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Karolina Krzyżanowska


The design process started with vast research of etymology and connotations to the agitated and vernacular. It was then, when I realised where the roots of vernacular design lay.

I started to ponder what influences the way in those ordinary houses are built?

VERNACULAR (is shaped by)

CONDITIONS (are shaped by)



This helped me to understand the core on which I wanted to base my design.

Nowadays, cities are turning their back towards nature and rural environment. The relevance of natural landscape is decreasing in today’s society. More and more people migrate to large towns that often lack vernacular character. My idea is to bring vernacular landscape to non-vernacular cities. Rural in urban.

Nature has influenced the original vernacular architecture so maybe if we bring even a tiny bit of landscape into the city it can generate some creative potential? Inhabitants can learn about the environment and be encouraged to visit rural areas. Also it is a great opportunity for children to get interested in their surroundings.

Big cities start to look very alike, my idea is not ti change the buildings, what is often impossible, but rather put small changes in urban spaces, street furniture, as well as visual identification system of the cities.

Based on the natural, untouched landscape the colour palette is developed. It is used all over the city for curbs, signs, benches, lampposts, street bins, tourist maps, etc.

Selection of native plants is made to use all over the city.

Collection of street furniture is developed which has one basis that is flexible enough to fit different environments. I propose a bus stop, that is adaptable to different weather conditions.


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