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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

Zygmunt Borawski

Zygmunt Borawski

is Editor of the Architecture & Design section. A blueprint poet.

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Building with Colour

Building with Colour
The Work of Luis Barragán

Magazine / society
The Mexican architect Luis Barragán brought a wealth of colours to the walls of his buildings, always working in tune with the natural appearance of local surroundings. Zygmunt Borawski
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Hurricane-Proof Homes

Hurricane-Proof Homes
Preparing for Extreme Weather

Magazine / society
America’s coastal cities are already threatened by hurricanes, and global warming will only make this worse. How can architects adapt to this reality? Zygmunt Borawski
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Touch the Earth Lightly

Touch the Earth Lightly
An Innovative Aboriginal Home

Magazine / society
In the village of Yirrkala, on the Gulf of Carpentaria, stands a striking house. Designed by the architect Glenn Murcutt it pays homage to the cultural heritage of its Aboriginal inhabitant. Zygmunt Borawski
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Dreaming of Crystal Houses

Dreaming of Crystal Houses
The Great Victorian Exhibition Space

Magazine / society
In the mid-19th century, the British were planning a world fair to consolidate their empire’s reputation on the global stage. They needed a pavilion to house the exhibition in, and Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace did not disappoint. Zygmunt Borawski
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Our Favourite Architecture From the ‘New East’

Our Favourite Architecture From the ‘New East’
Top 10 of the Decade

Reading / society
As we reach the end of the 2010s, “Przekrój” looks back on our favourites of the last decade. Here, we give a subjective overview of the best architectural designs realized in Central and Eastern Europe. Zygmunt Borawski
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The Home of Happy Orphanhood

The Home of Happy Orphanhood
An Orphanage in Amsterdam

Magazine / society
In the 1960s, an attempt was made to create the perfect children’s home in Amsterdam. Today, there are no orphanages in the Netherlands, but Aldo van Eyck’s great architecture remains. Zygmunt Borawski
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Unspecified Bodies in Movement

Unspecified Bodies in Movement
The Life of Carlo Mollino

Reading / society
The Italian architect Carlo Mollino lived a long life where he pursued many passions. He designed a number of extraordinary buildings in his native Turin, as well as finding time to create a collection of Polaroid nudes and bring to life a record-breaking sports car. Zygmunt Borawski
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In Hope of a Garden

In Hope of a Garden
An Interview with Gilles Clément

Magazine / society
Gilles Clément talks about becoming a landscape designer, respecting and working with nature, and why the entire planet is one big garden. Zygmunt Borawski
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A Non-Bauhaus Fairytale

A Non-Bauhaus Fairytale
The Early Architecture of Walter Gropius

Magazine / society
Walter Gropius is best known as the founder of the Bauhaus and a leading proponent of the International Style. Yet if we look back to 1906, we find an altogether different type of architecture in his repertoire. Zygmunt Borawski
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Bookworm Cabin

Bookworm Cabin
A Little House for Book Lovers

Magazine / society
A couple tell us how they crowdfunded their own slice of tranquil escapism – a small, woodside cabin full of books. Zygmunt Borawski
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Less Is Not More, Less Is Enough

Less Is Not More, Less Is Enough
An Interview with Pier Vittorio Aureli

Magazine / culture
Pier Vittorio Aureli talks about architecture, asceticism, and the lubricating properties of contemporary minimalism. Zygmunt Borawski
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A Golden Pole Star

A Golden Pole Star
The Polish Antarctic Station

Magazine / society
Work is underway to build a new headquarters for the Polish Antarctic Station. Its unusual, aerodynamic structure will be lifted three metres above ground, making it possible for snow and wind to flow freely below the base. Zygmunt Borawski
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The Most Important Refrigerator in the World

The Most Important Refrigerator in the World
Inside the Global Seed Vault

Magazine / society
The Global Seed Vault’s doors are closed for 350 days a year. And for good reasons too – it might just save humanity in the event of a mass disaster. Zygmunt Borawski
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Space Mess

Space Mess
Interior Design in Space Stations

Magazine / society
When we think of space stations, it’s tempting to imagine meticulous Kubrickian interiors. The reality is something much more chaotic. Zygmunt Borawski
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A Wooden House Powered by the Sun

A Wooden House Powered by the Sun

Reading / culture
A new home owner tells us how she built an environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient house from wood. Zygmunt Borawski
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A Modern Tribe

A Modern Tribe
The Halen Housing Development

Magazine / society
Close to the Swiss capital lies a housing estate, overgrown with greenery and seemingly in ruins. Yet among the modernist terraces lives a small but thriving community. Zygmunt Borawski