Praha - Pentagon Pankrác exteriors and its wider context
The assignment will be carried out in close cooperation with Prague 4. You can expect feedback from the municipality and real contracting authority. M, L and XL scale task aimed on urban space and its sustainability in combination with many other aspects coming from different interests formulated by the municipality, stakeholders and public.
The current state is a mixture of partially implemented projects and previous development, which, apart from the obvious lack of residential feeling, does not correspond to the current standards of public space. There is not only a need for representation of the numerous interests in the territory, which is continuously exposed to the pressure from various sides, but especially the user quality and overall sustainability, which is currently rather problematic. It is necessary to solve the problems arising from gradually obsolete concepts with different dates of origin intertwining in the area. In addition to the existence of visibly unfinished, very windy and rather unpleasant public areas, there can be felt lack of unified (or often any) character, as well as lack of shade or suitably placed furniture. Part of the task is to communicate with all the players in the area and jointly find a solution acceptable to stakeholders and the public, evaluate the opportunities that space can provide to existing and new activities and to find a solution that connects all the necessary aspects.
In the medium scale, the solution will focus on the eastern public areas along the Na Pankráci Street, with links to the shopping center, hotel and office buildings. The connection to the own road and the metro station will play an important role here. In larger scale, it is possible to see the exteriors of the entire Pentagon with an overlap to the surrounding streets - especially Pujmanové and Na Pankráci streets. Also it is important to suggest the direction of Central Park in the context of construction development, which will continue north of the park in the near future in the form of Central Group investment plan. In the large scale, the connection to the Czech Television complex and thus the Vltava will be added to the above - the goal is to create a green belt and a pedestrian connection between Pankrác and the nature reserve Dvorecké stráně and subsequently the Podolské embankment.
Spaces to be worked with:
- eastern part of the exterior of Pankrác pentagon (middle scale) – with focus on the following:
- the space between Na Pankráci and the buildings housing the Conference center and City Empiria
- northeast corner of the pentagon
- terraces between Na Pankráci street and the Arkády shopping mall
- exteriors of the whole pentagon with its connections to the surroundings, taking into account the connections through its inner exterior spaces frequently used by pedestrians as a connection to the metro station
- Pujmanové and Na Pankráci streets
- Central park and its possible change in future concerning the surrounding development
- in addition to Bigger scale green belt and pedestrian and cyclist connection through Dvorecké stráně to Vltava river
In the beginning of the semester, there will be an online meeting with the municipality organized to get all the information needed, and also other meetings and presentations, either online or real-life.
Praha - Veleslavín
Topic will be further developed and worked on together with citizens association Hradní potok, who are interested in showing the potential of the place and point out its decaying state and also in collaboration with studio Klokočka from the Department of Urbanism. M and L scale project task combining different topics emerging from traditional conflicts between old and new, business and cultural value, machines and people and people and other people.
Veleslavín is a medieval village, that used to belong to monastery of Břevnov. The Chateau, set in its center, was built in mid 18th century and became a dominant feature of an open landscape in its surroundings. It is quickly becoming the only undeveloped green space, while active development and intensifying traffic is significantly complicating the passableness of the entire district, not to mention it is gradually losing its character.
The area of Starý Veleslavín no more has a proper square or center. The whole area suffers from the efforts of the owners of the surrounding land for their maximum use and interest – they are being densified by housebuilding complemented by a large car showroom, which continually consumes the very center of the former village. Moreover, in the immediate vicinity of this district lies Evropská třída, Buštěhradská dráha and a bus station, which together with the metro form a busy transport hub.
The area lacks a local center, quiet, cultivated public space and public facilities, which could be possibly situated in the historical park, which has to be renewed with respect to its importance, but also to current needs. It is also becoming more and more important to optimize the connections and links between the areas in wider context and find a suitable concept of public space, which is terrorized by ruthless business manifested at the expense of social life and deeper values.
Spaces to be worked with:
- historical park around the Chateau + former village center (now occupied by the car showroom)
- historical park around the Chateau + former gardening center and heating plant area
L (in addition to the above)
- spring of Dejvický potok in the park and its valley
- concept for wider area to be included too (connections to Veleslavin bus and metro station, Strnadovy zahrady, passage through the railway, connections to Petřiny and other topics)
Further details, photos and other information can be found on the website of Zámek Veleslavín. In the beginning of the semester, there will be a meeting and introduction to the site with the locals and other studios who would be working on the task.