I have met many of them (intro to the manifesto on a new wave of architecture and urban planning)
I have met many of them.
I have met dozens of young architects who reflected our era with their bright visions and were able to spot new trends.
I have met dozens of young architects whose minds were too clear to fit into any of those successful studios producing generic, mainstream designs.
I have met dozens of young architects whose voices spoke about the necessity of vivid urban life in public spaces.
I have met dozens of young architects whose designs celebrated connections between people and their places through community participation.
I have met dozens of young architects whose hands made alliances with landscape engineers, sociologists, ecologists, NGO workers, graphic or fashion designers and businessmen who were their former classmates or friends.
I have met dozens of young architects who realized the importance of educated policymakers in design process.
I have met those who were not afraid to take responsibility that extended the limits of their projects.
I have met few who were not afraid of the very word – politics or developers.
Yet, I have met way too many young architects crashing the walls of still rigid and technocratic education system. Too many who resigned and perhaps too few who endured and kept struggling their way through.
But I saw fruitful products of their work.
Saw great ideas - some appreciated, some deeply underestimated
I knew all of these people had chosen more difficult way.
Their tiny studios are moving around in our cities and form small alliances in former industrial brownfields or they just don’t have any studios and work on-line from their homes.
They collaborate and share their spaces just to reduce their costs to minimum.
They offer new services and fascinating designs catalyzing positive environmental, social and economic consequences.
They work thousands of hours extra without getting paid.
They attend discussions and take part in voluntary projects.
They ride their bikes or walk instead of driving cars, they establish new community gardens or design public markets.
They believe city is new nature and we have to care for it.
They meet, have their parties, do their projects and for now, they fight separately.
They do it low cost and aim long term.
They are definitely not the mainstream choice.
Yet there is this sentence in my head – THEY ARE THE FUTURE!
They plant a seed of what we will enjoy in few years or decades of years.
Traveling from my young age, having different backgrounds and several schools.
I can proudly say – our cities - Prague, Brno, Bratislava have a creative upbeat. This hub is growing.
Our cities, despite being physically and mentally injured by post-communistic planning, our cities are growing and will offer different solutions.
Our path will not be as comfortable and peaceful as the path of Wien or as pictoresque as skylines of Paris, or as cool and progressive as New York as its core seems to be.
Yet, there is something very viable in our cities.
Lack of resources has resulted in true creativity.
Some philosophers say that strong generation is born in uncertain and tough times. I know we are this generation.
My deep gratitude and immense pleasure to know all exceptional people from projects reSITE, CCEA, Noc architektúry, project 1x1, Oximoron, NOIZ.SK, urbanACT, Urban Interventions Bratislava, Brno, Prague, Stadlnova, kRAJ, Critical Mass Nitra, Bratislava, Prague, AUTO*MAT, 2ka, demoplan, coll coll, Galerie Cvernovka, Starý prístav Bratislava, MeetFactory, KC Vltavská, Slatinka, Záhrada
all those who are brave solo runners or people in fascinating projects that I still don’t know.
Coordinator | reSITE Festival, Prague
Post graduate candidate, Urban Design
Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra
Czech Technical University in Prague