On the 18th of December 2019, the City Renewal Division hosted the opening of the post-workshop exhibition featuring projects prepared by students participating in the Erasmus programme. The exhibition was devoted to the Revitalisation of the Abandoned Chapel of St. Barbara in Bukowno. The A52 Division was honoured to host, among others, dr hab. Monika Bogdanowska, the Lesser Poland Voivodeship Heritage Conservator, dr inż. arch. Kinga Racoń-Leja, the vice-dean of the Faculty of Architecture, dr inż. arch. Monika Gołąb-Korzeniowska, vice-director of the Institute of City and Regional Design, the editor-in-chief of the “Nasza Politechnika” magazine Lesław Peters and an international group of students who participated in the workshop.
The projects that have been put on exhibition were prepared as a part of the “Urban Revitalization” module, whose chief instructor is dr hab. inż. arch. Bogusław Podhalański. The original idea to organise the workshop, which was to focus on providing a new perspective of the desacralised chapel of St. Barbara in Bukowno, emerged spontaneously during a visit to the Mine of Knowledge exhibition hosted by the ZGH Bolesław Mining and Metallurgy Plant in Bukowno. The area of Olkusz and Bolesław has been associated with mining zinc and lead ore for centuries. Due to the fact that the deposits of this ore are nearing depletion, the plant is on the cusp of ending its mining operations. The aforementioned exhibition is meant to honour and give due respect to the community of miners and metalworkers, as well as to preserve the memory associated with the traditional industrial operations in the region.
The chapel of St. Barbara in Bukowno is a building associated with the veneration of St. Barbara. It was probably founded by miners from the nearby “Ulises” and “Jerzy” mines, who devoted the chapel to their patron saint—St. Barbara.
The overarching idea behind the workshop was to provide a fresh perspective of the building and its immediate surroundings and, as a result, to design a new function for it, rooted in the context of the place and local tradition.
The workshop was organised by a team under the direction of dr hab. inż. arch. Bogusław Podhalański and mgr inż. arch. Olga Kania. We would like to express our thanks to the Vogt of the Municipality of Bolesław Krzysztof Dudziński and the parish priest of the local Roman Catholic Congregation Fr Sylwester Kulka, for their contribution to the organisation of the workshop. We would also like to thank dr inż. arch. Łukasz Łukaszewski, mgr Bartłomiej Sroka, mgr inż. arch. Szymon Usydus and mgr inż. arch. Krzysztof Barnaś for their support and contribution.