Attempting to read the urban palimpsest. The case of Katowice Cover Image

Odczytując palimpsest miejski. Na przykładzie Katowic
Attempting to read the urban palimpsest. The case of Katowice

Author(s): Krystian Węgrzynek
Subject(s): Architecture, Visual Arts, Studies of Literature, Rural and urban sociology, Sociology of Culture, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, Theory of Literature, Sociology of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: the city; space; place; text; reading; ideology; palimpsest;

Summary/Abstract: The article invites the readers to approach the city itself as a text of culture. We are to read it alongside other narratives/narrations (literary, artistic, and cinematic) devoted to it. The author traces how Katowice’s space has been transmuted into politically- and culturally-charged places, by distinguishing consecutive layers of the palimpsest (Polish village, building patterns of German and Polish times: the old and the new). The foregoing examples allow the author to indicate the traces of conceptions and ideologies reflected by architecture. He also includes some methodological recommendations/tips pertaining to reading the space.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 29
  • Page Range: 41-55
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish