ERA21 #03/2022 With Head and Hands

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With Head and Hands

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The Openness Principle. UMPRUM Technology Center in Prague »

Ivan Kroupa, Jana Moravcová, Tomáš Zmek

The new technology center finally embodies the idea of UMPRUM as a fully functioning part of the Prague city center. The building front emphasizes and opens up the main entrance to express the idea of openness and communication. By leaving out the full height of the neo-renaissance facade’s entrance segment, the building demonstrates its transformation from an elementary school to a university. There are two wings of five stories and two basement floors each, offering modern technical rooms and equipment for all study programs and various presentation needs, including technology for the building’s operation. The technical rooms are placed along the sides, lighter uses are concentrated in the center of the layout. All spaces are organized to let in sunlight and to facilitate visual links to the central semi-transparent rooms.

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Liquid Light »

Flores & Prats Arquitectes

The aim of the Liquid Light installation was not only to build a partial replica of the new Sala Beckett theater in Barcelona, but also to try and incorporate the dramatic natural light from above which had previously infl uenced the atmosphere of the original building so much. The new scene of Barcelona’s Sala Beckett Theater is a thoughtful adaptation of an existing but dilapidated workers cooperative building which was left abandoned for thirty years. During restoration, the architects decided to preserve the natural light, which was then fl ooding the main circulation space through a hole in the roof.


Design and Build »

Hana Seho, Kristýna Smržová, Martin Kloda a další

To answer the question how to teach craftsmanship to architecture students, we can use our own past university experience as a reference or we can find inspiration in other schools and their teaching methods. Discovering the essence of craft and the road leading to a completed building can be a resource, too, as well as comparing our own methods to those of well-known colleagues, especially those also involved in teaching.


Linked Courses Can Deliver a Better Student. Rick Sommerfeld Interviewed by Šárka Malošíková »

In 2009, Rick Sommerfeld took over the design-build certificate program at the University of Colorado Denver. Under his guidance the Colorado Building Workshop projects collected numerous awards and the program is now considered among the most prominent in the country. What led to this success? Having completed more than twenty student-built projects, what lessons did he learn? What does the program look like now? These questions and many more were discussed during interviews conducted by Šárka Malošíková during her research stay in Denver. The following text is an excerpt from the first interview.

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Learning Collaboration. Maison Pour Tous Community Center in Four »


Built by students of a first-year masters studio, the Maison Pour Tous (House for All) community center, located in the village of Four in the Isère region of France, showcases the possibilities offered by the learning by doing method applied at the National Architecture School ENSA Grenoble. The project was launched as part of a call for expressions of interest initiated by the ENSA Grenoble and the Porte de l'Isère urban community (CAPI) for its municipalities. The village of Four proposed a program for a meeting place for residents and their associations. This project also had the ambition to build sustainably by employing local resources such as earth and timber. Twenty one students worked on site under the supervision of experienced craftsmen who passed on their know-how. In order to optimize the very short deadlines imposed by the university calendar, a large proportion of the building elements were prefabricated, partly at Les Grands Ateliers, partly in the structures of the companies.

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Architecture Can Be a Social Language Representing Life in Society. Momoyo Kaijima Interviewed by Kateřina Rottová »

We conducted the following interview with professor Momoyo Kaijima during her visit at the Faculty of Architecture CTU in Prague. With assistants and students from ETH Zurich, and inspired by the old vedute of Prague, Kaijima came to observe and record life in the city center. At the end of the week-long workshop the students drew ten large axonometric views of important public spaces, depicting past events that were sometimes hundreds of years old. Calling her research method architectural ethnography, Momoyo Kaijima also gave a lecture at the FA CTU on the same subject.

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Back to the Forest. Accommodation and Communal Building in Momonoura »

Atelier Bow-Wow

The densely forested hillside overlooking the Momonoura fishing village on Oshika peninsula, on the east coast of Honshu, Japan, became the site of several new timber cottages and a communal building with a kitchen, dining room, showers and toilets. The intention for these first structures is to establish a residential area for new citizens and to offer short-term accommodation at the same time. Due to the ongoing social and economic decline of Japan's rural areas, the post-tsunami reconstruction of Momonoura fishing village had to take a far more complex approach, and had to prioritize attracting and integrating newcomers as well.

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Floating University. Offshore Campus in Berlin »


The summer of 2018 in Berlin was very hot and dry. As a result, the rainwater retention basin of the former Tempelhof Airport became an arid wasteland, and as such the perfect location for the Floating University Berlin—an offshore campus for cities in transformation. The contaminated pool of muddy water with its rich variety of plants, birds, amphibians and insects is a magic display of the Anthropocene. It became the meeting place for students and experts of the culture of the city. A true place of transdisciplinary exchange grew with workshops, discussions, presentations and lectures. A laboratory and a platform for new forms of urban practice emerged, quickly outgrowing its expectations.


We Barely Leave the Construction Site. Friederike Kluge and Meik Rehrmann Interviewed by Šárka Malošíková »

It was through a combination of coincidence, opportunity and personal zest that architects Friederike Kluge and Meik Rehrmann started building their own projects. In a similar fashion they later became very closely engaged as founding members of the Countdown 2030 initiative, seeking to raise awareness of architecture’s contribution to climate change.

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House for People, Plants and Cats. Single Family Home in Humpolec »

Matěj Petránek

One of the first properties built in a new residential zone in the north-west part of Humpolec, the family home will soon be surrounded by neighbors. The massing therefore leaves a small inner courtyard in the middle, shielded from the eyes of passers-by. Of the two main volumes, the bigger one contains a double-height, open-plan living space, connected to the courtyard and the east-facing deck through sliding glass doors. The smaller one houses the master bedroom and two rooms for children. A bathroom and a short corridor connect the two volumes, topped with a flat green roof. Two cats, a family of four, and countless houseplants all live together in the house.


Masques »

John Hejduk

John Hejduk, an American architect of Czech origin, is the author of a small number of buildings but a large collection of sculpture-like structures which he built himself or with his collaborators and students. He published over twenty books of sketches of these artifacts, a feat he considered equally important to an actual physical assembly. After his death, many of the sketches served as inspiration for building the objects, like The Rolling House erected by the students of the Faculty of Architecture CTU in Prague on the piazzetta in front of the university building in 2019. This project began with Hejduk’s early 1980s sketches of The Lancaster/Hanover Masques. In this third and fi nal period of Hejduk’s architectural development, he increasingly focused on fi ctional narratives and characters (subjects) and their matching autonomous forms (objects). He later started calling his creations ‘Masques’. Clearly, they also encapsulate all the preceding periods of his work.



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Pavel Dostal


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Isabela Bradáčová


Cornerstone Laid for the Trosky Castle Digital Passport

Petr Vaněk

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