Old power stations as industrial heritage and adaptive re-use challenges

Mateusz Grabowski, Bartosz M. Walczak



The aim of the study is to present issues in the adaptation process of post-industrial buildings related to city infrastructure, and their dependencies on urban planning structures. In the article, the authors show that technology was one of the main determinants of cities’ spatial solutions and building construction in the periods analyzed. These issues are closely related to current processes of adaptation and conservation of post-industrial heritage facilities. The study is based on comparison of 19th and 20th century industrial complexes located in Poland, and industrial buildings, showing great similarities in their technical structures and ways of functioning. Important aspects of the analysis were historical factors (territorial turmoil and political changes in our country in the 19th and 20th century), and relations with urban planning and the current functioning of the cities’ facilities. Study is based on references to contemporary and historical phenomena affecting Karol Scheibler’s power plant in Łódź, Saturn power plant in Czeladź, the power plant in Powiśle in Warsaw, power plants EC1 and EC2 in Łódź and power plant Szombierki in Bytom. It shows factors influencing their current adaptation, architectural solutions in the conservation process and preservation of post-industrial heritage.

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