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CITY+ | 5.30.60 – the new theme of Gdynia Design Days festival 7th edition

This year’s theme points out that the urban reality is co-created by its residents from different generations. Their impact on the city structure and the way daily life is shaped by the city itself are the issues which will be touched upon during exhibitions, workshops and other festival events. The top design festival in Poland will take place on 4-13th July 2014.

Modernist rhetoric defines the city as a machine driven by masses of men. The imperative of modernity, the cult of progress and geopolitical strategies determined the fate of the inhabitants. Such was the founding myth of Gdynia. Today the city is perceived as a living organism. The metaphor of mechanisation gives way to biological - physical fields of life. The city is its people.

Their individual fates, community gestures, family and environmental traditions, generational habits, parentage distinctiveness, group expectations and individual desires  - they all form a co-tangled web of relationships that constitutes the phenomenon of contemporary urban organism.
The city is born, lives, develops, lasts or passes away, and so we go along with it. We grow up and grow old together with the city. We create and consume it. Influence it and  get changed by it. The pace of life imposed on us forms an instrumental attitude to the city. However, the organism cannot be objectified. One should listen to its needs, encompass with care and attention.

The city is us, and our life in its territory is a continuous effort of social participation in urban rituals and duties, but also in urban spectacle with its games. We adjust ourselves to the rules of everyday urban theatre, trying to change them or to oppose at the same time.

CITY + is a project focused on its people, people of all ages, conventionally defined as 5+, 30+, 60+. But it is not about statistics or dispassionate human arithmetic. The most interesting are the relationships and dependencies between people (generations, communities, groups). However, there are significant relationships between residents and urban space: districts, buildings, streets, views, urban furniture... People in the city - it is also the pets accompanying them; trees, urban squares and pots of plants on balconies, cars, bikes, trolleys and skateboards are all part of this life…