Dalibor Vesely, a celebrated architectural historian, philosopher and teacher, died this week in London aged 79. Over the course of his teaching career, which spanned five decades, he tutored a number of the world’s leading architects and thinkers from Daniel Libeskind, Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Robin Evans, to Mohsen Mostafavi and David Leatherbarrow.
Vesely was born in Prague in 1934, five years before the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. Following World War II, he studied engineering, architecture, art history and philosophy in Prague, Munich, Paris and Heidelberg. He was awarded his doctorate from Charles University (Prague) having been taught and supervised by Josef Havlicek, Karel Honzik, and Jaroslav Fragner. Although later he would be tutored by James Stirling, it was the philosopher of phenomenology Jan Patočka who, in his own words, “contributed more than anyone else to [his] overall intellectual orientation and to the articulation of some of the critical topics” explored in his seminal book, Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation, published in 2004.
Three practices have been appointed to the design team for Oaks Prague, a new rural residential development located in the commune of Popivičky, close to the city of Prague. John Pawson, Richard Meier + Partners and Eva Jiřičná with AI-Design have drawn up design proposals for key buildings for the scheme, which is managed by the Czech development company Arendon. In November last year, ten practices were shortlisted in a competition to design housing schemes for the €400 million, 220-home “residential and lifestyle development” in Popivičky.
The entire development, which has previously been master-planned by EDSA assisted by Chapman Taylor and John Thompson & Partners, “responds to the form, layout and vernacular of the surrounding Czech villages.”
The Czech Republic-based Arendon Development Company has selected seven British practices and three Czech practices to work together on Oaks Prague, a new €400 million, 220-home “residential and lifestyle development” 20 kilometres South-East of Prague within the commune of Popivičky.
Selected through a competition organized by Malcolm Reading Consultants, the ten practices will join the team of Edward Durell Stone Jr and Associates, who masterplanned the development to include a golf club, hotel and spa at its centre, and John Thompson & Partners, who developed a pattern book and style guide for Oaks Prague.
Read on after the break for the full list of selected architects
Last year, we covered extensively reSITE 2013, a two-day conference on urban planning strategies with notable speakers such as Enrique Peñalosa, Alexandros E. Washburn, Winy Maas, and Cecil Balmond. As part of the festival, Balmond also lead a workshop (results here) to imagine the future mobile event pavilion.
reSITE 2014 will take place June 19-20 in Forum Karlín, Prague. Speakers for this year include Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic at The New York Times; Margaret Newman, Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation; and Edward Glaeser, author of “Triumph of the City”. Representatives from Rotterdam, London, Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Calgary and Paris will also be sharing their thought and visions. One of the most interesting aspects of reSITE is its interdisciplinary nature. Developers and business leaders, architects and experts on transport, urbanists and economists, politicians and activists working with public space will all meet within particular discussion boards.
The early registration will continue until February 28, with a 15% discount on the registration fee. You may register at http://resite.cz/en/registration. For more information on the conference and complete program, please go to http://resite.cz/en.
Title: reSITE 2014: Cities and Landscapes of the New Economy
From: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:45
Until: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:00
Venue: Karlin Forum
Address: Pernerova 652/55, 186 00 Prague 8-Karlín, Czech Republic
The formal opening will be held in JFG today at 7 pm. The vernissage will be preceded by a lecture in Room 115 from 5 pm by Rok Oman, a founding member of OFIS Arhitekti studio, at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. The lecture will be in English. Admission is free.