Architecture

Prague is a veritable encyclopedia of architectural styles spanning twelve centuries: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Art Nouveau, Czech Cubism, Modernism, National Style, Czech Functionalism, and Contemporary. One experiences ‘living’ architecture in Prague today in its churches, banks, post office, bookshops, restaurants, cafes, galleries, concert halls, jazz clubs, and even souvenir shops. The city, which has been hailed one of the most beautiful in the world, has witnessed much in the past 1200 years. Surviving a tumultuous history, including religious wars, two World Wars, and over 40 years under Soviet totalitarianism, it stands as one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Europe.

After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, capitalism and tourism are the new forces influencing development in Prague. Students learn from past events how to deal with current issues confronting Prague. Entry into the European Union and the desire and need to ‘catch-up’ in becoming a member of the international scene present challenges to an economy and society which had been suppressed for so long.

The Architecture Studios and Seminar course use the rich context of Prague and the Czech lands as their base to study Urban Design and Sustainable Architecture. Students learn from the rich historical, political, and artistic context of the city and country, and its culture, and approach their projects and designs with this knowledge. Sustainability is an issue which needs to be addressed in every field of study, especially architecture. All students in the program participate in the urban architecture and sustainability seminar.

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