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EC1 ARTTRACTION RAILWAY JOURNAL

To build a city once again – this is the only project in Poland of such a scale and breadth. Great challenge, to reconcile precious inspirations coming from the history of Łódź with the creation of the NEW. Heroic courage of a sculptress Katarzyna Kobro, whose name the Market of the New Centre of Łódź will bear, patronizes it. Artistic look, originality, authenticity, revelatory character of her work are impossible to falsify, the same as the true spirit of the city. In designing new Łódź and its elements, which we will discuss in the following issues of „EC1 ARTTRACTION RAILWAY JOURNAL”, the most important is to seek ways to build a community. The New Centre’s heart will be the Special Art Zone – a place radiating with energy, attraction for Łódź’s citizens and tourists – adjoining an underground railway station. Thanks to art, Łódź will change its face: not only its image but also character and functions. Like industry in the past, culture will become a fly-wheel of city’s development today.

 

 
Cezary Grabarczyk

minister of infrastructure and transport

When  in 1999 I was appointed the voivode of Łódź, one of the entrepreneurs told me that he had an idea how to quickly connect Łódź and Warsaw, without waiting for motorways. He wanted to create private railway with a modern rolling stock. It was for the first time that I heard of plans to create a fast connection between these two cities. Yet, it turned out that a super-modern train is not enough, the whole line and infrastructure need to be modernized – track way, power network and also telecommunications network. At high speeds these factors shall be of great importance as fast trains are run by electronic systems which need man’s supervision only.

 
Cultural Tournament of the Cities

Łódź is winning in Polish cities ranking of „Polityka” evaluating the chances for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2016. Our chief assets are attractive post-factory spaces, modern use of traditions of a multicultural city, honorary committee with Daniel Libeskind and Karl Dedecius, new edifices of the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra and Museum of Art, famous events such as the Dialogue of Four Cultures Festival and Camerimage.
PIOTR SARZYŃSKI

 
ACCELERATOR KALEIDOSCOPE

MARIA POPRZĘCKA

Łódź Fabryczna station, like most of Polish railway stations, is neglected, dirty and off-putting. Its surroundings are even worse: spray writings made by supporters of a local football team, hordes of cars parked virtually everywhere, casserole booths and a chaotic and inert city tissue. The renovated Orthodox church looks like a brooch pinned to a worn out donkey jacket. This is how the city of Łódź welcomes its guests and bids them farewell. But it is Łódź that has the chance to transform the dilapidated surroundings of the station into a New Centre, the first such idea in Poland.

 
THREE YEARS OF THE PROJECT

2006
January 23rd, 2006. Minus eighteen degrees Celsius. Few cars can be seen on the streets of Łódź, most of them stuck in huge snowdrifts. Ice-covered roads sparkle in the sun. At 10am, the notary office at Żwirki Street is still empty. Slowly, first journalists and reporters trickle in. Finally, the heroes of the day appear: American director David Lynch, architect and businessman Andrzej Walczak, and director of Camerimage film festival, Marek Żydowicz. They vanish behind the door. Peeping does not make much sense, as glass panes in the door are cut a way which distorts everything inside. Time passes slowly in the cool air filled with the aura of anxious waiting. At last, the door swings open. There are three men sitting behind a table, smiling. They have just founded a foundation. A forest of microphones springs up in front of them, photo journalists struggle to stand as close as possible.
‘Fundacja Sztuki Świata (Arts of the World Foundation) is a part of the process of building the new Łódź. We want to promote our city through art,’ Andrzej Walczak comments.
‘From the very first visit, I fell in love with Łódź, its atmosphere and buildings,’ David Lynch confesses. ‘When I saw Łódź factories, I nearly fainted, so beautiful they were. And the heat and power plant in the city centre is like a dream.’
This is how it all began.

 
The city above the platforms

The Łódź Widzew Railway Station faces the redevelopment in order to serve the passengers in a bigger rail traffic. In spring 2010 The Łódź Fabryczna Railway Station will be closed.

 
Magical Gate of Europe

A stranger getting off the train at the Łódź Fabryczna Railway Station at the beginning of the 20th century felt that he was crossing a symbolic border between the East and the West. That happened to Gabriel Dan, a character of the novel ‘Hotel Savoy’. The visitor taking his first steps on Łódź soil  landed in a melting pot, which was a dynamically developing city.

 
EC1 Jeans build culture

The first open city surgery is accompanied by  first jeans which build culture.

 


EC1 ARTTRACTION
RAILWAY JOURNAL
APRIL– MAY 2010
NUMBER 211


NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2009
NUMBER 291