Fifteen buildings were just recently added to the list of Czech Cultural Monuments, including an early 20th century power station in Poděbrady and Prague’s famous Lucerna Palace. The list also includes buildings from earlier periods, such as the Invalidovna complex, which featured prominently in Miloš Forman’s Amadeus.
A new exhibition mapping the vanishing architectural legacy of Iraqi’s Mosul got under way on Friday at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague. A team of experts from the Oriental Institute have been documenting the unique architecture in Mosul since 2015 from earlier records. The exhibition Monuments of Mosul presents the findings of archaeological and historical research as well as digitally recreated versions of some of the monuments, which have been destroyed by ISIS. It will be on display until the end of March.
British architectural historian Barbara Peacock was recently honoured with a Point of Light Award by Prime Minister Teresa May for her work in helping to repair, preserve and enhance the Czech Republic’s rich architectural heritage. Following a visit to the Czech Republic in the early 1990s, Ms. Peacock set up The Friends of Czech Heritage fund, winning over British and Czech volunteers to help restore historic buildings, gardens and landmarks around the country. Jiří Hošek, Czech Radio’s correspondent in the UK, met up with Barbara Peacock to talk
The city of Prague has stepped up the search for a suitable space to house the famous Slav Epic, a cycle of 20 large paintings by Alfons Mucha. After years of inactivity, various Prague districts are putting forward suggestions of where the famous cycle would be displayed to the best advantage. Among the most flamboyant ideas is a plan for a golden oval- shaped gallery which would stand on the riverbank.
Organisers on Sunday unveiled a modern metal sculpture in Hradec Králové of the late architect Alexander Pur, who died in 2011. The work depicts the architect as a cyclist, near sites he helped renovate including the Klicpera Theatre or Beseda Theatre. Pur would have been 70 this year. The sculpture in his memory, located at the town's Malé náměstí, is by Tomáš Mišík.
British architectural historian Barbara Peacock has received a Ray of Light award from Prime Minister Theresa May for her work in helping to preserve the Czech Republic’s architectural legacy, Jiří Šebek from the British Embassy in Prague told the ctk news agency. In 2007 Barbara Peacock co-founded the Friends of Czech Heritage charity that raises money to help Czech architectural treasures at risk. The charity has worked on 23 reconstruction projects in the Czech Republic and is currently planning seven more. Among the chateaux it helped restore are the chateau in Červený Dvůr and Uherčice.
With environmental issues becoming more prominent, the off-grid movement where dwelling, for example, are reliant on their own sources of power and water, has been gaining more and more support and interest around the world. A new project called Český Ostrovní dům or Czech Island House seeks to raise awareness of self-sustainable living in the Czech Republic. Twelve months ago, they launched a competition for architecture students, asking them to create their own project for an off grid building, and just recently they have announced its first winners.
Václav Havel is probably the single most important figure in modern Czech history. Havel was born here in Prague and spent virtually his entire life in the capital. In this programme we will visit a number of spots in the city closely associated with the playwright, dissident and president. And for that we absolutely couldn’t have a better guide than the architect and writer Zdeněk Lukeš, who served under Havel at Prague Castle in the 1990s and in 2016 brought out the excellent guidebook Václav Havel’s Prague.
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