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Old November 14th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #1361
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this splendid panorama by Ring shows an area largely rebuilt post-war in the socialist realist style west of Nowy Swiat. If only more of Warsaw was rebuilt in this style, so seamlessly blended in with the classical undertones of 18th century Warsaw:

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Old November 15th, 2013, 12:16 AM   #1362
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It's been a while for our favourite before/afters:

before (post war a square with famous Warsaw Nike was located on the site of the former city hall):



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after (rebuilt in mid-1990's):



the square above is actually closer to the left hand side of the "rebuilt" pic where rebuilt church and retroversionist kamienica stand near the corner.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 08:18 PM   #1363
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Before WWII




Now - post-war socreal



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Old November 15th, 2013, 09:30 PM   #1364
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Could that even be considered the same building? :S
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Old November 15th, 2013, 10:14 PM   #1365
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Could that even be considered the same building? :S
No, it isn't the same building.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 10:26 PM   #1366
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Old November 19th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #1367
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A few more restorations and probably more to come as there seems to be a flurry of restorations wrapping up all over Warsaw just before winter actually sets in:

On Freta Street next to St. Jacek's and the Dominican Monastery, with a new mural dedicated to the workers that have restored old town facades over the years:







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Restoration of Ujazdowski Castle nearing completion:



A few others nearby















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the Cathedral:





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Old November 19th, 2013, 08:31 PM   #1368
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Also nearby, the controversial Plac Zamkowy - Senatorska 2 gets underway. Although most people surveyed on the Polish site are in favour of a harmonious contemporary design solution for this site, a vocal few now supported by the mayor are trying to stop it citing procedural irregularities although the developer vows to proceed. Their position is that a halt to contruction is baseless after meeting every requirement through a process that has taken 5 years. So far, efforts to halt the project appear to be political. Some opponents claim that the site should not be built on as it sets off nearby landmarks and others contend the project is mediocre or that it overwhelms this location, more specifically they claim the roof is too dominant.

UNESCO at the behest of opponents and the mayor is coming to Warsaw to review this project shortly. Hopefully this esteemed organization will bring this matter to a close, one way or the other, as to the appropriateness of the project, nothwithstanding any procedural concerns and apparent political brinksmanship. The outcome may be that the project will continue as is, with modifications or be halted and reviewed more thoroughly and resumed in a year or so.







as part of the construction this small beige building built illegally in the 70's will be demolished. It does not correspond with what existed on this site pre-war and prevents the development of a coherent streetface along Senatorska street.



Personally the only issue I might have is with the height, not the pitch of the roof.

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Restoration of Krasinski Townhouse and Construction of New Annex nears completion:









thank you again Ring, you are my feet and eyes on the ground, very grateful for your photoreportage and this superb last ring cycle.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 09:32 PM   #1370
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Another small bit of tasteful contemporary infill:





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On Freta Street next to St. Jacek's and the Dominican Monastery, with a new mural dedicated to the workers that have restored old town facades over the years:
Actually it's the restoration of a mural from the '50

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Also nearby, the controversial Plac Zamkowy - Senatorska 2 gets underway. Although most people are in favour of this project
Wait a second, how do you know this? I don't remember any survey but judging from the comments under articles about this issue quite many people are completely against it.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 06:44 AM   #1372
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I refined my previous comments re: Plac Zamkowy. Thanks for correction on former matter.

By the same token, how can you say that many, suggesting most, are actually against it. Have there been any polls on the matter external to this site? Who would be in favour of a parking lot in view of Poland's most prestigious square. Its inevitable that any design would elicit controversy in such a prestigious and historically important place. Maybe Warsaw should poll its residents on every design before they are approved, but that would be very cumbersome. Should public opinion manipulated by both sides determine the design or should experts. I say experts, and certainly even though the property sits outside the boundary of the designated old town landmark, UNESCO should have been consulted earlier about thsi project, as the previous conservator indicated, although this appears to be false.
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Paving in the Old Town undergoes massive restoration. Phase 1 is near complete, phase 2 will commence next year and continue to 2015 restoring all the remaining streets in the old town. The restorers reused many of the original ancient cobblestones, most original granite curbs were reused and lowered at the same time for handicapped accessibility. Sidewalks were paved with new porphyritic granite whose large crystals glisten when wet and in the sun - excellent choice:









the old rynek (market square) never looked so good:





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Historic Warsaw is an exquisite example of rebuilding something that seemed to be lost forever. It is really nice to see that Warsaw is still doing, it looks great. Also the modern additions to the historic city look quite good.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 05:55 PM   #1375
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Here's a look at Warsaw's reconstruction efforts circa 1958:

massive Palace of Culture & Sciences complex (still white) where downtown used to be:



another view with a low modern pavilion to the right very common in post war Warsaw designed to meet the everyday needs of Varsovians:



elsewhere ruins still not cleared



Nowy Swiat Street rebuilt



old town walls shored up for restoration and Mostowa Street to the left:



Very common sight



near Krasinski Square



some small private businesses that were still tolerated but soon to be banned next to an ubiquitous Ruch kiosk.



Salvaging bricks where possible:



Rebuilt Old Town Market Square:



Where are these kids now? What was it like living in a ruin most of your life:



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You beat me to it. Stunning photo's.

Here's the Facebook link for it:

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This bird's eye view of post war downtown Warsaw (circa 1969) illustrates well how the compact dense grain of the pre-war city had started to give way and allow itself to be "aired out" by the spatially unconstrained spirit of modernism with a widened Marshall Allee (Marszalkowska), the massively empty Parade Square (Plac Defilad) hemmed in on one side by the grand modernist "Eastern Wall" complex (Karpinski and Klewin) in the foreground and by the thinning out of the dense fabric of historic "kamienice" (tenement houses):



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