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The Czech architecture faces danger / Ceske architekture hrozi nebezpeci

I found this interesting article about some very unfortunate (some may call it ‘modern’) architectural styles which took hold of some buildings built in the post-communist era. The person interviewed in the article is architect Jan Kruml who has been documenting the transformation or Czech villages for many years. He wants to make people realize how important it is to preserve the cultural heritage of our ancestors and not destroy it with a bunch of sore thumbs.

So let’s review this – what was created when:

CZ: Nasla jsem velmi zajimavy rozhovor na , a to o nynejsich prapodivnych (nekdo by je nazyval ‘modernich’) stavebnich stylech. Tazanym v interview byl architekt a fotograf Jan Kruml, ktery jiz mnoho let jezdi po vsech zakoutich Ceske republiky, jen aby nasel ‘bonbonky’ novych, post-komunistickych architektonickych stylu. Dela to proto, aby si lide uvedomily dulezitost zachovani tradicni ceske architektury, kterou je potrebi chranit a ne ji nicit nejakymi neohrabanymi kycemi.

Tak si to pojdme zrekapitulovat:

Before communism: The traditional style

















During communism: The Panelak style






















After communism: The ??? style


















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7 comments… add one
  • Brian Lanc March 17, 2012, 7:38 am

    Yuck!!! The first and third ones look like something that a starving artist created. The second one looks like a mexican restaurant. This post-communism style is gonna take away the beauty of Česko. So sad 🙁

  • Tanja March 17, 2012, 5:07 pm

    Haha! My husband actually likes the third one. I don’t know why, that house just makes me see-sick just by looking at it.

  • Lada March 18, 2012, 9:50 am

    The Czech has bigger problem and this is only one of results of this huge problem. The problem has name morality. Huge corruption. During last 20 years was everything stolen and destroyed. All kind of industry. Agriculture and food industry. Textile industry. Technical industry. Now we can say that Czech Republic is industry desert. The people desperately looking for job and can tot find. What we want find on the desert?So nice, beautiful country full of very clever people is 40 years destroyed by communist and next 20 years since 1989 by new communists. Velvet revolution was one big fraud. Why no body wants to see that? And building monsters are only one of the result of that. Please wake up and lets try to find way how to help our nice country.

  • Romana Osborne March 19, 2012, 10:22 am

    I think that the Panelak style already took a lot of beauty away. The pendulum swings the other way and people starving for some variety and expression are thinking the ??? style is the answer. This too will pass…
    As long as we have our ‘chalupy’ etc :).

  • Tanja March 19, 2012, 2:13 pm

    Romano, the problem is that even the ‘chalupy’ are in danger :((
    Read this:

  • Amalka March 19, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Proste je to tak, za stare dobe Cesko delalo vsechno Rusky, a tet Cesko dela vsechno Americky.
    Snad jednou prijde ten cas kdy Cesko prestane libat prdelky a prijde na to ze v narodni krase neco je.
    Karel 4ty to chapal, tak dnesni president by o tom mel alespon uvazovat. Z tech modernich domu je mi na nic, ty dva prvni obrazky uplne nehore jsou nejhezci.

  • Tanja March 19, 2012, 2:24 pm

    ahoj, vystihla jsi to vyborne Amalko, v narodni krase opravdu neco je a nejlip si to clovek uvedomi, kdyz zije v cizine – pak mu to vsechno zacne nejak schazet 🙂

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