Mobile workshops

 

Date & time: Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 13:30 – 18:30
Departure for all mobile workshops: Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Architecture, Thákurova 9, Prague 6
Meeting point: Atrium outside the main entrance of the Faculty of Architecture (please see the Floorplan)
Admission: With a valid ticket only (as per your choice during the registration process)

 

History FULLY BOOKED

Prague is the city with more than 1000 years history. Parts of town houses and pieces of early Christian architecture diffusely remained in relics from Romanesque period. In recent conditions of free market economy all these high valuable monuments are facing risks with connection to massive development projects in the city core.

The Old Town quarter - one of the oldest places in the city - is the pitoresque medieval town arised on the right bank of the Vltava River. Josefov as a part of it provided for long centuries a home for Prague Jewish families and crucial business activities. The people lived together with water here. Despite the enormous change its face at the end of 19th century in the name of “city rehabilitation”, same happens now again. The establishment of safe connection to water is a permanent planning issue.

At the end of 19th century the industrial revolution and fall of city walls enabled new impulses to growth into the modern city. New towns independent from Prague created a ring behind the former fortification. Really close together, but totally different – Žižkov quarter  located on the northern slope provided a home for low social class workers from Karlin town on the one hand, on the other Vinohrady quarters with came a high class quaresidental zone - town of rich neogoth cultural facilites located around the represantive central square. Especially particular places in Žižkov are facing significant transformation.

Inspired by German exhibitions of modernist housing, the original idea of a similar exhibition in Prague emerged in the 1920s. The site for the new housing development was found on a ridge of a hill, looking at the river and the city.  In fact, instead of the original idea of affordable housing, the colony on the hill Baba became a residence of film stars and high-rank elite. Close to natural preserved area and the river a quarter of luxurious villas was settled, with extraordinary collection of functionalist architecture designed by famous names of the Czech avantgarde architecture on the inter-war period.

 

History (XXth century) FULLY BOOKED

During the 20-ies new age housing colony on the hill Baba started to be built. In the exellent conditions Close to natural preserved area and the river in the north from the centre and newly founded quarter of Dejvice luxurious villas were settled. Even today it is a complement part of the city, calm and pleasent, it creates extraordinary collection functionalism forms and famous names of  Czech avantgarde architecture. (Janák, Žák)

 

Revitalisation 

Zizkov - At the end of 19th century the industrial revolution and fall of city walls enabled new impulses to growth into the modern city. New towns independent from Prague created a ring behind the former fortification. Really close together, but totally different – Žižkov quarter  located on the northern slope provided a home for low social class workers from Karlin town on the one hand, on the other Vinohrady quarters with came a high class quaresidental zone - town of rich neogoth cultural facilites located around the represantive central square. Especially particular places in Žižkov are facing significant transformation.

Karlin - re-start of classicist neighbourhood after flood 2002, Karlin, the very first Prague suburb of XIX century was heavily hit by the flood in 2002. The neighbourhood converted in attractive XXI century city centre location with vibrant streetlife, combination of old and modern architecture designed by famous architects.

Smichov - XIX. Centrury industrial suburb conversion into new millenium. Smichov, home town of Prague heavy industry converted into office and shopping district keeping luxury housing of XIX centruy along the riverside with walkways, houseboat cafes and bars.

Uhrineves - revitalized center of suburbian town, there are not many examples of revitalisation of the center of Prague suburbia. What are the typical inhabitats, what is the relatinoships of locals to newcomers, and how the municipality tackle with development issues?

 

Housing estates 

Almost 40% of Prague residents live on housing estates, in multifamily pre-fab blocks of flats. Unlike in the cities of Western Europe, the housing estates in this part of Euirope were not built as social housing but they accomodate all social groups.  The original social mix still remains but, unlike the time of their origin in the 1950s to the 1980s, now they accommodate mostly elderly people. National programmes were launched in the 1990s to improve the houses, particularly to decrease heat losses and reduce consumption of water. Most of the housing stock was privatised to former tenants who bought their flats for affordable prices. More recently, some of these new owners moved elsewhere (often to new suburban homes) and started to rent their flats to migrants. However, people that the estates still offer good service by public transit, lot of greenery and most everyday facilities available in the neighbourhood. On the other hand, they complain about poor maintenance of public space and lack of parking places for their cars.

 

Suburbs 

Jesenice is the example of the first major suburbanization wave in the Prague metropolitan region. A formerly small agricultural municipality expanded in population manifold. Now the sprawled conurbation is impacted by the Prague regional ring motorway, which has negative transportation impact on living environment, something that was not anticipated by the newcommers.

Dolní Břežany that is located in the same suburbanization zone as Jesenice anticipated future urban growth by creating new central public space, apartment housing and public park. The municipality is also affected by the workplace decentralization in Prague metropolitan region, with the European research center: Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) located on its territory. 

 

Region FULLY BOOKED

Kladno - the largest city of the Central Bohemian Region, together with its adjacent suburban areas forming an agglomeration of more than 110,000 inhabitants, situated in the close vicinity of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Kladno was the historical birthplace of Bohemian heavy industries in the past and now it is a city of dynamics, advanced and sophisticated technologies, green vegetation, sport and modern lifestyle.

 

Commercial development 

Pankrac business hub surrounded by "panelaks", Prague´s biggest business district erected among socialist housing estate, what is the challenge for local residents and developers there?

 

Bicycle tour FULLY BOOKED

A half day bike tour along Vltava embankment with comments to challenges of biking in hilly and car occupied Prague.

 

Architectural icons FULLY BOOKED

Gehry/Nouvel/Bofill/Meier - but  also locals Cigler Marani, ADNS and other studios let their footprints in Prague architecture scene. Guided tours in selected buildings.

 

Homeless adventure FULLY BOOKED

Special tour in downtown guided by homeless Prague inhabitants. More on http://pragulic.cz/