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„SECOND CONVERSATIONS. THE MOST IMPORTANT IS ARCHITECTURE”

The most important is Architecture series is dedicated to the memory of prof. Tomasz Mańkowski, an architect and pedagogue, who passed away in 2012.

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On May 20th the third volume from the series “The most important is Architecture”, titled “Second Conversations” has been published. This time Ewa Mańkowska-Grin talks with art historians and architecture critics: Marta Leśniakowska, Małgorzata Omilanowska, Marta A. Urbańska, Grzegorz Piątek, Jacek Purchla, Roman Rutkowski, Kuba Snopek and Andrzej Szczerski.

The deliberated topics among others are: urban chaos, responsibility for common space, degeneration of the landscape, ecology in designing and city planning. The discourse begins from general issues, for that it could later trigger the diagnostics of Poland’s urban and architectural position based on the detail and certain specifics. Art Historian’s and architecture critic’s gaze on the discussed issues in many different places, greatly differs from the approach that architects have – interlocutors of the first volume of the series.

Ewa Mańkowska-Grin, though uncovering her subjective view on the subject, does not try to settle this dispute with force. The point of view on the urban-architectural of both professional groups in the year 2017 is often very distinct, whereas the raised thesis do not always exclude themselves, even more; it is more common for them to complement each other and prove the variety of the possible attitudes. Most often, critics in deliberation undertake cultural and historic point of view. Thanks to that they take us on a journey not only to Krakow, Warsaw or Wroclaw, but also to little Polish cities and huge world metropolises, almost instantly and with ease travelling in the space of many cultures and different times.

Second Conversations under the editorial office of Ewa Mańkowska-Grin

Series: The most important is Architecture, Volume III
ISBN 978-83-63464-13-4
Soft cover with wings
232 pages
Format: 168x210mm
Price 38,00 PLN

Date of premiere: May 20th 2017

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Wojaczek – read. Discourses and essays about Rafał Wojaczek’s works

Wojaczek – read. Discourses and essays about Rafał Wojaczek’s works under Tomasz Kunz and Adam Poprawa drafting

“Critical decisions” series (volume VI)

“Texts gathered in the book create an original and impressive literary critic constellation. We deal in them with different interpretive strategies and ways to read poems (…).

Though the whole internal variety, mentioned discourses form a surprisingly consistent narration, of which the most characteristic feature seems to be the need of critic rewriting  Rafał Wojaczek’s works (not only poetry). It is visible most of all in the discourses placing the Another tale’s author in the contexts associated with new humanities (…) But the imperative “rewriting Wojaczek” is to find also in articles taking on the subject of reception and “the second life” works (…). I do not have any doubt, that for the authors, the idea behind it was the intention of revitalizing and updating the work, or attributing it with new critic signs. The collection as in whole carries all the revisionary interventionist gesture’s hallmarks in a strong meaning of these words; it is about the opening gesture, ipso facto releasing the book. (..) It is an important critic book: polemic, surprising, encouraging rethinking individual works, already hackneyed ways of reading them, or the whole creativity of this controversial, gladly not completely tamed by the readers, stubbornly separated artist.” –fragment of a review of Jacek Gutorow.

Wojaczek- read. Discourses and essays about Rafał Wojaczek’s works under Tomasz Kunz and Adam Poprawa drafting

“Critical decisions” series (volume VI)

EMG publisher, Kraków 2016

ISBN 978-83-63464-09-7

Softcover

232 pages

148x210mm format

Prize 38,- PLN

Premiere date: 2016 October 10.

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„Ms. Architects”

The most important is Architecture series is dedicated to the memory of prof. Tomasz Mańkowski, an architect and pedagogue, who passed away in 2012.

Ms. Architects

Marta Leśniakowska, Rafał Ochęduszko, Marta A. Urbańska, Łukasz Wojciechowski, Barbara Zbroja, Szymon Piotr Kubiak

The most important is Architecture series, volume II

The stories presented in the book, are dedicated to six female architects. The included texts are trying to apprise the role of women, not only in shaping the modernist vision of Polish architecture and urbanism, but also struggle with still present stereotype of the patriarchal world of builders, in which the only “father of the work” remains still a male architect.

Essays about Diana Reiterówna (Barbara Zbroja), Barbara Brukalska (Marta Leśniakowska), Helena Syrkusowa (Rafał Ochęduszko), Halina Skibniewska (Marta A. Urbańska), Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak (Łukasz Wojciechowski) and Anatolia Hryniewicka-Piotrowska (Szymon Piotr Kubiak) with equal strength present us both the influence of these extraordinary women on the Polish architectonic idea, and their often personal portraits.

Every described character in the book shaped the story of Polish architecture in a different way, and wrote down in it an original chapter. Choosing the side of modernism, they inscribed themselves in the history of Polish modernity, which we today discover and analyze afresh. The book, which is now given to the readers, is a very precious elaboration, emphasizing the meaning of women for Polish architecture. And also an inspiration for further studies on the achievements both of the characters described in the book, and also many others, who are still to come.

From the Andrzej Szczerski’s introduction

Ms. Architects
Marta Leśniakowska, Rafał Ochęduszko, Marta A. Urbańska, Łukasz Wojciechowski, Barbara Zbroja, Szymon Piotr Kubiak
The most important is Architecture series, volume II
EMG Publisher, Kraków 2016
ISBN 978-83-63464-11-0
Soft cover with flaps
164 pages
Size: 168×210 mm
Price: 35,00 PLN

Premiere: November 9, 2016

 

Crime Fiction Calendar

Everything you always wanted to know about crime fiction but were afraid to ask. School calendar (2016/2017) packed full of history and fun facts about crime and mystery novels and also films.

15th part of Detective/Mystery series Polska Kolekcja Kryminalna.

Premiere: May 2016

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„Uchodźcy z ziemi Ulro. Essays”

uchodzcy_z_ziemiCritical Decisions series has grown for one new publication: collection of criticall essays by Grzegorz Jankowicz.

For me literature is a way of life. It’s the best language which we can use to think about the world, to live in this world. From other authors I learn how to create relations with reality, and how to change myself.

Premiere: November 2015