Work on extending Prague’s green line or Metro line A was officially launched on Monday by the city’s Mayor Pavel Bém. The mayor deposited a symbolic figurine of St Barbora – the patron saint of architects – at the head of the new tunnel, which will join Prague’s Dejvice district with Motol in four years. The extension will stretch the subway system by six kilometres, creating four new stations: Červený vrh, Veleslavín, Petřiny and Motol. The cost of the project has been estimated at 19 billion crowns; eight of those are expected to come from European funds. City councillor Radovan Šteiner said on Monday that the project would be a major benefit, not least to those making use of Motol Hospital. The extension will probably not be the last for Metro A: five more stops have been projected for the future, leading to Prague’s international airport. City hall would like to see those completed by 2018.
The weather may not be ideal so far this summer for laying about in the sand, but one outdoor amusement centre isn’t letting that spoil their big occasion. Žluté lázně, or the “Yellow Spa”, turned 100 years old on Wednesday, and that is cause for a week of celebrations at Prague’s “beachfront” on the Vltava, come rain or come shine.
Football is, quite literally, the buzz these days, and no less so in Prague, where Czechs are following the 2010 World Cup wholeheartedly, despite their team’s absence from the pitches of South Africa. In the week since the tournament began, one Prague locale in particular stands out as “the” place to watch the games; not just for Praguers, but also for the tens of thousands of foreigners who inhabit the Czech capital. In a special feature for today, Christian Falvey reports from Prague’s epicentre of football fandom, Riegrovy sady.
Architect Jakub Cígler has won a tender to rebuild part of the Industrial Palace at Prague’s Výstaviště trade fair grounds. One wing of the building was destroyed by fire in October 2008. Mr Cígler’s studio Cígler Marani Architects secured the contract after promising to reconstruct it using technology similar to that employed when it was built in the late 19th century. His design had already been chosen by a selection commission before Prague City Hall announced on Tuesday that he had won.
A flower market on a giant paddle boat, a floating cycling path along the Vltava River or a special high-heels lane running across the cobbled centre of Prague – these are just a few projects created within the Urban Interventions initiative, which is currently on display in Prague’s Dox gallery. The organizers have asked architects to find ways of livening up what they see as problematic public spaces in the capital.
Czech Radio opened its doors to the general public on Saturday for its annual open day. Visitors enjoyed a rare opportunity to see the station’s studio building on Římská St, as well as the adjoining historic Czech Radio building on Vinohradská St, which has mostly been reopened after an extensive renovation job. The open day was part of a Celebration of Prague day organised by the city authorities.
An open air festival featuring live bands, theatre performances and events
for children was held in Prague and Brno on Sunday to celebrate Europe Day.
The event was co-organized by EC representatives, the respective town halls and the ministries of education and culture. The ideas behind what is now the European Union were first put forward in Paris on 9 May 1950, against the background of the instability and the need to rebuild a shattered Europe.
Prague residents whose homes have been damaged by the building of a tunnel could soon receive a legal guarantee of reparation from the city authorities. The chairman of City Hall’s control committee František Hoffman said on Sunday that within two weeks he would present councillors with a document pledging to repair buildings in the Letná district damaged by the construction of the Blanka tunnel. In some cases financial compensation would be paid. Cracks have appeared in some apartment buildings in the area, while parts of some facades have fallen off.
The Supreme Administrative Court on Monday upheld a fine imposed by the antimonopoly office on the bus company ČSAD. According to a previous decision of the Office for the Protection of Economic Competition, the state-owned carrier misused its dominant position on the market when it refused to allow its rival Student Agency access to the bus terminal in Liberec for its Prague-Liberec routes. ČSAD was hitherto the sole bus carrier on the line. The office originally fined ČSAD 2.5 million crowns, and later reduced the penalty to 2 million.
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