(un)usual Manhattan • Documentary, 01-Jan-2022
The film follows the story of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak, a visionary architect who designed a concrete estate in Wrocław, Poland during the 1970s under Soviet occupation. Her work is now considered an icon of social modernism, and the film takes us on a journey to observe the estate's impact after over 50 years of use. We explore the micro world of the estate's apartments, corridors, yards, and basements, examining its influence on Polish society and the country itself. The film reflects on how architecture can shape a society and explores the legacy of Grabowska-Hawrylak's work, which continues to inspire the next generation of architects. Through interviews with architects, residents, and experts, the film sheds light on the power of design and the lasting impact of architecture on our lives.