I was born and raised in Gdańsk (Poland), a city of very intricated and significant history. Especially during the 20th century when with the city of Gdańsk ties two remarkably symbolic events for history of Eastern Europe. The first one is beginning of the Second World War (1939) which should be treated as origin of division of European continent during the long period of the Cold War. The second one is the emergence of the Solidarity movement in Gdańsk Shipyard, with its leader Lech Wałęsa (awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1983), resulting the fall of the Berlin Wall. But those events are only a part of very complex heritage of Gdańsk that deeply influenced my way of understanding and future researches on concept of urban heritage. Currently, I am Early Stage Researcher (2017-2020) in the “CHEurope” PhD training program supported by the EU under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) – Innovative Training Networks (ITN).
I graduated as an architect and urbanist in 2013 and since then I have been working on my PhD thesis (as a part of 3rd stage studies) on Gdańsk University of Technology. During this time, I did two research stages (at Technische Universitat Wien and Universitat Politecnica de Valencia), published several articles (mainly focused on urban heritage of Gdańsk city centre) and taught Urban Design as an assistant on Architecture specialization and Spatial Design specialization (between 2013-2017). Moreover, during my master degree I had also a short episode on Academy of Fine Arts, studying Painting for one year.
The memory phenomenon constantly influences our cities. Especially their historic centres are susceptible to this kind of phenomenon containing the threat of mass tourism and so on. Although, in recent years we can observe the parallel development of new heritage theory which could be implied in two complementary ways: the emergence of critical heritage studies (initiated in 2012) as a new interdisciplinary discipline and implementation of landscape approach into heritage conception with so-called Historic Urban Landscape (established by UNESCO in 2011 by HUL Recommendation). This ongoing merge of two different ideas (heritage studies and urban design) stood in the centre of my current work. Furthermore, nowadays museums and cultural institutions have become increasingly important actors when it comes to managing, promoting and negotiating various conceptions and understandings of our shared urban landscape and heritage, but they still lack an organic and systemic approach towards urban and social development policies, and above all implement their actions on an almost exclusively local scale. The goal of “Urban Heritage Valorisation: usage and public outreach” project is too fill up this gap and create the theoretical base and the practical tools too reorganized the idea of infinitely evolving European Historic Cities as the fundament of common European identity.