We invite people to send in proposals and projects answering the question: how best to design a balanced and diverse city, respecting the needs of its various groups of inhabitants? We await proposals from the spheres of - among others - architecture, design, town planning, sociology and others. We invite both individuals and inter-disciplinary groups made up of designers, architects, graduates/students from design faculties as well as city residents to send in their proposals

Open Call is being executed within the framework of this year’s edition of DIZAJN_WAWA 2013. Our activity is aimed at coming up with projects and theoretical works that propose design solutions intimating a return to varied forms of use of urban space in which diverse groups - economic, social and in terms of age - of residents live. The result of the invitation will be an exhibition at which at least the three best proposals, as chosen by a jury made up of JoannA Erbel, Joanna Kusiak, Grzegorz Piątek and Aleksandra Wasilkowska, will be presented.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a discussion.

We ask you to send to bec@funbec.eu and in the subject area please write DIZAJN_WAWA 2013 OPEN CALL.

The deadline for sending in work is: 20.10.2013

DIZAJN_WAWA is a cyclical project presenting the most interesting issues in Warsaw design. In 2013 the project is dedicated to co-existence, that is the problem of living together as diverse social groups - with different economic potential, different ways of expressing aspirations but still connected as a residential community within the bounds of the same city - in an urban space. The thrust of the project is balanced design, one that enables the creation of diversity, friendship but does not exclude urban substance.
In Warsaw in recent times one can see the effects of activities by the “hidden hand of the market,” many of which are not very resident-friendly and due to which many streets, in various districts, lose some of the most basic functions of public use, such as small food shops, cheap eateries and in their place banks or outlets offering very expensive goods and services for only a small section of society. A resident-friendly city should be able to take care of all social groups and fulfill various functions. Balanced development of the city is not only about good communications, access to accommodation and activity protecting the environment, but it should also help build social relations, and avoid potential deficits and conflicts.

The project is realised thanks to subsidies from the Warsaw city authorities.

Patrons: Polish Architects’ Association SARP, quarterly RZUT

Joanna Erbel - sociologist, photographer. Doctorate from the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw, where she wrote her thesis on the role of non-human actors in changing the city space. She is the co-founder of the Duopolis Association and a member of Krytyka Polityczna. She edits Magazyn Miasta. Currently she deals mainly with housing policy, which she believes is the most important current question for the city. She lives in Warsaw.

Joanna Kusiak
– sociologist, urban activist, co-author of the book Chasing Warsaw / Goniąc Warszawę, has a doctorate from the University of Warsaw and Technische Universität Darmstadt on the urban revolution. In 2011 and 2012 a Fulbright Advanced Visiting Researcher at the City University of New York. Covers research into urban transformation and the concept of urban chaos in the cities of Central and Eastern Europe and the Global South.

Aleksandra Wasilkowska - architect, deputy president of the Warsaw branch of SARP. Runs a workshop in Warsaw. In 2010 she represented Poland, with the artist Agnieszka Kurant, at the XII International architecture Biennale in Venice with a project called Emergency Exit. She deals with the place where architecture meets art and science. Her projects and installations have been presented among other places at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Zachęta National Gallery, the Awangardy Institute, centres for modern art in Warsaw and Tbilisi, the New Theatre in Warsaw, the Art Bunker in Krakow, the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, the Seoul Art Center in Korea and also in competitions, among others for modernisation of Grzybowski Place in Warsaw, the Pontivy gardens in France and the best theatrical space at the Divine Comedy Theatre in Krakow. She lectures and runs student workshops among other places at the Art/Public Space/ Democracy - OSSA. She is the author of book ‘Warsaw as an emerging structure,’ prepared in conjunction with prof. Andrzej Nowak, and published as part of the Ekspektatywa series by Bęc Zmiana Foundation in 2009. In 2013 her new work was published, Architecture in the shadow of architecture, art and economics (published by the Inna Przestrzeń Foundation).

Grzegorz Piątek – director of the Faculty of the Aesthetics of Public Space in Warsaw. An architecture critic and guide, graduate of the architecture faculty of Warsaw Polytechnic (2006). An exhibition guide at the Polish pavilion at the XI Architecture Biennale in Venice, Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings was awarded the Złoty Lew (Golden Lion) as the best national exhibition (with Jarosław Trybus, 2008), Open: Poland. Architecture and Identity at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London (with Rob Wilson, 2009), Modernizacion at the PhotoEspana festival (with J. Trybus, 2010). The author of articles on architecture, design and cities and texts in books and catalogues, including Notes from Warsaw (Warszawa 2007), Wallpaper City Guide. Warsaw (London 2008), Hotel Polonia. The Afterlife of Buildings (Warsaw, 2008), Architektura Polska/Polen Architektur (Wiedeń 2008). Author (with J. Trybus) of the guide Warschau. Ein thematisches Fuhrer durch Polens Hauptstadt (Stuttgart 2009) and the Use It maps. Warsaw (Warsaw 2008, 2009 – two editions). From 2005 to 2011 he was the editor of the monthly „Architektura-murator.” The author of a series of lectures on architecture at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (since 2008). The winner of an annual award from the ministry of culture and national heritage in 2008 and awarded a diploma by the Foreign Affairs Ministry for promoting Poland in the world (2009). The author of Warsaw’s bid to become European City of Culture 2016 (2011).


time: 27. 07 (Saturday), 18:00

venue: Warsaw, the estate of Finnish Houses at the Vistula scarp, ul. Jazdów 5a/4


<<< Rafał Dominik: relaxation support, sketch, Synchronicity 2013

The opening night of spatial interventions by Rafał Dominik and Agata Wrońska. Their installations in the garden are mini experimental labs, which offer the possibility to check what sounds can be heard on the top of a tree or delve into mysterious holes in the ground.

Rafał Dominik – born in 1985. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Leon Tarasewicz’s studio of painting. Deals with paintings, drawings, sculptures and video works. Founder of the artistic project Mebleks and disco polo band Galactics. Participant to many exhibitions, such as ‘Experiment Cannot Be Continued’ Raster Gallery, Warsaw, 2012; ‘Rafał Dominik and Automotive’, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2012; ‘That Somehting on the Horizon’, National Library in Warsaw, 2011.

Agata Wrońska – born in 1983. Graduate of the Belgian Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Photography at the Warsaw Film School. Her professional practice abolishes the borders between artistic and commercial photography. For many years, her interests have revolved around the human beings – their nature and bodies. Works on display at, among others, Fotofestiwal in Łódź in 2010 (project Colorblind at the Kredens gallery), Arsenał Municipal Gallery in Poznań (group show ‘Love for the Real Thing’) in 2011, and Designcenter/De Winkelhaak in Antwerp.

An extra treat begins at 14:00 with a book fair with an abundant offer of publications from: Bęc Zmiana, Centrum Architektury, Raster Gallery, Centrala – Central Europe Comics Art, Wyspa Institute of Art, Museum of Warsaw Rising, The Other Space Foundation, Instytut Architektury, Open Art Projects, Sztuka Cię Szuka Association, 40000 Malarzy, Recto Verso, Lokator, ResPublica Nowa.
Reading is better when enhanced with the vibes from brilliant Polish labels Bôłt Records and Lado ABC distributed by Bęc Zmiana:
On display until the end of September: Konrad Pustoła’s exhibition Health Resort and Patryk Zakrocki’s sound installation Walls Are my Membranes.
OPEN: Mon-Fri 16:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 13:00-20:00

This year’s edition of Synchronicity – annual cycle of exhibitions and publications revolving around the architecture of the future – is devoted to design that appeals to an array of senses, architecture that impacts on human beings in a plethora of ways, architecture as a tool of social engineering. As an organising factor in space, architecture affects people above all through the visible. Yet, all aspects of space are vital, as well as the way their combination affects human beings

The project is carried out with financial support from the City of Warsaw and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: ‘Notes.na.6.tygodni’, Bryła.pl

Partner: Otwarty Jazdów, Union of Polish Architects (SARP)


Bęc Zmiana cordially invites you to the alternative contemporary art fair POPPOSITIONS in Brussels!

Celebrating the second edition of Poppositions, Bęc Zmiana will presents an installation referring to the stormy past and uncertain feature of the brewery Brass, especially with regard to its relations with the transformations and ghostliness of capitalism. In this context, we are interested in the phenomenon of disappearing, whose energetic potential and phantom traces have been tracked by Bęc Zmiana since at least 2009, when alongside a group of artists, we Disappeared at the Vistula. The key point of the installation is a photomontage of the surroundings of Braas, with the brewery building removed leaving only a reflection in a nearby pond. Next to the photography stands a work by Michał Gayer: ca 300 beer cans with all indications removed as to their content, ingredients, origins, brand and producer. Phantom beer cans are back in market circulation as autonomous works of art. The installation concludes with a sculpture by Rafał Dominik; the elongated form serving as a bar came into being from a merger of profiles of letters C (content) and F (form). 

Poppositions is an alternative art fair operating parallelly to one of the highlights of the contemporary art market – Art Brussels. Poppositions call into question its traditional format by popping up in a different location each year, inviting small not-for-profit organisations without a fixed seat, as well as representing site-specific projects. This year, apart from Bęc Zmiana, the list of invited participants includes 18 independent organisations and galleries from the entire Europe, who will show works that address the building of Brussels-based brewery Brass. After this one of the largest pre-war breweries went bust in the 1980s, the majority of its buildings were demolished, while the rest fell into decay. Only a couple of years ago the venue underwent a thorough revitalisation and was handed over to the local community.

time: 18-21.04
venue: Bruksela, Brass, Avenue Van Volxem 364, Forest
featured artists: Michał Gayer, Rafał Dominik
curatorial team: Bęc Zmiana (Ela Petruk, Magdalena Roszkowska, Bogna Świątkowska, Szymon Żydek)
www.poppositions.com / www.beczmiana.pl

Partnership and financial support: Polish Institute in Brussels


We proudly present a mobile version of the map for young tourists USE-IT WARSAW 2013 for smartphones and tablets!


Like its paper version, the abundantly illustrated application features more than 100 subjectively selected locations, which provide valuable insights into the character of the city, as well as indicate the favourite meeting spots of Warsaw’ young crowd. The application also offers basic info about the city, transport, hostels, galleries, city dwellers’ customs. Crafted for tourists of 18-35 years old.
The application is compatible with two most popular systems (Apple iOS, Android). It works offline, but is complete with online GPS and updating functions on demand. The application is free of charge and available via popular services Apps Store and Google Play, and at

The mobile version of the map USE-IT Warsaw Map for Young Travellers edition 2013 is a fruit of cooperation of the City Promotion Department of the City of Warsaw, Bęc Zmiana Foundation and the European tourist organisation USE-IT Europe. The application was prepared in English.

As in the previous years, the accompanying notes were penned by Grzegorz Piątek, architect and architecture critic, collaborating with Bęc Zmiana Foundation on publications in English, such as "Notes.from.warsaw" or "Archinotes"; curator, alongside Jarosław Trybuś, of the exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2008, awarded the Golden Lion. Co-founder of Centrum Architektury.
The application owes its visual shape to Dominik Cymer, Cyber Kids on Reel, (www.cyberkids.pl), much awarded designer working for, among others, artistic-industrial off collective Będzin Beat. The studio Cyber Kids on Reel was also responsible for implementing the application.

Use-it Europe deals with the production of maps and other info materials targeted at young people travelling across Europe on a tight budget. The maps and guidebooks published by USE-IT Europe include: Antwerp, Aachen, Blackpool, Bruges, Bologna, Brussels, Charleroi, Cork, Dresden, Gent, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, Leuven, Łódź, Mechelen, Oslo, Porto, Prague, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, Turin, among others, with many more in preparation. See them all at: www.use-it.travel

Application publisher: Bęc Zmiana Foundation, www.bęczmiana.pl
Texts: Grzegorz Piątek
Design & Development: Dominik Cymer, Cyber Kids on Reel, www.cyberkids.pl
Partner: City of Warsaw, www.warsawtour.pl


Please feel invited to visit an exhibition in a hotel room prepared at the end of the summer of 2011 by two artists – Michał Gayer and Szymon Kobylarz.
Throughout the last year their work remained undisclosed, and the hotel guests who stayed at the room were unaware that it had become a gallery, with themselves as visitors. Now, we’ve decided to unveil the effects of the artists’ work within the project ‘Studio Experiment’ – room 311 will be open for visitors during one weekend. With a bit of luck, you can even run into the artists themselves.
At the end of the summer of 2011 Michał Gayer and Szymon Kobylarz spent several nights in room 311 at one of cheap hotels in Warsaw. The short residency resulted in a permanent intervention in the double room on the third floor. The guests to 311 were thought to be a gay couple. They rarely left the room, and the sounds of music and shuffling could be heard through the holes in the walls and downstairs when they were inside. They would go to bed late, and one of them would shower only at lunch time. The other one exaggeratedly polite. Eventually, they packed their belongings, checked out and left the key.

Michał Gayer, Szymon Kobylarz: M311
weekend presentation of the exhibition at room 311 is part of the exhibition

start: 21.09, Friday, 19:00
time: 22.09.2012, Sunday, g. 13:00-20:00
venue: Warsaw, Hotel Metalowiec, ul. Długa 29, room 311
details+full programme: www.eksperyment-manual.pl

Organiser: Bęc Zmiana Foundation
Project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw


The urban water sculpture transforms the oligocene water well pavilion in Warsaw's district of Mariensztat into an open venue of meetings, debates, lectures, screenings, dance parties and workshops. The installation relies on the network of free drinking water wells, which has existed in Warsaw for more than a century. The wells are open seven days a week to all inhabitants.

22.09, Saturday, 15:00 – ‘Discovering the Forgotten City Anew’ or on the Complexities of Interpreting the Architecture, Urban Planning and Visual Programme of Mariensztat– lecture on the history of Mariensztat and guided walk of the area. Lecturer: Aleksandra Stępień
23.09, Sunday, 13:00 – UPGRADE YOUR T-SHIRTS AND BAGS! Bring your own clothes, bags, t-shirts – and use available stencils and paints to give a new look to garments you’re too bored to look at! The workshop involves stencil composition, colour selection, and group practice in adding stencil phrases and graphics on clothes.
26.09, Wednesday, 19:00 – screening of films by Moldovan artist Ghenadie Popescu. Later Teodor Ajder will be available for conversations about Moldovan art.

Detailed schedule of events and activities around the Water Sculpture will be available at woda-warszawa.pl, and it remains open at all times to ideas and suggestions of the users. Everyone interested in co-creating the programme is kindly asked to contact the Bęc Zmiana Foundation – e-mail: bec@beczmiana.pl / tel: 22 827 64 62

URBAN WATER SCULPTURE // www.woda-warszawa.pl
opening: 3.08.2012, Friday, 18.00-21.00
duration: 3.08-30.09.2012, during the opening hours of the public well
venue: oligocene water well pavilion, ul. Furmańska 14, Mariensztat, Warszawa
design: Ewa Rudnicka
realisation: Mariusz Maciejewski and his team
greenery arrangement: Kwaitkibratki

Oligocene water is an urban architectural and geological curiosity. Access to the wells is free of charge and open. 100 years of tapping into the resources of artesian water in Warsaw resulted in drilling over 200 wells. The acquired water is used not only by the city dwellers, but it also played a significant role in the past in the development of Warsaw's industry. Drilled in 1896, the first artesian well catered for the needs of the State Spirit Monopoly Warehouses in Ząbkowska Street, as well as provided the entire district with water during the war.

Mariensztat is one of the smallest residential estates in Warsaw, built in 1948-1949 and designed by a team of architects under the supervision of Zygmunt Stępiński and Józef Sigalin. The charming appeal of Mariensztat is a reference to small town housing from the 18th century. Building the estate and the nearby East-West Route were some of the leading investments of the post-war reconstruction of Warsaw.

Ewa Rudnicka – graduate of Ecole Nationale Supériure d'Architecture de Paris la Villette, involved in interdisciplinary urban development projects in France and Poland. Deals with design and propagating pro-social and artistic actions in the urban space. Cooperates with architectural teams such as Raumlabor Berlin or EXYZT from Paris, and with the Union of Polish Architects. Co-founder, alongside the French collective EXYZT, of the installation UFO, carried out in the summer of 2011 in Warsaw’s Na Rozdrożu Square. The project was awarded by the readers of Warsaw’s 'Gazeta Co jest grane' – supplement to 'Gazeta Wyborcza' – with the award 'Wdechy' as the event of the year 2011.

The project Urban Water Sculpture is organised by the Bęc Zmiana Foundation with a grant from the City of Warsaw.

National Film Archive, Syrena Collective, Kwiatkibratki, Solec 44, Mariensztat Inhabitants’ Association, Film Studio KADR, Śródmieście District Council of the City of Warsaw

fot. P. Bujas

fot. P. Bujas


The city game GPS-interventions tells an alternative story of the district of Ursus, presenting memories – personal, sometimes nostalgic stories of the dwellers, anecdotes and important places – in the form of urban ‘paper chase’. It stands a chance of establishing Ursus as a significant location on the world Geocaching map – only now gaining popularity in Poland. Geocaching is an internet cartographic platform providing the possibility of leaving your own messages in a given location, which can be found by other players according to geographic coordinates by means of mobile GPS devices.
Do you have your own places or stories related to Ursus, or would you like to create new ones? The inhabitants of the area and all those for whom Ursus matters, regardless of their address, are cordially invited to co-create the game.

game presentation and workshop meeting for the inhabitants
time: 10.09 (Monday), 18:00
venue: Ursus, Public Library of the District of Ursus, ul. Plutonu Torpedy 47
chaired by: SKORO Association

Authors of the project:

Jürgen Lehmeier – architect, author of interdisciplinary research projects. Studied architecture and interior design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. Co-founder of the design studio Eyland 07 (alongside René Rissland). Lives and works in Nuremberg. Eyland7: www.eyland.de  www.stadtakustik.de
Magdalena Czarnecka – anthropologist, cultural animator. Founding member of the Association SKORO, active in the area of Ursus in Warsaw. Lives and works in Warsaw.
Marta Gawinek-Dagargulia – graduate of German and European studies. Founding member of the Association SKORO, active in the area of Ursus in Warsaw. Lives and works in Warsaw.

Curator of Culburb Ursus: Piotr Bujas
Organiser of Culburb Ursus: Bęc Zmiana Foundation, Warsaw / www.bęczmiana.pl
Partners of Culburb Ursus: Ursus District Council in Warsaw, Cultural Centre Arsus in Ursus, Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw, Raphael Advertising Agency
Organiser of project Culburb: Centre for Central European Architecture, Prague / www.ccea.cz
Media patronage: Notes na 6 tygodni / www.bęczmiana.pl/notes

The project Synchronicity 2012 is realised with a grant from the City of Warsaw and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Project Culburb is realised with financial support of the Visegrad Fund, EU Culture Programme and European Cultural Foundation, among others


This is the first time we have decided to tap into the potential of crowdfunding. Throughout the next two months you can support our project – publication of the book Polish Stops by Maciej Rawluk – at www.beesfund.com.
 Let’s crowdfund culture!

Available prizes for donations:
30 PLN – copy of the album,
60 PLN – album + Bęc Zmiana mug,

100 PLN – album + mug + book: 365 Trees or To Photography!,
500 PLN – album with a hand-written dedication from photographer Maciej Rawluk and the Book Benefactor Certificate,

15 000 PLN – sponsor of the album, logo on the cover and in all promotion materials + 20 copies of the album.

Beesfund.com is a crowdfunding platform providing authors of projects with the possibility to acquire funds from Internet users. In return, users of the platform become co-participants, commentators and in each case receive unique bonuses for their support.

More about the idea of crowdfunding at www.crowdfunding.pl

Photographs by Maciej Rawluk from the cycle Polish Stops. Grassroots Design of the Fixed-Point Infrastructure Element of Public Transport System bear testimony to the fact that we are living in a country boasting thousands of differently designed bus stops: pointed, modern, fancy or square. Stops on the opposite sides of the road are often entirely different, with another one standing in the vicinity that does not resemble any of the two. This overwhelming variety is the emanation of our style. The ubiquitous bus stop is not only a regular utilitarian element, protecting from the rain, wind and displaying bus timetables, but also a local venue of meetings, conversations and consumption. Stops are especially significant outside the city, and the author of the cycle concentrates mainly on rural areas. They are often the only element of public space, which imbues them with immense significance for the community. The presented documentation manifests the process of their incessant destruction by the forces of nature and, to a much larger extent, by the human factor, including notorious devastation. Currently, the rise in the number of cars and modifications of transport routes lead to a silent loss of function of many of the stops. It is fascinating that many stops have not changed for decades, even against the ongoing processes. These elements of small architecture make their subliminal way through to the consciousness of the Poles, establishing their visual identity. The cycle of photographs by Maciej Rawluk presents an unfinished, non-uniform image of our country and the various faces of local grassroots design styles.

<<< Exhibition opening at Kordegarda, photo by: Ewa Dyszlewicz


We cordially invite you to participate in the review of approaches and experimental creative activities practised in Warsaw. Apart from the exhibition of objects, audiovisual and musical materials at the Raster Gallery and the neighbouring backyard, the following events have been scheduled:
Cinema Experiment – films with scores from the Polish Radio Experimental Studio;
Disappearance of the memorial plaque on the 3rd anniversary of the experiment Disappear at the Vistula (vicinity of the Copernicus Science Centre).
Sounds of the mechanical body. Experiment in art and music in Eastern Europe in 1957-1984. Lectures: David Crowley, Daniel Muzyczuk.
Experimental set for awareness and work relations research in the art world – workshop of the Free / Slow University of Warsaw.
Weekend premiere of the exhibition Hotel M in room 311.
Eugeniusza Rudnik’s Day.

Full programme HERE

exhibition opening: 5.09, Wednesday, 18:30
time: until 22.09.2012, 12:00-18:00
venue: Warsaw, Raster Gallery, ul. Wspólna 63
participants: Rafał Dominik, Michał Gayer, Szymon Kobylarz, Komuna Warszawa, Marian Misiak, Zuzanna Solakiewicz, Maryna Tomaszewska, Free / Slow University of Warsaw, Patryk Zakrocki and Eugeniusz Rudnik

The exhibition forms part of the project Studio Experiment, which will conclude with a publication, i.e. a subjective lexicon of experimental practice, with a special focus on the activities of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.
Organiser: Bęc Zmiana Foundation | Cooperation: Raster Gallery.

<<<Marian Misiak: visually simplified scores for Bogusław Schaeffer’s piece ‘Symphony: Electronic Music’ 1964. Synthesis 2012


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