Adam Gebrian is a young architect and journalist who has a regular column in the newspaper Lidové noviny, so naturally a tour of “his Prague” included stops at a couple of the city’s most interesting contemporary buildings. But let’s start today’s show at what he considers the most vibrant spot in the Czech capital right now: the Náplavka riverside walkway beneath the embankment Rašínovo nábřeží. Over a beer at (A)void, a rusty old boat converted into a “floating gallery” with a great view, I put it to Adam that Náplavka can at times be
One of the leading local real estate developers, the Developer Central Group has expressed an interest in purchasing the so-called Dancing House in the center of Prague for a quarter of a billion crowns. The developer announced that they want to house a museum of architecture and design in the modernist structure, co-designed by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry. The building’s current owner, CBRE Global Investors, said a few weeks ago that they want to sell the Dancing House. The building, which was completed in 1996, was originally meant to house a library, theater and a café, but the Dutch investor at the time opted for commercial use of the space. Currently, it houses offices and a restaurant on the top floor.
The week-long Prague Pride festival, which supports the LGBT community and tolerance towards all sexual orientations, began on Monday in Prague. This is the third year that a Pride festival is held in Prague and this year will feature many musical performances, public discussions, art exhibits and other events. On Saturday, the traditional Pride parade will take place in the center of the city. Last year, around 15,000 people attended the parade and organizers are expecting even greater attendance this year.
Prague Castle is considered one of the symbols of the Czech state. Once the seat of Bohemian kings, it now houses the Office of the Czech President, and its museums and galleries annually attract millions of visitors. But for over a hundred years, Prague Castle was half-forgotten. With the imperial court residing in Vienna throughout the 19th century, the castle only served as a luxurious hotel for the royal family and their relatives and friends. A recently published book of memoirs entitled A Greeting from the Castle Hill now offers an insider’s
The Regional Court in Prague, which will begin hearing the case of MP David Rath next week, has made clear TV cameras will only be allowed inside the courtroom in the first hour, after which reporters will only be allowed to take notes or make audio recordings. Media interest is expected to be very high; Mr Rath has been in custody since his arrest more than a year ago when he was apprehended with a suspected seven million crown bribe on his person. Ten others are are also charged in the corruption case, which begins on August 7.
I.P. Pavlova is known as one of the busiest areas in Prague – a metro station, crossroads of a number of key tram routes, and two arteries of the one of central Prague freeway the Magistrála, all make it a loud, dusty and fairly unfriendly location, especially for pedestrians. The Prague-based Centre for Central European Architecture decided to bring this place alive for three weeks, starting this past Saturday, with a multi-genre event called Open Stage I.P. Pavlova.
The Prague City Hall announced that the current calculation of the damages caused by this year’s flooding in the capital is more than four billion crowns. Around 2.2 billion were damages to municipal property, while around two million crowns worth of damages were registered on private property. The city hall presented this calculation to the Finance Ministry on Wednesday, though deputy mayor Jiří Vávra said the number may rise. The largest damages were to waterways infrastructure, roadways, monuments and the Prague zoo.
The English rock band Depeche Mode performed at a jammed Eden soccer stadium in Prague on Tuesday evening. The group, who are affectionately known as “Depešáci” by their Czech fans, first played in the city in 1988 and have performed here on many occasions since. Depeche Mode performed material from their most recent LP, Delta Machine, as well as many songs from a career spanning over three decades.
A water pipe burst in Prague 8 on Wednesday morning, leaving some 50 thousand residents of northern part of the city without running water. The neighborhoods of Střížkov, Prosek, Kobylisy, Ďáblice and parts of Libeň and Vysočany have no accesses to running water as of Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said that the repairs may last until Thursday morning. The spokesman for Prague waterways company said that the most likely cause of the accident is soil movement due to dry weather.
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