In preparing the exhibition Appetite for Radical Change. Katowice 1865-2015 on the history of the city, we have created a detailed online map of Katowice buildings. Thanks to the data received from the Surveying Department of the City of Katowice we were able to present the addresses and commissioning dates of selected objects. We are currently working on expanding the range of information available within the app, such as names of architects and descriptions of buildings.
Paradoxically enough, in terms of its development history and architecture, Katowice is a bit of a rarity among the largest Polish cities. As the youngest of them, it boasts the most interesting (though not fully appreciated) architecture, ranging from working class estates and iconic industrial sites, which have witnessed long decades of social and civilizational progress, through Poland’s best examples of interwar and post-war modernism, led by the futuristic Spodek Arena, to contemporary public buildings, such as the academic library and the new home of the Silesian Museum.