WHO: Piotr Gniewek
WHY: diploma design, competition – III prize
WHERE: Warsaw
WHEN: 2013

Warsaw city as a metropolis is aspiring to become a big center with supralocal significance. Unfortunately, in the same way as other metropolises, despite dynamic expansion and its complexity, Warsaw is developing into a ‚modern factory’ with its citizens becoming a new working class. It is easier to understand bearing in mind the fact that capitalistic production is nothing but the production of services such as communication, education and culture that evolved from manufacturing.

During the 19th century industrialization process a great many people migrated to newly created industrial districts. Production concentrated in big centres leading to the reduction of the costs. Nowadays many industrial sites in developed countries have changed its original function or just stand abandoned because of the relocation of the basic production functions to countries providing cheaper labour costs. At the same time, what can be observed is the development of metropolises and a complex structured information society. The gradual disappearance of industrial sites goes hand in hand with the development of  management centres. This is the answer for both the dispersion of each stage of the production process and changes in the way of producing. Metropolises that have a direct and tangible effect on global affairs with a global range such as London or New York develop nowadays just in the same manner as the great industrial districts years ago.

Telecommuting has created a situation in which employees do not commute to a central place of work and just do not require any workplaces to be made physically. This tendency can be mainly observed in the service sector, especially in its part in which the manipulation of information plays a major role. Nowadays it is possible to work even from one’s own bed. Production is no longer what we traditionally understand as physical activity. It appears in all activities connected with culture, media or education. Production leaves factories and becomes part of municipal business centers and is connected with such phenomena as outsourcing, freelance, piece work, home working, etc. ‚The production place undergoes the process of deterritorialization and becomes a virtual place being the coordinates of communication network. Unlike the former vertical industrial-corporate model, contemporary production becomes a horizontal enterprise network.’

The increasing number of people change their former way of living and working. Work becomes an integral part of their lives. As a consequence there is a need for some changes in the way of thinking about the space they need. A FACTORY TO LIVE IN is a multipurpose structure concept, availble 24/7 for both its users and city dwellers. It offers a wide range of public spaces (squares, outpatient surgery centers, nursery schools, coffeehouses, etc.), half-public spaces (common canteens, kitchens and sanitary blocks) and private spaces (living units, studios, workshops).