The architects’ utopian vision of the capital saw, among other things, a vast swathe of greenery measuring four times the length of New York’s Central Park, a huge sunken amphitheatre built on the southern fringe of Pl. Trzech Krzyży and Pl. Unii Lubelskiej as a vast square of almost dehumanizing dimensions.
The project ‘Looking at Breslau from Under the Plaster’, aims to collate and systemize the pre-war shop signs, advertising and other street graphics and place them on a map that locals and tourists can use to explore and discover the city from a different perspective.
The building at 126 Chmielna Street is not only a rare reminder of what central Warsaw looked like before the war, but also bears the scars of the city’s 20th century history.
Fotoplastikon Warszawski is home to over 7,000 photographs from Poland, one third of them presenting pictures of old Warsaw.
Taking just over two days to complete, photographer Mariusz Zając’s labour of love shows the capital in its full, majestic glory - before the Second World War left it in ruins.
Broadcast during the 2nd Annual Radio Exposition held at city’s YMCA building, the exposition was intended to last until September 10. But both the TV broadcast and exposition were decimated by the outbreak of war, with the YMCA and Prudential buildings taken direct hits from German bombers.