People in fifty Czech towns and cities can take part in a series of events entitled Days of Architecture which focus on city planning and interesting architectural buildings in the given locality. The Days of Architecture, organized by the civic association Kruh, aim to raise public awareness of decisions impacting people’s surroundings, insensitive reconstructions, co-existence of historic and modern architectural styles, public spaces and the revitalization of communist-era housing estates. The program includes lectures, forums, film screenings, and excursions in search of architecture and interesting exhibitions that are dedicated to new trends in architecture.
Moves to sell off one of Pardubíce’s most prized pieces of industrial heritage have created a stir with the municipal council under attack for not having stepped in earlier to safeguard its future. The rumpus has been caused by the decision of the Austrian owner of the Automatic Mills, an historic building designed by famed architect Josef Gočár, to sell the building for a target price of 25 million crowns. Pardubice city council had wanted to buy the site and to turn it into an arts and culture centre but attempts to do so broke down. The town will now have to see what the intentions of a new owner are.
Prague is no doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but how exactly will the city develop in the future? Should the new buildings respect the historical skyline? How many cars should be allowed to park in the city centre? And should Prague be allowed to sprawl outwards or make better use of the space in the centre? These are just some of the issues addressed by the new building regulations plan, which has recently became the subject of a political battle at Prague City Hall. In fact, the plan put together by a team of experts around former
he Ministry of Regional Development will apparently be asked to intervene in the case of the so-called ‘Marshmallow,’ a controversial building project in the centre of Prague which has sparked opposition from local residents and heritage organisations. The project, given its name because of its pastel colours and shape, was originally approved by Prague one district. But Prague City Hall has since started to probe the zoning approval. The project developer regards this as illegal and is now seeking an intervention from the ministry, the Czech News Agency reported.
The fourth edition of the reSite festival and conference, focusing on urbanism and the rethinking of public space, has just gotten underway in Prague. Over the course of Thursday and Friday, the festival will be hosting dozens of guests from all around the world who will be debating the use of shared space in the city. I spoke to Milota Sidorová, one of the festival’s organizers:
A controversial building project in the centre of Prague has been given planning approval. The so-called “Marshmallow” a six story apartment building in pastel shades of pink, grey, and white near the St Agnes 13th century convent in Prague’s Old Town has been approved by the local authority according to public broadcaster Czech Television. Construction work cannot, however, start before an appeals are heard. The striking building has been the subject of opposition and public demonstrations by a series of protest groups.
A controversial new building set to be erected next to the 13th century convent of Saint Agnes in the historical centre of Prague has sparked heated controversy. The co-called “Marshmallow House” has become a thorn in the flesh of local inhabitants as well as a number of architects and preservationists.
In this week’s Arts, I talk to Karolína Garguláková, an independent filmmaker who, with her husband Lukáš, is producing Baťa Lives about inhabitants of neighborhoods built by the famous Baťa Shoe Company in cities around the world. Such areas, designed according to the same basic blueprint, still exist in the Netherlands, India, Brazil or Canada. It would be a mistake to think, however, the film was a history of the Baťa business empire.
A new exhibition located in the upper part of Prague’s Wenceslas Square is displaying dozens of large format photos depicting the square’s golden era, which is in sharp contrast with its present state. What was once a living city boulevard has in the course of past decades turned into a rather unpleasant and crowded street with fast food venues, which locals try to avoid if they can. Ruth Frankova has more in this week’s In Focus:
New foreigners’ law to change conditions for non-EU nationals
Czech foreign ministry reports record number of visa applications
Czech rock climber Adam Ondra knocked out of World Cup in Japan
New index shows locations with best quality of life in Czech Republic
Archaeologists unearth rare Renaissance-Baroque brew house in ‘Czech Paradise’