Hyperpolis is a conglomerate of Silesian cities which, for me, blend into a single Mega-city.
Its horizontal boundaries, from both geographical and social perspective, overlap. However, as far as the vertical, architectural dimension is concerned, Hyperpolis is a weave of three historical identities: German, communist and contemporary.
It is a city without people, though seen from a passers-by’s point of view. Monumental masses seem impermanent, ever-changing, constantly under construction. They multiply, transform, duplicate, intersperse the past with the present, continuance with novelty. A deserted Hyperpolis becomes
a quasi-existence – a physical manifestation of its residents’ awareness, disconnected from themselves.
Vertical frames cut through the city’s tissue, yet the edges of the frame make room for new possibilities. Just like a carefully cut branch, trimmed by a gardener, that allows new shoots to sprout in the same place. This is why I perceive Hyperpolis as a dynamic mosaic, an architectural patchwork – except that the boundaries between individual elements often vanish here, or new elements appear.
While cities are usually composed of just concrete, glass and brick, Hyperpolis has yet another significant component – the invincible and stubborn nature. It is being crushed and smothered, but comes back to life, it is unwanted, but puts up a struggle. Its vitality makes us realize that in fact it is the only constant and everlasting fabric of the city. When concrete fades and the city falls and is forgotten, greenery will take over and comfort the Hyperpolis.