Prague

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is the country’s natural political and cultural centre, a major business hub and a UNESCO’s World Heritage city with a historical core that attracts several million tourists every year. With 1.2 million residents living in Prague already, the city in the heart of Europe attracts a rising number of newcomers who move here to live, study or work.

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With an increasing number of inhabitants and new visitors, more attention has been focused on new residential development, civic investment, infrastructure and public participation in urban planning, marking a new era of urbanity for the city. When looking for efficient and creative solutions to Prague’s challenges, sharing is seen as one key to expand cultural and economic opportunities. In today’s Prague, we are witnessing a revival of the sharing of products, services and even lifestyles. The principles and efficiency of the sharing economy – especially when it comes to flats, offices, bikes and cars – have started to find their way into the life of citizens in the mid-sized Central European capital after all.

Project Partners in Prague

Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut is the Project Lead of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. Besides promoting the study of German, the Goethe-Institut encourages international cultural exchanges by organising programmes of events and contributing to various festivals and exhibitions across the globe. With a network of institutes, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres, Germany’s cultural institute has played a central role in the cultural and educational policies of Germany for over 60 years. As the Goethe-Institut has 159 centres worldwide, the exchange of ideas, the transfer of knowledge and the sharing of good practices between cities is why it was drawn to Shared Cities: Creative Momentum in the first place.

reSITE

reSITE is the Curatorial Lead of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. reSITE is dedicated to creating livable and lovable cities, by understanding the intersection of design, policy, culture and the new economy in a continually urbanizing world. Since the founding in late 2011, reSITE has established itself as an international thought-leader for sustainable urban solutions; a change maker for urbanism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE); and a tireless advocate for bridging the gap between politicians, investors, designers and the public. reSITE wants to utilize the efficiency of the collaborative economy and explore the lifestyle, benefits and risks of sharing. As a group of architects reSITE aims to create better public spaces so that the city is a more inclusive and shared place to live. You can get connected with reSITE in various ways, from getting inspired by reSITE Small Talks to getting involved in reSITE’s events such as the premier annual architecture and urbanism event that takes place annually in June in Prague. The reSITE team would also like to invite you to Manifesto Market, a pop-up space in the centre of Prague.

Czech Centres

The Czech Centres is a contributory organisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. It is established to promote the Czech Republic’s history, culture, language, tourism and trade abroad. Considered an active instrument of foreign policy of the Czech Republic, the network consists of centres in over twenty countries throughout three continents. The Czech Centres participates in Shared Cities: Creative Momentum to engage with and promote the discussion of urban development in cities throughout Central and Eastern Europe; to create links and share knowledge for the promotion of better living in these cities and to help build inclusive decision making processes within urban development. You can also visit Czech Centres Gallery in Prague, where we feature exhibitions, collaborations and works from a variety of Czech and international artists.

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Materials from Prague

SHARED CITIES: CREATIVE MOMENTUM CHANGED THE WAY PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THEIR CITIES

Stefanie Heublein and Kamil Pavelka have managed the Shared Cities consortium. How did they make such a large international network of people collaborate? What were their personal highlights during the project? Find the answers in the interview with Stefanie Heublein, Project Manager of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum and Kamil Pavelka, Co-Developer of the project at the Goethe-Institut Prague, Czech Republic.

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OPEN FOYER²

Are you looking for a quiet and well-equipped room in the middle of Prague that can be used free of charge and is open to everyone? Then the Foyer² in the Goethe-Institut is just right for you.

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IMAGINE A CITY, WHERE MONEY RULES AND WHERE EVERYONE IS A CELEBRITY…

The Virtual Ritual performance premiered on 2nd October 2019 in the Archa Theatre as part of the Shared Cities Finale. The performance takes place in a fictional city. In what ways does it resemble a real city? What problems do virtual cities have? And is it easier for people to share and be part of a community in the virtual world? Find the answers in the interview with Jan Mocek and Táňa Švehlová from SixHouses in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Iconic Ruins? Exhibition Catalogue #ONLINE

The ICONIC RUINS? exhibition seeks to reveal the parallels to be found in the architecture of the four Visegrad countries’ shared state-socialist past and to initiate a broader discussion of the immediate future of the critically at risk cultural heritage of late modernism. Download the exhibition catalogue to find out more about Post-war Socialist Architecture in the Visegrad Countries.

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“IN THE SHARED CITIES PERFORMANCE, THERE IS A LOT OF BLOOD, AS THERE IS IN URBAN PLANNING”

What is the driving force behind urban sharing? And how can citizens shape their own cities? Find the answers in the interview with Osamu Okamura, a Prague-based urbanist and curator of the Shared Cities Finale in Prague, Czech Republic.

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SHARING HAS ALWAYS BEEN PART OF CITY LIFE. YET IT’S STILL UNCOMFORTABLE.

As part of Shared Cities, reSITE organized three conferences on trends in architecture and urban planning. What impact did joining the Shared Cities network have on the development of reSITE as a global forum? And what motivates people to share in a big city? Find the answers in the interview with Martin J. Barry, Founder and Chairman of reSITE in Prague, Czech Republic.

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THE SHARED CITIES ATLAS CAPTURES NEW FORMS OF SHARING IN CENTRAL EUROPE. URBAN SHARING IS NOT JUST AIRBNB AND UBER

The Shared Cities Atlas maps current sharing trends in Central and Eastern European cities. How does the Shared Cities Atlas use data to visualize its stories? And which initiatives or new forms of sharing in the region are the most remarkable ones? Find the answers in the interview with the editor of the Shared Cities Atlas, Helena Doudová from Prague, Czech Republic.

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Virtual Ritual

An original gaming performance takes its viewers to the parallel world of online video games. The virtual spaces offer their users endless possibilities to enjoy themselves without the constraints of physical reality.

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Shared Cities Atlas

Post-Socialist Cities and Active Citizenship in Central Europe - New forms of active citizenship - With seven post-communistic cities including Berlin - Sharing as a strategy for a better city

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Prague – Library of Things

What if you didn’t own all those items, but would just borrow them? The Goethe-Institut asked this question and established the first “Library of Things” in the Czech Republic.

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Why Paris Deputy Mayor Believes Shared Spaces Are the Future of the City

Jean‑Louis Missika, deputy mayor of Paris, talks about his passion project – a design competition for underutilized spaces – and why he believes shared spaces are the future of the city.

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Research Publication on Exhibiting on Sharing in Architecture

The workshop Exhibiting on Sharing in Architecture was the third in a series of three curatorial-practice-oriented workshops (publications, data, exhibitions), organized by the Curatorial Lab of the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project, in order to explore innovative approaches to the sharing of knowledge in architecture, design and urban planning. The workshop on exhibiting explored the staging of architecture sharing and urbanism in contemporary practice with the objective to find the most suitable presentation formats for the project Shared Cities: Creative Momentum (SCCM). The two-day workshop took place in Berlin and was organized by reSITE in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Prague. The design-thinking session of the workshop helped us formulate the SCCM final exhibition concept, that should be further discussed with invited international curators with extensive experience in curating transnational projects and exhibitions.

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Research Publication on New Media and Infographics

The workshop New Media and Infographics was the second in a series of three curatorial-practice-oriented workshops (publications, data, exhibitions). Organized by the Curatorial Lab of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, they aim to explore innovative approaches to the sharing of knowledge in architecture, design and urban planning. The Curatorial Lab Workshop on New Media and Infographics featured data visualization and data-driven analysis that represent architecture, urban spaces and culture in an innovative way. This two-day workshop took place in Katowice and was organized by reSITE in collaboration with Medialab Katowice.

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Scales of Sharing: Berlin – Katowice, Shared Cities Diaries #5

What happens when a fan of inclusive cities, consumer of exhibitions and publications on architecture and one of the authors of the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project feels the politics of the region kick in?

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Research Publication on Publishing 2.0: New Formats in Architecture Publishing

The Curatorial Lab Workshop #1 on Publications was the first in a series of three curatorial-practice-oriented workshops (publications, data, exhibitions). Organized by the Curatorial Lab of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, they aim to explore innovative approaches to the sharing of knowledge in architecture, design and urban planning. Curatorial Lab Workshop #1 on Publications invited renowned writers, editors and publishers to elaborate on the present condition of print and digital publications relative to architecture and urbanism. During the two-day workshop we discussed the three types of SCCM project publications: the annual magazines, research publications and the final exhibition catalogue.

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Virtual Virtues of Sharing, Kamil Pavelka

I consider it to be reasonably safe to say, human societies are not mere products of biological determinism. As the most basic supporting argument, let’s borrow the sociological metaphor of agency, or “free will”. Were human beings just biological automata, there wouldn’t be such a thing as the capacity of individuals to make free choice and to act independently.

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reSITE 2017’s “In/visible City” Conference Unveils the Infrastructural Heart of Urbanism

Want to learn about all the key ideas that were discussed at reSITE 2017? Look no further and read ArchDaily’s brilliant summary of the event.

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What is Shared Cities: Creative Momentum? / Shared Cities Diaries #1

The history of cities is synonymous with the history of sharing. Sharing is defined as the joint use of a resource or space. The city – on its own – has always been a centre for sharing. Not just of resources and spaces, but also of food, architecture, ideas, money and cultural traditions. Shared Cities: Creative Momentum builds upon those intersections which are created when sharing occurs. We do so by bringing together eleven organisations from seven European cities to organise over 150 activities that will culminate in an international exhibition, publication and film

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