edited by: Anna Ptak
graphic design: Krzysztof Pyda
publisher: Zachęta — Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warszawa 2018
Publication date: 10.07.2018
Where did the term ‘amplifying nature’ come from? What does it mean that light oscillation, gravity and water circulation are materials of architecture? Where in the history of Polish architecture do we look for planetary design? Can a building be as dynamic as a climate? What has the roof got us used to and can we get unused to it?
The book that accompanies the Amplifying Nature exhibition, presented with the participation of CENTRALA — Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis, with the collaboration of Iza Tarasewicz and Jacek Damięcki at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia, uses examples of local Warsaw projects, proposing a reconfiguration of the narratives
on architecture-in-nature and nature-in-architecture. In its optics, a planetary scale is necessary for architectural analysis: the Earth in a geological-astronomical system as a system supporting life as we know it.
The structure of the book is based on six parts, corresponding to six areas of the composite concept of amplifying nature. Issues are discussed in conversations with researchers from various felds: palaeobiologist and geologist Jan Zalasiewicz, geographer Matthew Gandy, biologist Monika Słupecka-Ziemilska, writer Amitav Ghosh and architects Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis (CENTRALA), and Jacek Damięcki. Other articles include a selective review of the studio’s previous projects seen from the perspective of the material analysis of architecture by Magdalena Roszkowska, as well as an introduction by the curator, discussing this particular practice-based theory.
The publication is enriched with illustrative material — original photographs by Anna Zagrodzka, original diagrams and associative atlases of visual archival materials.
26.05 – 25.11.201816th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaAmplifying Nature
The project Amplifying Nature is based on the premise that architecture is part of processes occurring on a planetary scale. According to the authors of the exhibition—curator Anna Ptak and architects Małgorzata Kuciewicz and Simone De Iacobis of the CENTRALA collective—it serves not only to offer protection from nature, but is inherently connected with phenomena such as gravitation, water circulation, or the day-night cycle.Polish Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di VeneziaPolish Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Amplifying nature : the planetary imagination of architecture in the anthropocene [The Polish Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia : 16 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura : Partezipazioni Nazionali]katalogi
Warszawa : Zachęta - Narodowa Galeria Sztuki , 2018
- booksJanicka & Wilczyk. Other CityCatalogue of the exhibition
- booksViews 2013 – Deutsche Bank Foundation AwardCatalogue of the exhibition
- booksRomano kher. On Roma art, aesthetics and experienceBook (in Polish)
- booksImpossible ObjectsCatalogue of the exhibition
- booksTaking care of the collectionBook (in Polish)
- booksHenryk TomaszewskiThe book
- booksMagdalena Więcek. Affecting the eyeExhibition catalogue (in Polish)