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New Centre of Łódź and Kobro Square

The New Centre of Łódź is a pioneer operation on a living city, both in respect of matter and idea. The project will be carried out in an area surrounded by four streets – Tuwima – Sienkiewicza – Narutowicza – Kopcinskiego. Today, it is mostly a dead space around the long unused EC1 thermal power plant and the ruined Łódź Fabryczna railway station which does not fulfil its role anymore. It is 90ha of space which will be redeveloped with totally new infrastructure, connected to culture, transport and services. At the same time, it will be a place which will define the character of Łódź as a city of culture and art for a long time.

The concept of spatial development for the area was prepared by a Luxemburg urban planner, Rob Krier, in 2007. The starting point for the entire project of the New Centre of Łódź is the idea to create a high speed railway line under a city, which will create a connection between Warsaw, Łódź, Poznań and Wrocław. The whole Łódź Fabryczna station and railway infrastructure will be moved underground. The free space on the ground level will be used to create a totally new fragment of the city, containing all elements which a fully functional city-centre should have. Its heart will be the agora which Łódź has never had – the Kobro Square. The urban tissue will grow around it, combining tradition with modernity. Tradition will be represented by the revitalised EC1 complex, which will house Interaktywne Muzeum Techniki (Interactive Museum of Technology). Modernity will be represented by the Special Art Zone – an education and museum centre, which has a chance to become a symbol of the New Centre of Łódź, as well as by a congress and festival centre. This ‘city of art’ will be surrounded by service and housing areas.

The project will not only raise the comfort of living in the city. It has a second face – it is a chance to create the new Łódź identity, the basis for a contemporary, positive Łódźermensch, a European citizen. An urban process of creating a place closely related to culture from the scratch will be coupled with a sociological operation aimed at construction of a platform for exchange of thoughts. Łódź, which has never had a proper centre, ‘the agora’, around which people’s life would concentrate, desperately needs such treatment of the damaged urban tissue.