documentary film festival
about housing, architecture
and social sustainability
The festival is organised by Artyčok.TV in cooperation with Architects Without Borders and the Centre for Architecture and Urban Planning (CAMP).
Contemporary European cities are undergoing a radical transformation in the social composition of their inhabitants. Centres are becoming depopulated, the housing crisis is growing and the influx of new residents from abroad is increasing, among other reasons due to climate change and war conflicts. In most cases, the consequences of this transformation fall first on the socially disadvantaged, who are no longer able to find a place in the centres of today's cities. Diversity of social composition, integration and mutual solidarity are proven means of strengthening civic coexistence. On the contrary, social segregation, exclusion and the creation of inequalities weaken cities. The film festival presents examples of good practice where local communities are trying to create functional social and material conditions for a dignified life.
More information about the festival can be found here.
Hejbni Mostem: Revitalization of the central space in the Chanov housing estate
We took part in a participatory budget project in Most city where we designed the central area of the Chanov housing estate.
The aim of the project was to revitalize the central part of the Chanov housing estate, specifically building a natural park for children, through the installation of benches and tree planting. Therefore, the proposal of “Architekti bez Hranic’ (Architects without Borders) in cooperation with the artist Lukáš Gavlovský, a natural tree sculpture will be created, which can also be used as a seating and entertainment area for children.
Architecture of coexistence: VinziRast – mittendri
The third part of the Architecture of Coexistence series presents the Viennese project VinziRast-mittendrin, whose motto is "living together". Students, (formerly) homeless people and now also refugees have found a home there.
The house in the center of the city thus enables the intermingling, meeting and long-term coexistence of people from different social classes with the intention of mutual enrichment, inspiration and help. In addition to serving as a residence, the house offers employment opportunities, educational and cultural activities, thanks to volunteer cooperation. Despite the rather difficult circumstances of its creation and the initially problematic reception in the locality, today the VinziRast-mittendrin project is a respected and popular place for many residents, not only from the surrounding area.
The documentary series Architecture of Coexistence is produced in cooperation with Artyčok.TV.
To watch click here
Participatory workshop at the festival Sustainable Prague II
In November 2021, Peměť města, Spolka and Architects without Borders prepared a participatory workshop on the topic of situated urban design.
We all dream of an ideal life in an ideal neighborhood. However, our ideas differ, as do our lives and lifestyles. A good city is for everyone. What does the ideal neighborhood of Prague look like? What's going on there and who spends time there? What places and buildings are there? What should be the ideal new neighborhood? We tried to answer these questions within the two-hour block at the festival For Sustainable Prague II, which took place in Žižkov's Prostor 39.
Participatory workshop in Chanov
In September 2021, Architects Without Borders, the platform for contemporary art Artyčok.TV and the collective of the Society conducted a participatory workshop with residents of the Chanov housing estate in Most.
A meeting was held within the framework of the workshop, and in cooperation with the local organization Aver Roma. Mapping the individual needs and possibilities of the site. Participation aims mainly at analyzing the state of public space, identifying its shortcomings and potentials. The participatory workshop in Chanova was supported by a grant from the Czech Architecture Foundation and the Mayor of the Statutory City of Most took over the patronage.
Architecture of Coexistence
The initial motive for the creation of the documentary series is an effort to demythologize concepts such as social housing, problematic localities, exclusion, and disadvantage.
The focus is on Central European examples of so-called good practice, where local communities are trying to create, mostly on their own, functional social or material facilities for a decent life. The key to the selected sites is the important role of architects or artists who act as one of the main agents of change in the projects.
The documentary series Architecture of Coexistence is produced in collaboration with Artyčok.TV.
The first two episodes focus on the Bedřiška settlement (Ostrava) and Bellevue di Monaco (Munich). To watch, click here.
Wayfinding system - Vltavská
First project by Architekti bez hranic in public space focused on uplifting of neglected maze of underpasses near Vltavská metro station.
Each route was differentiated by color and applied directions, signs and pictograms to help pedestrians and cyclists to navigate in this complex underpass system. The Wayfinding System was festively opened to the public within the Different City Experience in 2017 and was supported by City council of Prague and Karel Komárek Foundation.
The frontiers of architecture
Architects Without Borders has so far organized two editions of the ‘public debate series’. Four debates in evenings a year where discussions are opened on topics that go beyond the common perception of architecture.
In order to discuss a given topic comprehensively, the presence of representatives of different disciplines is necessary, therefore one architect and one "non-architect" are always invited, while the audience is also involved in the discussion. The aim is an interdisciplinary discussion on social and societal aspects.
For more information on the topics, see our BLOG section.
With this project we are trying to help counter fast fashion and raise awareness about overproduction of our clothes and its ecological and social issues.
Public wardrobes also foster community life and new relationships between neighbors. We try to inspire and share our know-how, so anyone can start their own Public wardrobe in their neighborhood.
The idea is simple. You can leave clothes, shoes and other accessories you don't need in The Wardrobe and take what you need. It's open for everyone to use and share. Our goal is to make Public wardrobe to be a part of every city's furniture.
Hranice architektury (Borders of architecture) is a series of public debates with the goal to discover field of architecture beyond its typical understanding.
Hranice architektury bring architects and other professionals to one table to discuss topics related to architecture from more than architects point of view. Discussion evenings provide a view of one topic from different angles, or vice versa, different views meet and intersect to find common ground.
More about discussed topics in BLOG (only in Czech).
Cemetery cross in Čelákovice
The large cross in the cemetery is a dominant feature that embodies a piety for the deceased, who are buried in a different cemetries. This cross stood in the old cemetery in Čelákovice. However, it has not been restored in the new cemetery. The intention of the town of Čelákovice is to build a large dominant granite cross, where citizens will be able to remember their loved ones. The project is part of the "Ahoj krásné Česko" campaign.
Grill point - Čelákovice
Another project in which Architekti bez hranic participated in the Cif campaign, was the design of a barbecue area in Čelákovice.
The intention of the city is to create a community grillpoint in the recreational area near the river Elbe. Grillpoint will be used for meetings, family gatherings or concerts of local country bands. The grill place is located near the bike path among the greenery overlooking the river. The barbecue area is complemented by waste bins and bike racks. Grillpoint is designed to fit into the surrounding landscape, which is supported by designed planting.
Jeseník underpass in Jeseník
In the summer of 2020, Architects Without Borders proposed a design for the revitalization of the underpass in the center of Jeseník as part of the ‘Ahoj, krásné Česko’ Hello, Beautiful Czechia campaign.
The subject of the proposal was to improve a neglected area that had not been renovated since the early 1990s. The area, which otherwise has great potential as a link between the main square and the forecourt of the former Voršilek monastery, is used daily by local residents and was therefore chosen as a place that deserves more care.
The design involved the restoration of the original mosaics and the refurbishment of the information displays. The resurfacing and replacement of inadequate lighting were integral.