04. 11. 2015
On Railways and their Essential Importance in Europe Jan Evangelista Purkyně

When setting out to write about general consequences and the importance of railways, it is necessary to be in the right location and imagine that the time has already arrived when significant centers of European business are connected with those. This is not about distance or the nearness of that time but the point is whether there shall be any advantages from such changes in this world so that it would seem useful to contribute to their establishment. I say, indeed there will be!—The essential nature of railway is the following: The reduction of business territory, the reduction of time, the increase in power for the distribution of goods, along with the reduction of transportation costs.

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30. 10. 2015
Brno Has a Problem Petra Hlaváčková

Move it or leave it? That is the question Brno representatives have been trying to answer for almost a hundred years. The main station is still on the original location from 1839 along the inner city ring road and its capacity and technical condition haven’t met modern requirements for a long time. Why is it so difficult to solve this situation for good? Will the current city administration be able to take the radical historic step?

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10. 09. 2015
Complex Houses for the Intense City. Editorial #04/2015 Yvette Vašourková

For Central European Modernism, a city palace represents a significant type of house that has become a symbol of the birth of a metropolis. Thanks to its density, scale, structure, spatial heterogeneity, and spontaneous content, it still offers a sustainable architectural form as well as an alternative to generic building production. An important feature of palace architecture is its inner life. Furthermore, modern city palaces strengthen the principle by opening the interior to the public and integrating the buildings into the urban street network through passages.

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10. 09. 2015
Reconstruction of Zelný trh in Brno Tomáš Rusín, Ivan Wahla, Petr Mutina / Atelier RAW /

Zelný trh is a historical square in the center of Brno, originating from the 13th century, with a dominant Baroque fountain Parnas, surrounded by important urban buildings. The aim of the reconstruction was to create clearly urbanized sites with well arranged traffic and pedestrian access that will meet all requirements of a functional central urban area—functioning as a meeting, retail and cultural space. An emphasis was placed on the compactness of the solution—the central area of the square has a clear, uncomplicated shape based on the original shape and classical city-making compositions and scales, it is separated from the pavements by a traffic lane in the form of a roundabout. In the southern and western part it connects to smaller piazzettas planted with trees. Each area is visually distinguished from the others by a different type of surface. There are new lights, seats, fountains, and other street furniture.

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03. 06. 2015
Changes of the Czech Post-Landscape

Man changes the character of the landscape as a result of using it. Landscape renewal is a protracted and expensive process, always requiring the participation of many professions whose opinions quite often differ. On the one side, there are defenders of biotechnical reclamation forms, on the other side, there are advocates for natural, nature-friendly procedures. How can an architect contribute to the whole process?

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