Uśmiech Warszawy
Uśmiech Warszawy / Mapa Przebiegu Układ ulic Mokotowska, Bracka, Zgoda, relikt traktu Mokotów-Ujazdów-Grzybów z początku XVIII w. przecina łukiem ortogonalną siatkę centrum Warszawy.

Ta jedna z najciekawszych struktur urbanistycznych w Warszawie zanika, nie jest dostrzegana. Historyczny układ zacierają powojenne braki i nowe elementy nie szanujące jego logiki.
Warsaw is often considered chaotic. The city center is made of urban scale elements which are not sufficiently present in the collective consciousness.

The Massive scale of the Second World War's destruction, largely removed the city's fabric and gave the postwar planners a huge freedom to rebuild the city as a mixture of reconstruction and newly created urban parts, in socialist-realist and modernist manner. The Fall of Iron Curtain started a compulsive growth without a clear vision or a coherent plan.

Nowadays, what was intuitively obvious has become blurred. Citizens do not recognize the city structure and its logic, and do not have a picture of it in mind.
We are interested in the phenomena of perceiving, understanding and using the city in respect to the consciousness of its structures among its inhabitants.

The city shape is made of physical elements and of the meta-forms conceived by human minds. This mental dimension has a significant impact on the perception of touchable reality.
Uśmiech Warszawy / Dom Pod Orłami Krystalizujemy plan miasta by wywołać synergię pomiędzy powstającymi tu kolejnymi instytucjami, sklepami, kawiarniami i Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej.

Oto układ, który po przekręceniu mapy, raz dostrzeżony, staje się oczywisty i utrwala w pamięci na zawsze jako "Uśmiech Warszawy".
We found that the city center is more or less built on an orthogonal grid, with only a few streets cut it diagonally. In fact the sequence made by Mokotowska, Bracka, Zgoda streets is a relic of a primeval highway, older than the city itself. It diagonally intersects the orthogonal grid of the Warsaw city centre like Broadway crosses Manhattan.

Despite of the fading awareness of this strong urban structure, we could say, on a “official” level, people subcutaneously sense its potential and place on fancy shops there trendy clubs and cultural institutions including the Museum of Modern Art currently being built.
Our study will support our vision of a boulevard that crosses the whole city center from Grzybowski square to the Pole Mokotowskie park. A Boulevard called, due to its characteristic shape on the map, “The Warsaw Smile”.
Uśmiech Warszawy / Ulica Mokotowska Uśmiech Warszawy / Plac Trzech Krzyży Uśmiech Warszawy / Plac Grzybowski Autorzy projektu:
Sebastian Bałut
Małgorzata Kuciewicz /centrala/
Simone De Iacobis /centrala/