The world of Czech culture is in mourning following the death of the renowned architect Jan Kaplický, who passed away on Wednesday evening. The loss is not just a major one for the Czech Republic, but a deep personal one for his family – Mr Kaplický died just three hours after his wife gave birth to a daughter in Prague.
On Tuesday, Czech officials announced the results of a nationwide tender on the design of the Czech pavilion for Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The winning entry was put forward by Film Dekor – a film specialising in interiors, model manufacturing, and set design. What will the pavilion look like? Find out here.
Radio Prague first reported back in 2004 on plans to build a “Czech quarter” in the Chinese city of Shanghai. That project is now a reality, with apartment blocks, villas and a hotel built to resemble the architecture of Prague - in fact the hotel is modelled on Prague’s Rudolfinum concert hall. There’s also, inevitably, a Czech-style pub.
Tuesday marks exactly 125 years since the opening of the National Theatre, one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic. The building was first opened in June 1881, but it was destroyed by fire and re-opened two years later, on the 18th of November 1883, to the sound of Bedřich Smetana’s Libuše. One year ago, the National Theatre launched an extensive renovation project; its first stage has just been completed. Earlier today, I asked the general director of the National Theatre, Ondřej Černý, to tell me what exactly was
Planning permission has been granted for a massive new office and commercial development at Prague’s Národní Třida metro station, which promises to change the face of this busy central intersection. The architects behind the plan promise to revitalize a location which has in recent years become associated with pickpockets and the homeless – but their plans have far from won universal approval. It looks likely that thousands of angry commuters whose journeys would be disrupted by the project will appeal against the construction.
Charles Bridge, Prague’s most famous landmark, which last year celebrated its 650th anniversary, has been undergoing a major reconstruction since August. The Czech Culture Ministry’s heritage inspection team has now come to a shocking conclusion: the ongoing repairs have done the bridge more harm than good. The report, published on the ministry’s website, claims that the reconstruction has allegedly harmed the aesthetic and artistic value of the bridge.
It is 90 years since the face of one of Prague’s best-known landmarks, its Old Town Square, changed dramatically. On November 3, 1918, the square’s prominent Marian column was torn down by Czechs who believed that it stood for defeat at the battle of Bílá Hora, and centuries of resultant Habsburg oppression. Some 90 years on, some Prague inhabitants are considering whether the monument should be rebuilt.
This week we reveal the identity of October’s mystery Czech, quote from your answers and announce the names of the four winners who will receive prizes from Radio Prague. Listeners quoted: Jana M. Vaculik, Barbara Ziemba, Harry Klugel, Krzysztof Borski, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Pier Carlo Acchino, Colin Law, Ivan Stržínek, Christine Takaguchi-Coates, Charles Konecny, Yukiko Maki, David Eldridge, Kristina Fallin.
In recent years, for the first time in my life, I actually enjoy going to the bank, and not just because I have developed a rapport with the clerk who one day announced she was my “personal banker”. After a move of flat, I simply transferred my accounts to the most convenient branch – and, what do you know, that branch is housed in a masterpiece of inter-war Czech architecture with a fascinating history.
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