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Vision of an Architect
February 20, 2008   
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The Atlas Sztuki gallery in £ód¼, central Poland, has hosted exhibitions of outstanding artists such as Roman Opa³ka, Zbigniew Libera, David Lynch, Ilja Kabakov and progressive arts group £ód¼ Kaliska in the five years since it opened.

The gallery's latest exhibition, entitled Rob Krier for £ód¼, displays sculptures and designs by the world-renowned architect and urban planner Rob Krier. At the opening night of the exhibition, viewers learned about the 10 principles of architecture as formulated by Krier, displayed on the gallery wall. One of the key principles states that "scale should be adapted to the size of human dimensions and their behavioral patterns." Krier applies this method when planning an entire district.

He told architecture students attending the exhibition that "the architect is entirely responsible for the product which he creates on his drawing board, and which he signs with his name."

The exhibition showcases urban planning designs by Krier, comprising miniature architectural models and designs for buildings hung on the gallery walls. These include plans for the area surrounding the £ód¼ Fabryczna railway station and the historical EC1 combined heat-and-power plant in the center of the city. They are displayed in the form of models laid out on the ground and as computer images. Also on display are Krier's sculptures depicting the human form in clay or cast in bronze. He says he drew inspiration from Michelangelo and August Rodin.

Maria Sondej

£ód¼, Atlas Sztuki gallery, 114/116 Piotrkowska St., until March 2.
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