DISCOVER THE PRAGUE WILDERNESS
21. 6. – 30. 9. 2018
LANDSCAPE FESTIVAL PRAGUE 2018
DISCOVER THE PRAGUE WILDERNESS
21. 6. – 30. 9. 2018
After two years, the 6th Landscape Festival returns to Prague, touching on the urban public space and the urbanised landscape in the Czech Republic.
This year, the Prague localities which are currently the subject of discussion on their new future – Štvanice Island, Rohan Island, Vítkov Hill and Lower Žižkov – have been selected for discussion with the professional public. After their future revitalisation, these should become an example of quality development of the urban landscape and public space in the greater Prague. One of the main topics of this year is the sustainability of the quality of living environment in relation to the urban landscape and the public space of Czech cities, as well as the discussion on the adaptation to climate change.
The Festival does not have a central location. Its main idea is the creation of an alternative tourist route away from the over-populated centre, the interconnection of the localities of “the Prague Wilderness” and the introduction of the potential of possible future centres of social activities of the respective city districts. Furthermore, the goal is also to seek broader urban relationships with other localities.
In many sites on this route, daffodils bloomed in April, planted as part of the autumn workshop, and illuminating as a vanguard the pathway of the festival to highlight places where visitors will encounter the most significant Festival events. These are site-specific installations and architectural interventions associated with workshops and events, always responding to specific locations and the issues they involve. The aim is to cultivate, perfect and outline new solutions.
A cycle of expert debates and lectures will be held in September at the time of the political campaign before the municipal elections, and could become an important platform for dialogue between representatives, experts and the public.
instalations in public space
artists, architects and institutions
Petr Adámek • Atelier Matouš Jebavý ČZU • 2021 architekti • Archwerk • Eugen Brikcius • Alžběta Brůhová + kol. IPR Praha • Eliška Bělochová + Viera Moravčíková + Jitka Benešová + Ján Gajdoš • kolektiv autorů ČAKA/SZKT • Milena Dopitová • Lenka Dřevjaná • Iva Dvořáková + Ondřej Pokoj • Egoé • Ehl & Koumar architekti • Epos 257 • Jakub Fišer • Roman Franta + Katarína Chalániová • Alice Frydrychová + Petra Kunovská + Marek Vrabec + Tereza Žižková • Kurt Gebauer + Žanda Gebauer • gojo collective • Anastasia Grigoryeva + Alžběta Čiperová + Markéta Musilová • Hannes Gröblacher + Carla Lo • Martin Gsandtner • H3T architekti • Hebron • Herrmann & Coufal + David Karásek + Viktor Šašinka • Pavlína Hlavsová • Aleš Hnízdil • Pavel Karous • Lenka Klodová • Deana Kolenčíková • Jiří Kovanda • Jiří Kotal • František Kowolowski • Petr Lada • Matouš Lipus • naOkraji • OTTOTTO • Jan Paclt • Prague Idiots • RKAW • Šárka Roučová • Jan Soumar • Čestmír Suška • Miloš Šejn • Johana Šimčíková + Jakub Med • Dagmar Šubrtová • Roman Švejda + Lukáš Gavlovský • Kai Teichert • Timo • Benedikt Tolar • Trevisan atelier + • Jiří Ullwer + Sabina Loudová • Tomáš Vaněk • Woven • Marie Zandálková • Zeb One • Juliána Dolíhalová + Petra Pchálková + Karolína Posová + Vilém Michna • Ladislav Plíhal
This significant Prague island still awaits its involvement and the revival of its fading glory. Until this occurs, there is much room for an alternative that is already taking root here. The shabby functionalist café by architect Josef Fuchs has become the centre of activities. The presentation of the projects in this dilapidated building shows how this desolate island could become a new green oasis in future, by the integration of sporting facilities.
Rohan Island and the Karlín Foothills of Vítkov
Not only is the northern slope of Vítkov Hill cut off by a railway line from Karlin residents, but in places with potential permeability it is now threatened with separation by the wall of new administrative buildings. The interconnection of the dynamically developing Karlín post-industrial zone with this unique island of “wildlife” is essential. The project of a new station near the Karlín tunnel seems to be dormant as well. The arrival at Vítkov from Florenc and the wildlife of the Rohan Island bio-corridor also make for a very dismal location.
This important and unique landmark in the heart of Prague, located on the interface of three city districts (Prague 1, Prague 3 and Prague 8) is a place that awaits strategic integration into the public life of residents and visitors to Prague. Vítkov currently divides the city, instead of connecting its various parts. By sensitive touches and a makeover, it could be transformed into a landscape of art or a landscape of Czech statehood.
The cycling trail leading under Vítkov hill on the original site of the Vítkov mono-railroad line from the end of the 19th century, with a reconstructed bridge and a tunnel through Vítkov Hill are unique sights. An analogy with the current already legendary conversion of the New York High Line is automatically suggested here. However, it is a far cry from New York’s landscaping qualities, utility and fun. Particularly the section along the southern foot of Vítkov Hill could become a much more hospitable and inhabitable area, becoming the dominant feature of Lower Žižkov.
The Festival takes place with significant support by the Capital City of Prague and in collaboration with the Institute of Planning and Development of the City of Prague, and of Prague 3, Prague 7 and Prague 8 city districts.
UNDER THE AUSPICES OF
Jana Plamínková, councillor of the city of Prague
Ministry of Culture of CR
Ministry for Regional Development of CR
Ministry of the Environment of CR
The Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, supported by the Ministry of Culture, other partners and companies, has been organizing the LANDSCAPE FESTIVAL since 2013. In the years 2014 to 2015 it took place at the Žižkov Freight Railway Station, which will also be a part of the upcoming year.