The Muranów – Housing Estate Monument project is a subjective attempt, to look at post-war Muranów, from it's reconstruction to the present day. 70 years after the destruction of the ghetto and almost 65 years since the first inhabitants of the "new" Muranów moved in. It is an experimental housing estate, which through its spatial plan and architecture, was to commemorate the non existing city. We wish to speak of Muranów in the present tense.
James E. Young claims that when we assign our memory completely to the form of a monument, it will deprive us - to some extent- of the duty to remember. It is the monument that will perform the work of memory and will cause it's displacement. In practice,commemoration in traditional forms can have quite the opposite effect – cause the desire to forget. When modernistic forms where dressed in the costume of socialist realism, when everyday life entered the streets and backyards of Muranów, the Lachert concept of a monument in the form of a housing estate was blurred and the memory of past events could not be triggered by the numerous stairs and steps.
Today we witness a renaissance of this memory and an increasing interest among a growing number of inhabitants – Muranovians by birth and choice – in the architecture of Muranów and its past. This interest requires attention and focus. In our attempt to recreate a map of pre-war Muranów and layer the plans of the subsequent phases of building the estate, we realized what a difficult task cultivating this memory is and how dependent it is on personal interpretation.
In order to make it easier for us and for others to understand this part of Warsaw, we prepared a list of key terms, which have been illustrated in photographs by Adam Pańczuk, an insightful urban explorer, collector of details and situations, which allow one to see anew that which seems familiar and banal. Our architectural installation also has this function. Made up of 10000 small bricks, forming an amorphous structure, which anyone can modify by adding their element to the construction. The elements symbolize the strength of the constantly reviving city, in which one can not forget, that what is today, is made up of many layers that were before.
Muranów – Housing Estate Monument project – The Odblokuj association – Monika Komorowska, Magdalena Wrzesień, Marlena Happach, Marek Happach, Paweł Kłudkiewicz, Ludwika Ignatowicz and Magdalena Mosiewicz (film) and Adam Pańczuk (photography). Thanks to "Muranów Station" Association for substantive and organizational support in the preparation of the project, especially Beata Chomątowska, whose book "Muranów Station" became a guide to the Housing Estate Monument for us.