This year's reVision of Typology seeks conceptual tools for the spatial development of universities

On 22 April 2022, the Department of Building Theory will hold the 5th annual one-day conference reVision Typology at the Faculty of Architecture of the CTU in Prague, this year on the theme UNIVERSITIES – tools of spatial development. The aim of the conference is to explore the conceptual tools and internal processes of universities in planning their development and managing the built environment. One of the three thematic blocks will be dedicated to the CTU.

Traditional Czech universities, which include the CTU in Prague, are large and relatively complexly managed institutions that can benefit from the gravitational force of their own size, which to some extent protects them from competition in their home environment. However, with accelerating globalisation – increasing digitisation, language proficiency of the population and internationalisation of education and research, there is a growing involvement in the international education and research world and with it the need for more operational coordination and direction of internal processes. Naturally, this also includes taking care of one's own built environment.

Related to this are a number of questions that do not provide a clear or satisfactory answer in the current university environment:

  • What role does the built environment of a university play in the quality of teaching and research?
  • What are the main themes of the current spatial development of (Czech) universities?
  • What conceptual tools do universities have to stabilize and promote these topics?
  • How to effectively coordinate the development and management of your own real estate fund in a situation of relative autonomy of the individual components. What is the appropriate cost of such development and its coordination?
  • Who are the main parties involved in these processes and how can they be effectively involved? What role can the MoEYS play, what role can the academic bodies of universities play, what role can their individual units play and what role can the whole academic community play?
  • How can the individual units of the CTU in Prague contribute to better coordination of the spatial development of the university?

The aim of the reVision Typology 2022 is to explore this hitherto rather neglected area of university life and thus contribute to the clarification of these processes in the entire Czech academic environment, but especially at the CTU in Prague.

Expected programme of the conference

09:00 – 09:10     Opening speech and welcome
09:10 – 09:30     Michal Kohout   Basic questions on the topic
09:30 – 11:00    Block 1 – Development of Universities in the Czech Republic (moderated by Ondřej Tuček)

11:00 11:15     Coffee break
11:15 – 12:45     Block 2 – CTU Development (moderated by Michal Kohout)
12:45 14:00     Lunch
14:00 – 15:30     Block 3 – Case studies  (moderated by Pavla Melková)
15:30 16:00     Final summary

About the conference:

The conference will take place in person at the FA CTU (room 152/153) and will be broadcast live in the MS Teams environment. Registration for the conference is required, participation is free of charge.

Contact and information:

Jana KUBCOVÁ / E: / T: 775 05 79 05

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