dr Dominika Brodowicz
Who are you?
As I’ve recently found out from one of my 3-year old son’s wise books—I am a female scholar 🙂 From time to time, I also act as consultant for municipal and commercial projects.
What are you currently engaged in?
For years, I have been passionately seeking trends and directions in the development of cities and the real estate market in various parts of the world, mainly in Europe and North America. By studying both the past and the present, I develop scenarios for urbanized areas for the coming decades. I focus on green and intelligent development, on socially responsible investing in real estate and on tangible and intangible heritage of cities. I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Innovative City at the Warsaw School of Economics [SGH] and the head of PragaLAB, part of the OpenHeritage project.
Former relevant experience
My way of thinking about a city as a “system of interconnected vessels” has been shaped by my doctoral research at The Futures Academy, Dublin Institute of Technology, and above all the project 2030 Built Environment Foresight 2030: Sustainable Development Imperative in which I collaborated at the RICS Foundation and the King Sturge (currently part of JLL). Based on these experiences and knowledge, I developed and implemented, among others, a project dedicated to responsible investing in the real estate market and to eco-innovations in cities. I am academically associated with CityScienceLab, HafenCityUniversität Hamburg (postdoc ZEIT-Stiftung) and the School of Architecture, University of Virginia (postdoc of the Kosciuszko Foundation), and more practically with the dr^2.ai think-tank.
What is your connection with Praga?
Actually, I have had a connection with Praga since early childhood. As a little girl, I often visited the “other side” of Warsaw with my parents who both worked there for many years. The state-owned enterprise where they were employed was privatised in the 1990s and then closed down. Many precious Praga business projects suffered similar fate, and the negative effects of their disappearance are still visible today. Back to the joyful memories—I was fascinated by the Różycki Bazaar, its hustle and bustle, unique ambience, local bands, food. To this day, I remember the wonderful pink snow boots from Różyc that I chose at the age of 5, as well as family excursions to the zoo (nowadays I have a completely different opinion and awareness of what such places are, but that’s another story …).
What values do you cherish most in Praga?
When I think about Praga, I think about authenticity and history, but also about a very active and committed community. Its members form larger and—more importantly—smaller initiatives, from associations and activist groups to residents who, like in no other district of Warsaw, are interested in what is happening in their neighbourhood. Therefore, we are dealing with an area of historical, architectural and communal value where residents and local enthusiasts create its unique atmosphere.