Hunting Down The Work of Architect Pawel Pietkun

Pawel Pietkun

Pawel Pietkun

Does anyone else worry about the early onset of Alzheimer’s? The neurodegenerative condition is marked by the accumulation of amyloid plaques within the brain, and I catch myself blaming all kinds of cognitive shortcomings on these proteins that I am certain are beginning to accumulate between the neurons that I need to think. Why can’t I ever spell sandwich correctly? Why can’t I ever remember if Zyrtec is the allergy medicine that I take or some erectile dysfunction medicine that I’ve seen advertised on TV ad nauseam? It must be the amyloid. I know it’s irrational to jump from “sandwhich” to “Alzheimer’s” and that the more rational culprit is sleep deprivation… but I also blame being irrational on my unwanted amyloid.

When I started putting together drawings for this week, I really wanted to include serval drawings that are poorly documented on the Internet. I can find names of folks, and hundreds of instances of the drawings on tumblr, but that’s about it. So I wanted to preface today’s drawings, by Pawel Pietkun, by saying that information on the architect is scant, and the rest is hiding in Polish. I’m not exactly sure how he made these images, what physical and digital tools he used, or if he is actually a he or she, but I do know that the images above were made for a competition to renew China’s traditional village lifestyle. The drawings above are part of Pietkun’s entry, and this is how Pietkun describes his entry:

“The project’s main idea is to activate the bay area of Xiaosi’ao Village, transforming its character from a port to a lively place with functions like exhibition and meeting spaces, market, park, beach, promenade, performance rooms, ferry dock and fishing facilities.”

I was able to find other work by Pietkun, for another competition. This competition for “young architects and architecture students who were asked to describe a fluently connected, compatible and diverse urban landscape, with a focus on one particular urban typology: the street.” Pietkun was honorably mentioned by the jury, and one of his boards is below. It’s a completely different style of redering, but has a similar, airy quality.

Pawel Pietkun

Still, the person responsible for these images remains a mystery. It doesn’t help that Pietkun shares his name with an economic journalist and (according to Google Translate) “astronomer with a passion” who has saturated polish-language websites with his namesake. If you happen to know the Pawel Pietkun who made these images, or something else about him, email me at I’ll happily add any information or links about him to this entry. In the meantime, I’ll be combing through Google search results trying to figure out if the Internet really is a murky place, or the amyloids in my brain is simply slowing my progress through it.

November 9, 2012 / By