Blog: OGARNA 2.0 - Gdansk, Poland

Blog: OGARNA 2.0 – Gdansk, Poland

January 24, 2014
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Blog: OGARNA 2.0 – Gdansk, Poland

Ogarna Street is one of the main and longest streets of the Gdansk Old Town, it also plays a crucial role as regards city transport. Before the Second World War, Ogarna Street was a thriving and lively place inhabited mostly by merchants and craftsmen. Together with the Long Lane (Długa) and the Long Market (Długi Targ), it was one of the three direct routes to Granary Island (Wyspa Spichrzów) through the Cow Gate (Krowia Barama) and a drawbridge over Motlawa River.

The Second World War brought about destruction of most parts of Gdansk, including Ogarna Street. Despite many renovations, Ogarna’s pre-war charm and atmosphere could not be recovered.

OGARNA 2.0 project is a complex and multilayered revitalization of Ogarna Street. The main goals of the project are: renovation of chosen elevation parts and decorating them with artistic arrangements; building greens and elements of small architecture; organizing and coordinating events and actions that will integrate inhabitants of Ogarna Street into the process of revitalization and earn their support for the project. As result of the project OGARNA 2.0, the currently ugly, forgotten street in the very heart of Gdansk Old Town will regain its earlier beauty and charm.

The project OGARNA 2.0 is realized by Urban Forms Foundation from Lodz in cooperation with the City of Gdansk. The process of project’s realization was very unique – it was based on direct and close cooperation of the City of Gdansk, Urban Forms Foundation and local citizens from Ogarna Street’s community housing.


Invited artists:

Mariusz M-city Waras
Daniel Chazme
Krzysztof Syruć
Wojciech Otecki
Bartek Świątecki
Cekas
Adam Romuald Kłodecki
Maciej Pakalski
Adam Cieślak

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