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76 projects that will change Prague; exhibition showcases new apartments, bridges and squares

The Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) is presenting the Prague of the future with an exhibition titled “Prague Tomorrow?” A 25-meter-long projection wall presents 76 construction projects, including residential buildings, new public spaces, and major structures to improve railway and tram transportation. The three-month exhibition will also include a program of events and walks for children, and 9 special evenings focusing on various themes of construction and development.

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The most striking group of projects addresses the reconstruction of public spaces, including the park in Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square), the complete transformation of Vítězné náměstí (Victory Square), and the reconstruction of Malostranské náměstí (Lesser Town Square) and Klárov. There is also an accompanying program in the form of special lectures on Victory and Charles Squares.

“We can clearly see how many major projects have been initiated by the city itself. Investment in public space, infrastructure and street furniture is a basic pre-requisite for a modern and dynamic city. I’m also glad that these are the projects that have generated the greatest public interest. Public comments and feedback have helped raise the standards for which we strive,” says Prague Mayor, Zděněk Hřib.

Curator Adam Gebrian has included a mix of residential projects, administrative buildings and renovated schools and offices in the exhibit. Even though the exhibition does not aim to evaluate individual projects, it makes sure they stand out in the city in terms of their quality and concept.

Prague needs to develop. We believe that by presenting these projects, we will contribute to the positive perception of architecture and new construction. Quality examples can help establish a consensus among citizens that the city needs to develop and that modern architecture belongs here,” adds Deputy Mayor Petr Hlaváček.

The Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR) is the author or coordinator of many of the projects on display. One project that is showcased is the revitalization of the Emmaus Monastery complex where IPR and CAMP are headquartered. The space around architect Karel Prager’s “cube” buildings will become more accessible to the public.

“The entire space opened 5 years ago, when IPR was officially founded. We’ve prepared a project to revitalize the area that can be carried out alongside the necessary reconstruction of the building. We would like to set a good example and believe this will create a wonderful new park in the center of Prague,” says IPR Director, Ondřej Boháč.

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