• Optimism surpasses uncertainty

    Periods of Katowice’s rapid growth have been inspired by enthusiastic visions or business interests of the city rulers. After the initial tenure of wealthy industrial magnates, came the authorities of interwar Poland with an ambition to build an avant-garde city. These, in turn, were followed by the representatives of the communist state of the 60s and 70s, who went on to create a new metropolis with even greater impetus. Dubbed the American City, it was not only a promised land giving people work, but was also made to undergo the most complex of transformations at breakneck speed and with no regard for own heritage. Katowice’s landscape and identity were largely shaped by mining and metallurgy. Currently, the city is looking for alternative ways of grow and find a new "Katowice dream" for the future.