The City of Prague Museum has published the results of two unique archaeological digs carried out in the centre of the city. Among the discoveries are everyday objects from Wenceslas Square dating to back to Medieval Times which shed light on everyday life. They also include a rare statuette of a Madonna.
Prague councillors on Thursday failed to take a decision on whether to
approve the demolition of Libeň bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist
elements. Mayor Adriana Krnáčová ended the session early because the
councillors couldn’t agree on its programme for the session.
Earlier this week, the city council’s executive committee decided to support the demolition of the historic bridge and build a new one in its place. The bridge is in a dangerous state and had to be closed to most traffic for seven weeks this year.
Around 200 people blocked Prague’s Libeň Bridge on Wednesday evening in
protest at plans from the city authorities to demolish and replace the
structure. The demonstrators also said a new bridge should not be
commissioned, as the city envisages, without an architecture competition.
The demonstration lasted several minutes. Some people protested from beneath the bridge in kayaks.
Libeň Bridge dates from 1928 and features elements of Cubist architecture.
The cyclists’ association Auto*Mat has lodged a court complaint against Prague 1 district council’s move to introduce a daytime ban on bikes in large parts of the city centre. The organisation, which is promoting cycling in the city, has also called on the City Hall to review the matter, arguing that the ban is exaggerated and illegal.
Prague City council’s executive committee has backed demolishing the city’s historic Libeň Bridge, a 1928 construction with Cubist elements, rather than opt for renovation. If the plan goes ahead, a new bridge will be built in its place. Proponents argue that saving the original would be almost costly as building a new bridge and will require less maintenance moving forward.
The centre of Prague will see the opening of a unique but temporary open air market introduced on plots of land across from the city’s Masaryk train station and Prague’s Florenc. Named Manifesto, the market will consist of some 20 transport containers specially-modified as design boutiques, bookshops, street food stalls and more.
The Prague Institute of Planning and Development has unveiled the new Metropolitan Plan for the Czech capital that should come into effect in the year 2023. Among other things, the new strategic plan introduces building height regulation and attempts to prevent the city from sprawling into the surrounding countryside.
The Prague Institute of Planning and Development has submitted the
strategic urban or municipal plan for the Czech capital, to come effect in
2023, Prague Mayor Adriana Krnáčová confirmed on Monday.
The plan in use now was adopted in 1999.
The new strategic plan will introduce the regulation of building height limits; unlike the current plan, the new one will take into account not only the function or use of different sites but also their character and their location within specific city districts, architect Roman Koucký, who headed the team which put together the document, said.
The mayor highlighted the Metropolitan Plan’s importance for the city’s development, saying it expressed a vision for the city for decades to come.
It will be possible to suggest additions or tweaks to the plan for a period of 30 days beginning on June 27.
The restoration of Prague’s Rašínovo nábřeží embankment along the
Vltava River gets underway on Monday. The project will mainly concern the
renovation of 12 rooms set into the stone embankment walls, which will be
turned into cafes, galleries and public toilets.
The renovation work will also include placing new benches and waste containers along the riverside walk and new infrastructure that will enable the facilities to operate.
Prague City Hall plans to renovate all of the city’s embankments by the year 2020. The whole project is expected to cost around 225 million crowns. The renovation works at the Rašínovo nábřeží embankment should end by November at the latest.
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