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Why build new Łódź?

On 13 March, the Kopisch’s Bleachery (Bielnik Kopischa) was a venue of a three-hour debate on the redevelopment of Łódź in the area of the Łódź Fabryczna station and the EC1 thermal power plant.

 
ŁÓDŹ THE IDEAL CITY

Two fascinating projects of converting the area of the Łódź Fabryczna railway station came into being just after the First World War. The point of departure was Adolf Goldberg’s Schemat idealny nowoczesnego zakładania miast (Ideal Outline for Modern City Founding), referring to the centuries-old idea of an ideal city. In Goldberg’s office, a daring plan was conceived: to move back the railway tracks and the Łódź Fabryczna station five hundred metres to the east. On the huge area released in this way, there was to be a spacious square with a huge new station building, the town hall, hotels and a whole array of representative buildings.

 
The old station – should it be relocated or developed?

‘The train station might be moved or reconstructed to its most appealing architectural form which functioned between the 1880s and 1930s. The building would be perceived as a historic object, and at the same time absorbed by a new structure,’ says Wojciech Szygendowski, the Voivodeship Historic Preservation Officer.

 
FROM THE PLATFORM: Is it possible for the entire city to miss a train?

It is. What then? Nothing, absolutely nothing. The city will stay where it was. As it has been verified in the Fourth Polish Republic that building platforms alone does not guarantee success. Cities which we still have complexes about, historical cities, tended to have a dragon just behind their walls. And, willy-nilly, they had to live with it, which means sending virgins, cunning shoemakers, and not so cunning knights there. Cities in fairy tales just could not ignore what was outside their walls.

 
The centre of Łódź: more modern than modernism

I’m not uncritical as far as the whole concept of building the New Centre of Łódź is concerned. For me, the most important part of the enterprise is the idea which hopefully will transform into something concrete, i.e. the design of a cross-town tunnel under Łódź and hiding the Łódź Fabryczna station underground. I sincerely hope it can be achieved.

 
ŁÓDŹ FABRYCZNA STATION HAS BEEN WAITING SO LONG

The city entrance was once guarded by gates and barriers. Today, the role of the city portal has been assumed by the station and its surroundings. After years of plans and projects, it is time to finally do something about it.

 


EC1 ARTTRACTION
RAILWAY JOURNAL
APRIL– MAY 2010
NUMBER 211


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