November 17 (Thursday), 16.00-17.30
Let’s talk about garbage
A lecture on the exhibition featured at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
Chair: Marcin Szczelina and Hugon Kowalski
“Let’s talk about garbage,” exhibition developed by Marcin Szczelina and Hugon Kowalski, was an important part of this year’s International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, displayed within the frameworks of its main show. The exhibition and research project (http://letstalkaboutgarbage.com/) address the growing problem of overproduction of garbage, which we have witnessed as the rising global political, social, and environmental issue. Authors present how contemporary cities are flooded by rivers of garbage, which – in the era of consumer society and demographic boom in the states of the global South – present a growing threat. Recycling is the only response and hope for solving the problem of growing production of waste. The project by Marcin Szczelina and Hugon Kowalski brings to the fore the marginalised problem of garbage and presents its universal, global context. It also discusses alternative routes to countering its overproduction.
Hugon Kowalski – architect, professionally involved with the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. His graduation work, “Let’s talk about garbage,” dedicated to the problem of the Mumbai slum, was awarded the prestigious Archiprix International Hunter Douglas Award. Since 2010 he has run UGO Architecture studio. He is the winner the first prize at the “Archi-world Academy” (2012), winner of “International Design Award,” as well as laureate of special mention in the competition for the concept of Narutowicz Square in Warsaw and the Maciej Nowicki Award (2014).
Marcin Szczelina – critic and curator of architecture. Expert of the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. Founder of Architecture Snob. He has written for Domus, Sukces, Art&Business, and Monitor Magazine. Correspondent of the Italian magazine Domus.