Creators of Industrial Buildings (movie)

On 26 and 27 September 2018, the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage, FA CTU Prague, organized a multidisciplinary off‑site symposium titled the “Creators of Industrial Buildings”. To accompany the event, the VCPD published a compilation of abstracts and created a short film to capture the atmosphere of the event (see bellow).


TICCIH National Reports 2016–2018

TICCIH National Reports provide descriptions of industrial heritage activities that have occurred over the three years since our last Congress. This material was presented during our 17th Congress, held in Santiago, Chile, and continues our practice of reporting global actions and events related to the industrial heritage, collected and reported on a national basis by our members. Please use this link below to download your PDF copy or follow this link to read the national reports on the web site ISSUU.

Off-site symposium Creators of Industrial Buildings

The multidisciplinary off‑site symposium surveys the general principles behind the emergence of industrial heritage, which are at the same time the basic principles of industrial civilisation—the rationalisation, specialisation, standardisation, and global transfer of experiences. It seeks to grasp industrial structures as complex, individual works, and to study their origin and authorship—the design work of mill architects, factory designers, construction companies and “büros”. Held by the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage of the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague in the cooperation with the Czech National Committee of ICOMOS within the project Industrial Architecture: Monuments of Industrial Heritage as Technical‑Architectural Works and as the Identity of a Place, supported by the Applied Research and Development of National and Cultural Identity Programme (NAKI II) of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Programme and other informations are available on Symposium 2018 microsite.

Industrial Architecture: Understanding Monuments of Industrial Heritage as Technical-Architectural Works and as a Source of Identity of a Place

On 1 March 2016 VCPD FA CTU starts work on a five-year project supported under the National and Cultural Identity (NAKI II) research and development programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (DG16P02H001). 

The project directly ties in with the previous NAKI project An Industrial Topography (2011–2014), and makes use and expands on this database in a synthesising and evaluative study that provides a structured selection of exemplary monuments of industrial heritage and their characteristic situations—doing so in the form of a specialised map, exhibitions and published monographs. The research is founded on understanding industrial buildings and complexes and on identifying the general cultural values of such heritage. The main approach is to survey the general principles behind the emergence of this heritage, which are at the same time the basic principles of industrial civilisation—the rationalisation, specialisation, standardisation, and the global transfer of experiences. The research grasps industrial structures as complex, individual works and studies their origin and authorship. The research will therefore focus on the work of specialised European design offices that are determing the direction development will take in the Czech Republic and on how their methods are being applied by other such offices in the country. It will examine the design work of construction companies that, particularly in the field of reinforced concrete construction, have reached a cutting-edge level in the country. It will highlight scientific methods applied in the design and architectural work of cooperative and state organisations for the construction of technical and transport infrastructure in the country and in the post-war period for building the foundations of industry. The findings will be presented and contrasted with other work at an international conference that will be held in 2018 and then summarised in a publication. The most important structures and sites in the CR will be captured in a specialised map reflecting all the perspectives outlined above and in 2020 an exhibition will be organised to conclude the project and a prestigious multi-lingual publication will be produced to accompany the event.

A complementary direction of the research is to survey the unique structural history of industrial works and to examine them as part of heterogeneous complexes whose functions change at critical points in time and have been lost in the post-industrial era, and to define the potential they have for helping to preserve the identity of a particular place in an effort to make use of that potential in future local development. Therefore the research will also seek to capture and reflect on the historical position of such structures today and to select the most inspiring examples of the forms they have come to assume today. These examples will be presented at an exhibition and in a publication in the third year of the project.

Both directions of research intersect in their basic understanding of the values that industrial heritage sites represent in modern-day circumstances, which is essential for identifying the most appropriate conservationist and creative urbanist and architectural approaches to apply to the adapted re-use of individual sites.

Investigators: Mgr. Lukáš Beran, Ph.D. (guarantor); Mgr. Jan Zikmund; PhDr. Benjamin Fragner; Mgr. Irena Lehkoživová; Mgr. Jakub Potůček; doc. Ing. arch. Petr Vorlík, Ph.D.; Mgr. Magdalena Tayerlová

Zbůch 2015

Interdisciplinary workshop Zbůch 2015 or Vision for rediscovery of miner’s culture area in the Pilsen region will look for a development and vision direction for transforming the micro region of Western Bohemian coalfield and its centre – municipality Zbůch.

Even though black coal was mined there for more than 400 years, Pilsen coal-field has always been in the background of Kladno and Ostrava region. After a long period of being closely linked to coal mining activities and subsequently after damping dawn and finally after  closing dawn coal mining completely, this region at present is going through a process of looking for a new identity. Gradually disappearing traces of strongly industrial landscape are in contrast with absence of further vision.

The objective of this interdisciplinary workshop is creating a wide spectrum of students and projects of various universities which will contribute to the future development of this area. Let’s introduce to each other various approaches when looking for an identity of the place on local as well as regional level, from landscape through municipality urbanism, constructions, interior up to design, land-art and site-specific activities.

Join us in our way to rediscover the miner’s culture area and industrial monuments of Pilsen region, let us revive its history and long time forgotten stories.



time schedule here