of mass construction, housing estates for thousands of inhabitants and large prefabricated houses. They are everywhere, from the metropolis to the smallest towns. All over the world, not only in the countries of former Eastern Europe. So numerous that it is difficult to ignore them, and at the same time so blended into the landscape of 21st-century cities that they are almost unnoticeable on a daily basis. Common, yet provocative, often hated and consciously pushed out of sight, overgrown with myths. At least 12 million Poles live in blocks of flats and block housing estates. It is a universal experience shared by the tenants of the concrete land of Krakow, Radom, Berlin, London or the suburbs of Paris – yet each of them has their own story to tell.
Beata Chomątowska – writer, journalist, president of the Association of Socio-Cultural Initiatives Stacja Muranów, permanent associate of Tygodnik Powszechny. Author of books: “Muranów Station”, “Lachert and Szanajca”, “Palace. Intimate Biography”, “Concrete Land”, and a novel “You meet your true friends in Breda”. Currently, she is writing another one. She comes from Krakow, and lives in Warsaw.
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