The National Library of Israel has started digitising a long-lost batch of archival materials, belonging to Franz Kafka’s friend Max Brod. They include, among other things, Kafka’s personal diary and a notebook in which he practiced Hebrew. Israel received the missing documents from a Swiss bank in August after years of international searches and legal disputes over the author’s legacy.
The Lennon Wall, located in a secluded square in Malá Strana near the French embassy, had long been a traditional place where anybody was free to do any type of graffiti they want, though the general subject was John Lennon and world peace. This symbol of freedom, born in the communist years, later became a significant Prague landmark, connected with the dissident years and the Velvet Revolution. But the overwhelming interest in it proved too much. Things got out of hand and now the famous wall is undergoing a major transformation.
A simmering row between Prague and Beijing has finally come to a head. After the former announced a decision to terminate a sister city agreement with the Chinese capital, the country’s embassy said late on Wednesday night that it had abrogated the document itself. But can the dispute actually harm Prague?
Beijing has terminated its sister agreement with Prague and will suspend
all official contacts with the Czech capital, the Czech News Agency
reported on Thursday quoting a statement from Beijing authorities supplied
by the Chinese Embassy in the Czech Republic. The embassy goes on to say
that representatives of the Prague coalition had been intentionally
interfering in China's internal affairs and deliberately violated the
sister agreement with Beijing.
Earlier this week Prague authorities voted to terminate the city’s agreement with Beijing, after which the Chinese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Zhang Jianmin posted on Facebook that Prague’s own interests will suffer, triggering a reaction from the Czech Foreign Minister Tomáš Petříček, who said that threats have no place in diplomacy.
The seventh Signal festival will again bring video mapping and light installations to the streets of Prague, every night from Thursday to Sunday. This year’s edition promises something special in the form of a piece by famous architect Eva Jiřičná, though it will also be overlapping with events linked to the funeral of singer Karel Gott. I discussed all that with Signal founder Martin Pošta, but first asked him about this year’s theme, which is revolution.
Prague finished 19th among 102 cities around the world in the first edition of a Smart City Index, put together by Switzerland’s IMD Competitiveness Centre and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. The index assesses the cities’ efforts in embracing smart technologies to improve their citizens’ lives. Prague finished ahead of London in the survey, in which Singapore ranked first.
The popularity of disaster movies shows how people are fascinated by catastrophes, natural and otherwise. Now there’s a permanent exhibition by the City of Prague Museum called “Prague on Fire” which gives visitors a multimedia experience of the history of the city’s devastating fires. It’s located in a 17th century water tower officially called the “New Mill Water Tower” though of course it’s not new anymore.
Prague has been placed 19th in the world ranking of smart cities, put
together by the IMD business school in Switzerland and the Singapore
University of Technology and Design.
The first edition of the IMD Smart City Index assesses a city’s efforts and success in embracing smart technologies to improve the lives of its citizens. Singapore is in the top spot out of the 102 cities included in the survey, followed by Zurich and Oslo.
The title of the city with the country’s tallest building could soon pass from Brno back to the capital, if plans for constructing a new skyscraper in Nové Butovice are given the green light. Top Tower, a project designed by the studio that features renowned sculptor David Černý, would be 135 metres tall and feature a massive, rusted out ship embedded in its structure.