30 VI - 9 VII 2017

Let’s talk about garbage


30 june - 9 july, 10:00-12:00


PSTP Gdynia
Al. Zwycięstwa 96/98

The exhibition proposed by Kowalski and Szczelina faces the global problem of waste overproduction. Our modern consumerist societies neglect the “after-life” of their mass-produced items, packed-tight in successive layers of plastics. The stake of “Let’s talk about garbage” is an attempt to present new, alternative strategies of coping with the flood of waste pouring down the streets of our cities.

The creators of the exhibition show how architecture can stimulate the reduction of the amount of waste and how it can take part in the process of recycling.

Designing disposable or short-lived items, usually made of plastics that will decompose in landfills for hundreds or even thousands of years, contributes to creating masses of carelessly generated waste. The exhibition present the life cycles of some discarded items – their collection, sorting, processing and reuse. Such processes as recycling, upcycling (i.e. recycling which raises the value of the processed material) or product design which take into account its future processing propose solutions to the problem of waste overproduction.


  • Hugon Kowalski - architect, has been working as an adjunct at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design of the University of Fine Arts in Poznań. Kowalski was the first Pole to receive the prestigious Archiprix International Hunter Douglas Award for the best 2009 -­2011 architectural diploma in the world. In 2010, on his fourth year at University, Kowalski founded his own architecture office – UGO Architecture, which has been developing to this day. Marcin Szczelina - architecture critic and curator based in Warsaw. An expert of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award. The founder of the Architecture Snob a platform for testing the boundaries of architecture. The author of numerous texts devoted to contemporary architecture. A correspondent for Domus Magazine.

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