Shared Cities: Creative Momentum in Bratislava focuses on reviving the city’s many Iconic Ruins. One the city’s symbols, the castle, was a ruin for 150 years. Its reconstructions, in 1950s and the recent one, try to bring this half-dead building back to life. Iconic Ruins are buildings on their way to losing their relevance – as their ideology becomes obsolete they turn into empty containers. Yet these empty containers are still strong in their presence, shaping the city fabric.
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Despite being rather small, the Department of Architecture is an influential school of architecture, where students benefit from an intensive contact with their lecturers. This individual approach enhances the development of innovative technical aspects of design. Presentations of student works in front of invited critics, lectures held by prominent guests as well as various exhibitions, encourage inspiring interactions and critical thinking. The focus of the department in response to Shared Cities: Creative Momentum is conducting research on Iconic Ruins – buildings of cultural and social institutions that were designed as monuments but today are in a state of ruin. Through work collaboration with students, a lecture series and workshops, the department explores the possibilities of how these complex buildings in prominent urban spots can be transformed into viable buildings without having to compromise their architectural qualities.
The Old Market Hall alliance is a civic association founded in 2012. Its main aim is to revitalise the before-abandoned and closed historical building of The Old Market Hall in the centre of Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava. The association has been in charge of the building since September 2013 and has gradually turned it into a modern urban centre providing space for conferences, markets and cultural events. Old Market Hall’s activities catalyse progress in its whole neighbourhood, with the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project being the next step on its journey. The case study Expert Public of Alliance Old Market Hall focuses on reconstruction of Namestie SNP (Slovak Uprising Square).