The projects vary in size and are located in different parts of the city. However, they almost always have one thing in common - they are largely an investment of the city. That is why the dramaturgy of the exhibition pays attention to Prague politicians, namely members of the City Council. The City of Prague, who in short video interviews expresses their views on what Prague may look like in the future.
"Prague's priorities are a model selection of twenty-five interesting projects that will change the expression of Prague as we know it today. They show us the internal reserves of the city and its potentials. It offers a basic vision of the development of the capital city of Prague towards a confident metropolis, which increases the quality of life of its inhabitants, as well as streets, squares, public spaces, and transport connections," says Ondřej Boháč, director of the Institute of Planning and Development of the City of Prague.
The individual construction projects will be presented by a wide-screen projection in CAMP. In addition to large construction projects such as metro D, the Prague Ring, the revitalization of Charles Square, or the construction of the Vltava Philharmonic, the exhibition also shows lesser-known changes in future Prague. One of them is also the Railway Promenade in Prague 10. The reconstruction of the abandoned line connecting Vršovice and Strašnice will create a pleasant city park, which will resemble the New York High Line. The fortified promenade located on the border of the Old and New Towns will bring better connections and conditions for pedestrians, cyclists, or public transport on one of Prague's oldest promenades. The completion of the Prague Congress Center, which arose from an open architectural competition with international participation, will get a new look.
The new connection represents the Dvorecký Bridge, which spans the Vltava in the section between the Zlíchov and Podolské embankments and thus connects Smíchov and Pankrác. In addition, the bridge is shaped like a statue - the architects in collaboration with the artist Krištof Kintera envisage the realization of a work of art in the form of a multifunctional cubist landscape and a botanical garden of street lighting. In addition to large brownfields such as Bubny-Zátory or Smíchov City, development areas are represented, for example, by the lesser-known new Bohdalec-Slatiny district, bordered by railways and the body of the City Ring, which should turn into a pleasant place to live in the future.
"I consider the overall improvement of the quality of life in Prague to be a priority. I think that the biggest problem in Prague is the crisis of housing affordability. Therefore, I see the largest brownfield, ie Bubny-Zátory, to be opened for the construction of the city as a fundamental topic of the city's development,“ adds the mayor of Prague the capital Zdeněk Hřib.
"When the symbols of 19th-century Prague, such as the National Theater or the Rudolfinum, were built, it was preceded by the construction of a waterfront, which radically changed the face of the whole place, which until then had actually been wetted by floods every spring. Today we are facing a similar opportunity with a plan for a new concert hall on Vltavská, which together with the development of this area could become a symbol of 21st century Prague. We took the first major step in the construction of the Philharmonic this summer when a consortium led by the renowned architectural studio Henning Larsen won the public tender, which will prepare a usability analysis for it,” describes Petr Hlaváček, First Deputy Mayor.
Instead of the usual cards of individual projects, visitors will find detailed catalogs of each of the five categories in the hall. Everyone can get involved in the search for Prague's priorities. Visitors themselves can vote on the highest priority or design their own priority project, which they lacked on the curatorial list.
The exhibition can be visited free of charge from 23rd September to 20th December 2020 in CAMP and Mariánské náměstí, where projects are briefly presented in the form of a panel exhibition.