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urban drink 1/4: | metropolis stereotype

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 21:30 - Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00


Drzwi Zwane Koniem,

ul. Warszawska 37,


ŁH: Metropolis, agglomeration, conurbation, megalopolis are all deeply understood only by a narrow group of experts. For other people it’s all the same: a group of busy cities, with no air to breath, where noise and disorder are on a regular basis. Simply, there’s always something going on.

KM: New York, London, Tokyo, but also Warsaw and  our own Metropolis GZM, and finally, my beloved creature – the slowly arising connection of Katowice and Krakow, also known as Krakowice. When you think about it, it’s actually hard to figure out what a metropolis actually is.


Everybody knows what happens after a good lecture or presentation – informal chatting, networking and meeting new, interesting people, all in a casual atmosphere. Urban drink is exactly that – an opportunity to talk freely about serious urban issues, in this case all the faces and aspects of what makes a metropolis. It’s also a great chance to create new partnerships and develop innovative ideas. 


Łukasz Harat (ŁH) – Festival director

Klaudia Mańka (KM) – CTO


Gabriela Rembarz

Gabriela Rembarz is an architect and practising city planner. She is an university researcher at the Department of Urban Planning and Regional Planning at the Architecture Faculty of Gdańsk University of Technology. Additionally she works with the Design Office of Municipal Engineering SA in Gdańsk. An important part of her scientific, didactical and design work is international experience and internationalisation, which is showcased in the AGORA Research Group Project. She studied at Architecture Faculties of Gdańsk University of Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, University of Stuttgart and Massachusetts Institute of Technology SPURS Program Fellow. She was a DAAD scholar, a scientific trainee at IRS Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Un...

Krzysztof Kafka

Krzysztof Kafka is a professor at the Silesian University of Technology, a theorist and practitioner in the field of urban and spatial planning. In the years 2010-2014 he was the CEO of the Southern District of the Chamber of Urban Planners. In the years 2001-2009 he held the position of the City Architect in Strzelce Opolskie. He is the author of many urban plans and urban studies. Member of numerous architecture and urban commissions, as well as the Provincial Urban And Architecture Commision and the Polish Society Of Urban Planners. He is engagement in the urban planning process on a local and regional level. The author of many scientific and non-scientific industry publications, as well as various speeches on urban planning systems and their theoretical and practical principles. ...

Rafał Cekiera

Rafał Cekiera holds a PhD in social science and is a lecturer at the Institute of Sociology at the Silesian University in Katowice. He is mainly interested in: migration sociology, culture, religion and intercultural communication. He wrote several books and many articles - in scientific magazines, as well as in popular press (for example „Gazeta Wyborcza”, „Tygodnik Powszechny”, „Znak”, „Charaktery”, „Więź”, „Czas Kultury” czy „Opcje”). He is passionate about photography and received a reward from “Przegląd Socjologii Jakościowej” for the best sociological picture of 2018. He produced and cocreated the documentary “A happy place, which has a poet” (2019)....