The on-line transmission from the flight2017-10-17 16:15:21
WARSAW SCARP - INTELLECTUAL GARDEN
Warsaw Scarp, often pronounced with respect to emphasize its special status, is actually... slowly disappearing. Due to the terraced structure of the riverbank, there are many scarps in Warsaw, but even the highest of them is now barely visible under the continuously growing wave of buildings. The scarp exists in two worlds, so to speak, on the one hand regarded with pride, on the other – urbanized and devastated.
If we looked at it from a different perspective, we could find new ideas for urban planning in that area. It is not the scarp itself, devastated and hidden among the buildings, but its intellectual and natural potential. In the Renaissance period, the Villa Regia gardens were created near Casimir's Palace and they remain inaccessible for general public until this day. Perfectly preserved in their original form, they remain unpolluted by civilization as monastery gardens of Benedictine, Visitation and Charity Sisters.
Historic plans for the scarp were not only concerned with practical use of space, but they aimed to introduce a certain lifestyle, which would promote bonding with nature and enjoying intellectual, spiritual and emotional goods: music, art, prayers, debates and meditations. The setting for all that was of course the landscape of the scarp.
It would be best if those historic concepts were adapted for contemporary planning, and the gardens would bloom again, on the scarp from Natolin's Roskosz palace to the Bruhl's palace in Marymont district. Just imagine the walk you could take in the spring, starting from Królikarnia, Warsaw University or Belvedere Palace and finally visiting the orchards near the Charity Sisters' gardens. Such gardens, not parks, with a beautiful panorama from below, would be unique on the global scale. The gardens on top of the University Library somewhat correspond to those ideas. Years ago, there used to be an orchard in the downtown Warsaw, frequently visited in spring and autumn, and a modern-day natural orchard, with rare species of apple and pear trees, full of smells, sounds and insects that, situated on the slope, would make the Warsaw Scarp look quite spectacular. It could very well become a green trademark of the city.
Basing on the idea of intellectual-spiritual gardens, the library of the is being built near the church and old Carmelite monastery. Its terraced form, designed by JEMS Architects, cultivates the historic traditions of Warsaw Scarp gardens and is an excellent example of how tradition and nature should be treated.
The photo shows the highlands of Gniew, with the bluff of the scarp hovering over the waters of Vistula. That's how the Warsaw Scarp could have looked like a thousand years ago. Today, flattened and used as construction site, it is barely visible from the sky.
A fragment of the Baryczkowska Panorama, built in the second half of the 18th century, shows the Warsaw Scarp in from a different perspective. All you need to do is use your imagination to drag this picture on the contemporary aerial photo to create a 3D image of Warsaw as never seen before.
A unique view of mulls and ravines of the Warsaw Scarp, enhanced by lights shadows, and, of course, the aerial perspective. On one of the northern mulls, the Middle-Age Jazdów borough was situated. When you walk around Łazienki Park you cannot see it like that and hence, you do not realize how the terrain is sculpted.