9TH WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION FESTIVAL. CENTRAL SQUARE: A STEP FORWARD
For the 9th edition of Warsaw Under Construction festival BudCud realized a largescale installation on the Parade Square in Warsaw, that consisted of a colour intervention ‚Squares within Square’, 8 baugespann and speculative archeology pavilion ‚The Square Post’. Installation, by the means of fragmentary prototypes, analogies and spatial sketches, shows the character and size of the future Central Square.
A colour intervention in Parade Square outlines the area of the future square in order to raise awareness of the scale of the planned public space. The existing surface of Parade Square has been covered with real-scale graphic representations of famous public squares: Old Town Market Square in Warsaw, Place des Vosges in Paris, Piazza del Campo in Siena and Times Square in New York. The squares help to identify contemporary problems of urban public spaces and related development projects. The graphic is bordered with baugespann structures: Swiss planning devices that mark height and size of the future buiding. In Warsaw art duo DWA ZETA designed dedicated flags that were put on the baugespann tops.
The Square Post is an open pavilion of speculative archeology of the past, present and futre, that marks the north-eastern corner of the future Central Square. It is located near Marszałkowska St., in the place where the designed edifices of the TR Warszawa theatre and the Museum of Modern Art will meet. The Post is a venue of discussions about the qualities that good public space in the centre of Warsaw should demonstrate. It serves the needs of meetings, functions as the starting point of guided tours of the square and marks the zone of educational activities. The Post has a simple engineering-like character. Its monochrome appearance was inspired by colours of museum (white) and theatre (black) facades. The pavilion roof covers formally austere geometrical pieces of furniture. One of them recreates the shape of the museum building arcade, the other imitates the planned auditorium of the theatre and a structure of its facade, whereas the prominent column and a lamp bear reference to the scale and style of the Palace of Culture, which towers above the site. Thus, the Post functions as a device that reflects the size and array of elements of small architecture that the square may feature in the future. At the same time, it addresses in a metaphorical way the main problems in shaping public space of the future square by highlighting its more ephemeral components, such as light, shade and greenery.