Days of Modernism at City Hall

Buildings with no Decoration
26 August 2015

On Wednesday, August, 26, 2015 as a part of "Days of Modernism at City Hall", we talked about the district of Novyi Lviv (New Lviv). The Ratusha restaurant (1, Rynok sq) Yuliya Bohdanova delivered a lecture on "New Lviv in Contexts: Visions, Architecture, Modern Times". The lecture was also attended by a chief architect of Lviv Yulian Chaplinskyy.

Today, the architecture of functionalism with its esthetics rejecting décor is little respected and understandable both by common citizens and also by many experts such as historians, architects, and constructors. Therefore buildings constructed during the twenty years between the wars now undergo large scale reconstruction and destruction.

The goal of the lecture was to explain peculiarities of developing the New Lviv district launched in the 1930s in historical, economic, political, and other contexts. What is the place of the New Lviv in Lviv of those times, Lviv in Poland, Poland in Europe? What is the role of an architect and authorities in the processes of city development? Why were buildings with no décor built?

The role of the lecturer was to explain the historical experience of  New Lviv, while the role of an opponent is to tell about modern methods of work with functionalism objects in Lviv and opportunities for their preservation.

Yuliya Bohdanova is a lecturer at the Department of Architectural Environment Design at "Lvivska Politekhnika" National University. She studies the architecture of Lviv of early 20th c. she is co-author of books "Secession in Lviv", "Architecture of Lviv. Time and Styles of 13-20th c.c.", "The History of Lviv. Volume 3".

Yulian Chaplinskyy is a chief architect of the city of Lviv. In 2006, he cofounded a "Chaplinskyy Trofymenko Architects" company (now – "CHAPLINSKYY & Associates"). He is also on the TOP-100 architects of Ukraine rating by Kyiv architecture magazine "А+С". Chaplinskyy Bureau was a first prize winner at an All-Ukrainian competition "INTERYEAR 2010". Winner of the "Golden Lion" award in the competition Man of the Year 2010 in Lviv as an architect of the year.