In mid-June, we hosted members of the Woman in Real Estate Poland (WIREP) organization in Gdańsk, which is a platform that supports women at work, giving them the opportunity to exchange experiences, acquire new skills, and establish business contacts. Together, we organized another edition of the so-called Property Walk, which is the flagship format of WIREP and combines a walk through unique architectural buildings with presentations, workshops, networking, and inspirational meetings.
The last edition “From history to #newstories” took place on the post-shipyard area. The participants began their tour of the area with a visit to the “Shipyard” exhibition at the European Solidarity Centre. Our guide, Dr. Magdalena Staręga passionately talked about the rich history of the shipyard and told us a few tidbits, such as the fact that area A was called “France” by the shipyard workers because the core of the buildings was financed by French war repairs.
Then, the participants visited the former A area with a guide from the Maritime Historical Foundation. In the Szatniowiec (cloakroom) building, where the foundation inaugurated a historical exhibition, the participants experienced a real return to the past. At the exhibition, they saw what the popular “M-2” flat looked like in the 1970s and 1980s and learned how Poles were traveling and spending their leisure time.
After the presentation of our activities and assumptions for the revitalization of the Imperial Shipyard area, the participants went to the Fire station building. During a joint lunch at the Mielżyński Gdańsk restaurant, interesting conversations began about the real estate industry, previous editions of the Property Walk, and less formal topics, which allowed the participants to better get to know each other. Then the participants met the Architect of the City of Gdańsk, prof. Piotr Lorens, who in the WL4 building introduced them to the idea of the Young City. After visiting exhibitions in the WL4 building, we ended the meeting at sunset in Little Sicily. The participants agreed that it was the best Property Walk so far and keep their fingers crossed for us, which is another confirmation for us that we are on the right track.