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The goods of contemporary culture


A list of architectural objects, urban plans and elements of urban space which have been recognized as the goods of contemporary culture of Białystok.

Prepared by: Agnieszka Kłopotowska, PhD; Maciej kłopotowski, PhD; Wojciech Niebrzydowski PhD; academics of the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Bialystok, Białystok, September 2008



A city is a living spatial organism that is evolving endlessly. It is a place where all the architectural accomplishments of successive generations are being overlaid. Objects created in various periods of time border upon each other in the urban landscape – both the historic and modern ones. Historical buildings of the greatest value are being protected as the antique ones. Those which are modern are usually not under such protection. They are therefore exposed to actions that may lead to a diminution in their architectural and cultural value. By such means the cultural heritage of the city is being destroyed and its identity and image are irreversibly lost. In view of preservation of the cultural continuity certain measures leading to the protection of the most valuable modern objects should be taken instantly.


The authors of this study attempt to create a list of the goods of the contemporary culture of Białystok – the objects which have been widely acknowledged as the achievements of the modern generations thanks to their artistic and historical value. The list has been prepared on the basis of the definition included in the act on spatial planning and development dated 27 March 2003. According to its arrangements what may be recognized as the goods of contemporary culture are non-memorial monuments, memorial sites, buildings with their details and interiors, building complexes, urban and landscape plans.


The authors of the study confined themselves to the cultural goods from years 1944-2000 as it is the issue and period of their professional and scholar interest. Moreover, in authors’ opinion the assessment and the recognition of a given object as a good of contemporary culture require more than a several-year period of time.


The list that is set out below has been compiled with a division into five basic parts (the following chapters):
I. buildings and their complexes,
II. details of the building (their fragments),
III. interiors,
IV. urban plans,
V. elements of urban landscape.


For each of those the criteria of object selection that are discussed in the introductions of the individual chapters have been worked out.
The study has been completed with chapter VI containing a list of objects which met the requirements of the selection of the goods of contemporary cluture but were rebuilt or modernized in a way that modified its original form. 


The objects which have not been included in the list are valuable post-war projects that are in the register of monuments, such as: the Town Hall, the Drama Theatre, the Church of Immaculate Heart of Mary, the building of KW PZPR (the County Committee of The Polish United Workers' Party), the building of the Bank, and the urban plan of the centre of the city including Kościuszki Square.


Last Modification:Kamil Waligóra 09.08.2010, 14:50
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