Arrival City: Southwest City
15|09–13|10|2018, PRAGUE: How does migration change the cities? How does it manifest in architecture, housing, services and public space ordering? What happens with the urban space when newly arriving inhabitants from all around the world start to make use of it?
The exhibition „Arrival city: Southwest city“ explores the changes in the Prague neighbourhoods of Lužiny, Nové Butovice and Hůrka (Prague 13 district) caused by the arrival of migrants predominantly from Eastern Europe. The exhibition is based on the results of anthropological research in the area and presents the (in)visible diversity in the space in between the the Prague housing estates, which have recently hosted thousands of different arrivals.
The Prague exhibition is a continuation of a German project called „Making Heimat: Germany Arrival Country“, presented originally at the 15th Venice Architecture Bienale. The German project reacted to the fact that almost milion people arrived to Germany in 2015 from the Middle East, which caused divisive reaction accross the society. The so called „refugee crisis“ became the central focus for experts based in the German Museum of Architecture – and they created the first version of „Arrival City“ exhbition, mapping the architectural response to the new arrivals to German towns and cities.
The authors of the exhibition then decided to spread the concept of „arrival city“ and asked 9 different offices of Goethe-Institut in 9 different countries all around the world to cooperate. These exhibitions, created in places like San Francisco, Mumbai or Caracas, aim at exploring the different versions and forms of arrival cities in different contexts. The exhbition „Arrival City: Southwest City“ is the local, Prague-based response to these questions. It presents the Prague version of an arrival city, located in the suburban housing estates.
Check Shared Cities accompanying programme events:
19|09|2018 Vernissage “Arrival City: Jihozápadní město“
20|09|2018 Film screening – Almanya: Welcome to Germany
09|10|2018 Discussion – Arrival City: What is the arrival city?
11|10|2018 Film screening – Berlin Babylon
Organizers: Goethe-Institut Czech Republic, Anthropictures
The German part of the exhibition was designed by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM)
Curators: Marie Heřmanová, Michal Lehečka
Design: Matyáš Trnka
Photography: Anna Venezia, Barbora Bírová, Michal Lehečka
Research coordinators: Markéta Zandlová, Michal Lehečka, Marie Heřmanová
Student research team: Zdena Hofmannová, Gabriela Vičanová, Tereza Pecháčková, Jitka Bůžková, Kristýna Tvrdá, Vojtěch Zemánek, Jan Kravka, David Pfann, Michal Divíšek
Intepretation and translation: Maria Reznichenko
In cooperation with: Kasárna Karlín, Faculty of Humanities – Charles University Prague, Integration Centre Prague, Shared Cities: Creative Momentum – Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union
Supported by: Deutsches Architekturmuseum , BMI – Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat