Polish Federation of Engineering Associations

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Federation of Engineering Associations FSNT–NOT
Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna
NOT logo - Poland.jpg
Type NGO
  • ul. Czackiego 3/5 street,
Area served
c. 110,000
Key people
President Ewa Mańkiewicz–Cudny (TKT) [1]
General Secretary Jerzy Gumiński (SITPMB)
Website www.not.org.pl/not

The Polish Federation of Engineering Associations FSNT–NOT (Polish: Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna NOT), translated interchangeably as: the Polish Chief, Main or Central Technical Organization; known also as the FSNT Federation in Poland: Federacja Stowarzyszeń Naukowo–Technicznych FSNT, is the biggest Polish association representing professional engineers and technicians with 110,000 members and 49 regional branches (Engineering Associations) across the country. Its headquarters have been in Warsaw since 1905.[2]

A similar organization was founded in 1835 in Paris, France as the Polish Polytechnical Society, during the military Partitions of Poland by foreign powers.[3] Since 1905 the association of Polish engineers has had a permanent office in Warsaw at Dom Technika located at ul. Czackiego 3/5 street. After World War II, the organization was re-activated on the initiative of Bolesław Rumiński in already liberated Warsaw on December 12, 1945. It was commonly known as NOT in Communist Poland, and renamed after the Revolutions of 1989 as the NOT Federation (Federacja Stowarzyszeń Naukowo-Technicznych – NOT). Since June 28, 2005 it had been called the Federation of Engineering Associations of Poland (Federacja Stowarzyszeń Naukowo-Technicznych w Polsce).[2]

Szkieletor in 2008, the unfinished NOT Tower, Kraków

The Szkieletor controversy[edit]

In the heyday of Edward Gierek decade in Communist Poland the Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna NOT began the construction of the 92-metre (24-floor) high-rise building known as the NOT Tower in Kraków. It was intended to provide a profusion of office-space.[4] The concrete shell was erected in 1975, but the building was never finished, because of economic constraints and political unrest leading to the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981.[5] In time, due to the unfinished (and blackening) building's resemblance to a skeleton, it was nicknamed "Szkieletor" by the people of Kraków after Skeletor, the arch-villain in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, a cartoon popular in Poland at that time.[4]

The structure remains the biggest eyesore in the skyline of the Royal City of Kraków, reportedly named by the editors of Huffington Post as one of the top-ten post-apocalyptic (i.e., abandoned and deserted) buildings in the world.[6] The "NOT Tower" is owned by TreiMorfa Project since 2005, expressing interest in renovating it.[4] Apparently, its controlled demolition suggested earlier by the British firm Medinbrand Ltd.[7] has been rejected by the Magistrate after further inspections, due to its structural stability.[4] More recently, in December 2011 the heated debate about its possible future, based on brand new plans by TreiMorfa, has been cut short by the local courts for legal reasons.[5] The ones most disappointed, it seems, are the average citizens.[8]


  1. ^ Władze FSNT-NOT (key people, homepage).
  2. ^ a b "Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna, Federacja Stowarzyszeń Naukowo-Technicznych" (in Polish). FSNT-NOT (homepage). 2012. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Polish Federation of Engineering Associations (NOT)". FSNT-NOT (homepage). Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d Grażyna Zawada (2012). "Szkieletor Tower Undefeated". Krakow Post - Poland News, Events, Lifestyle. Retrieved June 17, 2012.  (English)
  5. ^ a b "Szkieletor: Decyzja o warunkach zabudowy uchylona! (Szkieletor revitalization plan cancelled out!)" (in Polish). Krakow.Gazeta.pl. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kamil Kostrz (2012). "10 najciekawszych opuszczonych wieżowców na świecie". Gadling.com / Huffington Post. Grupa Onet.pl SA. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ Aneta Pawłowska (December 12, 2011). "Co będzie ze Szkieletorem?" (in Polish). PolishProperty.eu. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Posępny krajobraz ze Szkieletorem w tle" (in Polish). Source: krakow.pl, krakow.gazeta.pl. December 14, 2011. Retrieved June 17, 2012.