reSITE 2013: Livable and Competitive Cities Conference

reSITE invites investors, business leaders, real estate developers, politicians, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, experts in transportation, innovation, engineers, economists, financiers, community organizers, scientists, artists, students and those with an active interest in urban development and culture to attend reSITE Conference.

The second annual reSITE Conference in will be held on June 20-21, 2013 at the iconic DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague 7 – Holešovice. Here, conference guests will meet the world’s foremost experts in the field of real estate development, urban design, architecture, planning, technology and finance to discuss strategies for sustainable planning for modern, competitive cities with a high quality of life. reSITE strives to foster collaboration between disparate disciplines and is looking for modern, sustainable and financially practical solutions for better public space, urban waterfront and mobility; a better city.

reSITE Conference and Festival will feature 60 international experts, over 400 high-level guests, and thousands of people at public events. reSITE is the largest and most professional international event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. reSITE relies on their deep experience and international connections to top experts in New York and across the world, thereby offering a more engaging and relevant program than other conferences with similar topics.

Topics, key speakers, and more information after the break.

‘Prague: Bridge-Building over the Vltava River’ Competition Entry / Juráš Lasovský

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The intention of architect Juráš Lasovský for the ‘: Bridge-Building over the Vltava River’ competition was to disrupt the serenity of the basin landscape by proposing a residential bridge connecting the quarters of Podolí, Císařská louka and Smíchov. While classical bridges tend to create a connection between two places, this residential bridge is regarded as an opportunity to create an attractive space above the river. It becomes a space with residential premises as well as a sort of esplanade from which people get the chance to observe the city life around them. More images and architects’ description after the break.

reSITE dPAV Competition Workshop: 5 days to close the registration

This is an open call, two-stage international design competition workshop for architects, artists, engineers, innovators, scientists and related disciplines to imagine the future mobile event pavilion.

Led by Cecil Balmond, formerly of Arup Engineers and currently leading Balmond Studio in London, and Tyson Hosmer, Lead Designer, Balmond Studio, dPAV: 2.5 Days in competition workshop will be a 2.5 days intensive and collaborative investigation to compete to design the future reSITE pavilion to be used in urban design festivals around Central and Eastern Europe.

The competition workshop will be held in English and will finish the second annual reSITE festival. Register today! SUBMISSION DEADLINE – 30 MAY 2013. For more information see the official website: http://workshop.resite.cz/ or contact workshop@resite.cz.

Prague National Gallery Entrance Hall / Mateo Arquitectura

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Architects: Mateo Arquitectura
Location: Hradcanske Square, , Czech Republic
Author: Josep Lluís Mateo
Area: 1,500 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrià Goula

Residential Bridge Competition Entry / Rasha Kiani + Mahdi Kamboozia

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With the challenge of defining a new residential typology on the outskirt of a historic Prague zone that combines a pathway to cross the river and residential units over the Vltava River, Rasha Kiani and Mahdi Kamboozia proposed a new extension to Prague’s urban space. Their concept, which won an honorable mention, makes a lively and vibrant community that joins both sides of the Vltava River by means of social activities in a dynamic space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

reSITE 2013: Collaborative Ideas For Livable Cities Festival and Conference

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reSITE, the international festival about collaborative and sustainable urban planning, continues into its second year with more interesting themes and guests with the goal to transform into a modern European metropolis at the center of the urbanism world from June 19-23. The main theme of the second annual conference (June 20-21) is Metropolis Central – reflecting Central European cities and the increasing number of young, creative people who are the infinite resources of those urban centers. The conference will focus on providing a process and potential solutions for the conflicted desires of Central European citizens. More information after the break.

Prague Activators Proposal / Juras Lasovsky, Zuzana Masna, Koen Hezemans

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Designed by the collaboration of Juras Lasovsky, Zuzana Masna, and Koen Hezemans, their project “Prague Activators” suggests the idea of pontoons floating on the river. The pontoons “activate” the Vltava riverbank as well as various parts of the city of . The proposal was originally awarded at the Skanska Bridging Competition and was later elaborated into the current project Activators. The project aims to motivate people not only to pursue activities on the riverside, but also to inspire them to care for the public space and alter it. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City Green Court / Richard Meier & Partners

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Architects: Richard Meier & Partners
Location: Pankrac, , Czech Republic
Design Principals: Richard Meier, Dukho Yeon
Project Architect: Guillermo Murcia
Collaborators: Robert Kim, Marianna Mello, Yoshiki Waterhouse, Joseph Watson
Year: 2013
Photographs: Roland Halbe, Guillermo Murcia

Keystone Office Building / EM2N

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Architects: EM2N
Location: Karlin, , Czech Republic
Client: Real Estate Karlín Group a.s.
Area: 11,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Simon Menges

Erwin Building / QARTA Architektura

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Architects: QARTA Architektura
Location: Prague,
Architect In Charge: David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák, Kateřina Immrová
Site Area: 1,330 sqm
Area: 5,265 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pavel Vítek

Elementary School in Velká Chuchle / Grido

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Architects: Grido
Location: Velká Chuchle,
Design Team: Peter Sticzay-Gromski, Juraj Kováč, Valérius Lalkovič
Area: 615 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tomáš Malý

Villa Charles / QARTA Architektura

© Marek Novotný

Architects: QARTA Architektura
Location: Prague,
Design Team: David Wittassek, Jiří Řezák, Jan Havel, Jakub Wyderka
Area: 2157.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marek Novotný

‘Urban Sponge’ Competition Entry / Gemawang Swaribathoro + Indra Nugraha + Morian Saspriatnadi

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Designed by Gemawang Swaribathoro, Indra Nugraha, and Morian Saspriatnadi, their ‘Urban Sponge’ concept aims to unify, organize and manage, in one solution, the inner power of this marvelous city. , an ancient city that has a long history of its own architecture style is no longer an underdog city in the European region. With the city becoming one of the most important places in this continent, the sponge concept can be described as a tool of connectivity to absorb the quality of life, to attract people, to make a better living. More images and architects’ description after the break.

House Extension in Prague / Martin Cenek Architecture

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Architects: Martin Cenek Architecture
Location: Veleslavín, Prague,
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Martin Cenek Architecture

Vaclav Havel´s Monument / Libor Šenekel

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Designed by Libor Šenekel, Vaclav Havel´s Monument is a symbol of human determination, legacy, and that even one person can change the course of history. Vaclav Havel became unforgettable for many as a symbol of defiance and human determination, which reminds us that even one person is capable of great deeds. Just as today the monument stands against the enormous power of water, that is trying to devour it, stood Vaclav Havel and many others against the oppressive power of communism. The memorial is supposed to fascinate being watched from the waterfront, to inspire fear as well as courage being entered into the masses of water, to lure to step into the unknown. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

Skanska Bridging Prague Competition Winners

1st prize – Peter North

Participants in the Skanska Bridging competition were asked to develop a new Vision Plan for the section of the riverfront from Libeňsk (Bridge) to the north to Železniční (Railway Bridge) in Smíchov to the south. The goal was to create a unified experience, linking cultural, recreational, ecological, historical and economic opportunities. They were also asked to design an intervention that will become a premiere destination along the river Vltava. The first prize winning proposal by Pete North focuses on strengthening the natural characteristics of places at the riverside, where it is consistent and feasible. It aims to create a synergy between park localities and the river, connected into a consequent chain of continuous spaces. More images and winning proposals after the break.

CULBURB Shaping Cities Symposium + Workshop

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CULBURB’s Shaping Cities Symposium + Workshop, which takes place at the Centre for Central European Architecture May 22-23, asks what the nonprofit organizations are today and questions their role in the creation of city space. Are they non-elected groups of interest promoting their own interpretation of public good? Or do they represent a litmus paper of the level of democracy in the society? who can shape the life and form of the city? How and why? a unifying web database of such organizations from whole Europe will take place on the ground of the event. For more information, please visit here.

Skanska: Bridging Prague International Design Competition

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The Skanska: Bridging Prague International Design Competition, announced by reSITE Festival, ARCHIP (Architectural Institute in ) and Skanska, seeks to find new conceptions and proposals for the River Vltava, in , . The scope of the competition is the Vltava riverbank and its immediate context from Libensky Most (Bridge) to the north to Zeleznicni most (Railway Bridge) to the south. This section of the river has really various character and quality on both riverbanks, which gives competitors a chance to select and work on a wide scope of places and areas. The proposals should use existing potential of the Vltava river, define its connection with the city – and lead to creation of attractive public spaces of adequate scale, living by a variety of activities. More information on the competition after the break.