Only the first 350 people to register will be get to see Jan Gehl (Copenhagen), Alexandros Washburn (NYC), Reinier de Graaf (OMA, Rotterdam), Janette Sadik-Khan (NYC) and others discuss design for quality public space, mobility and the waterfront.
The Czech capital will host the first international conference dealing with these complex topics named reSITE, at the end of May. The conference is part of a larger festival of the same name, which is operating under the Auspices of The City of Prague and the US Embassy in Prague.
This major international conference will take place from 24-25 May 2012 at the National Gallery – Veletržní palace. All details of the conference program including speakers and schedule will be listed and regularly updated on the official website www.resite.cz. The conference committee invites students, academics, leaders from government, businesses and NGOs, as well as the general public to attend.
The conference will be interdisciplinary with designers, municipality leaders, developers, economists and community groups discussing urban design for public space, mobility and the waterfront. Jan Gehl from Copenhagen; Reinier de Graaf, Partner at OMA, the firm founded by Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam; Janette Sadik-Khan the famous Commissioner of Transportation in NYC and Alexandros E. Washburn the Director of Urban Design will represent the Bloomberg Administration in New York City. Speakers such as Lisa Diedrich and Martin Rein-Cano (Topotek 1) of Germany will talk about design and planning for urban landscapes. Pavel Koch, Nigel Atkins of the Sorbonne and Serge Borenstein of Karlin Group, among others will comment on economics of development while Tomas Hudecek, the Deputy Mayor of Prague and Michael Rink, assistant to Director Jorn Walter from the Ministry of Urban Development and Environment in the City of Hamburg will debate planning and development policy. Igor Kovacavic, Adam Gebrian and Jakub Cigler among other Czech architects will also participate.
Registration will be limited to the first 350 guests. Those interested in attending the conference should log onto: www.resite.cz to register. Cost of the registration varies based on price level: Student, Academic and Government Employee and Professional [all others]. The quantity of tickets available at each level is limited.
The conference will have four main sessions featuring international and local participants: Design in the Public Realm, Community Forum, Economics of Development and Policy for Public Space. A panel discussion titled “Prague Transfer” will match Czech and German experts to compare design strategy between the two countries. “Waterfront Planning in Europe” will highlight visionary waterfront projects and the “Open Prague” discussion will focus on the new Prague Master Plan.
Co-organizer and Director of the Partnership Foundation, Miroslav Kundrata says, “There are great opportunities to revitalize urban waterfronts while connecting this to technical flood control measures. Examples that link investments to protect against floods, which also improve public spaces, recreation, culture, sport and development can be found in many European and American cities. These issues are relevant for Prague, Olomouc, Pilsen, Brno and many other cities that have experienced high water.”
reSITE is being organized by an American landscape architect Martin Barry, Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at FA CTU, Partnership Foundation and Architectural Institute in Prague, an international private college. Other key organizations involved the planning the conference are: Aerofilms, Centre for Central European Architecture, The US Embassy in Prague, Fulbright Commission, Embassy of Denmark, the Embassy of Norway, Czech-German fund for the Future, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Prague.
Media Partners: ARCHITEKT Magazine, ASB – architecture, construction and business, Era 21, e-architekt.cz, worldlandscapearchitecture.com
For more information, please contact:
Matej Sisolak, reSITE PR
tel.: +420 608 215 740
Martin Joseph Barry, reSITE Director
tel.: +420 724 099 790