On absent buildings
a walk with Petr Klíma
- Saturday Oct 10 / 14:00, Desfours Palace
Pro city walks – get to know your city and its public spaces. Personal and unconventional views of a selected locality – Masaryk Station, Florenc, Karlín and the immediate surroundings.
What buildings in Prague’s New Town are no longer a part of the city’s current skyline? And which were never given a chance to become a part of it? Can we apply the concept of alternative history to the urban space? In what context should we view the “missing city” along the north-south arterial known as the “magistrála”? Why is there no concert hall on Náměstí Republiky? And what has been the impact on Prague of replacing the former Rudé Právo complex with the Florentinum? We will explore the answers to these questions and others on a walk from Náměstí Republiky to Florenc.
Petr Klíma is an architect and historian of architecture. He is a graduate of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Faculty of Philosophy and Arts), Czech Technical University in Prague (Faculty of Architecture) and the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague. He spent several years teaching at the University of West Bohemia’s Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, where he still lectures today. He is the author of Kotvy máje: České obchodní domy 1965–1975 and edited the book Růžena Žertová: Architektka domů i věcí. He is involved in the Pěstuj Prostor (Cultivate Space) association, where he organizes events and projects related to architecture and public space – currently, this includes primarily the Pilsen Architecture Manual (PAM).