Prague Railway Stations Un/Used

This publication was released to coincide with a conference and exhibition titled ‘Prague Railway Stations Un/Used’, which was organised in early March 2012 by Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage (VCPD) of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University, and a civic initiative called ‘This Doesn’t All Belong to Developers’ (Tady není developerovo o. s).

The book is divided into two parts. The first contains papers by scholars writing about railway stations in Prague from the perspectives of history, architecture, urban studies, industrial heritage, and heritage conservation. The second part presents eighteen student projects with proposals for the adaptive re-use of Žižkov Freight Station in Prague; these projects were developed as part of a workshop organised by the VCPD and Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera in autumn 2011. The publication, exhibition, and conference were all prepared as part of work on the project ‘Industrial Topography of the Czech Republic – The Adaptive Re-Use of Industrial Heritage’ (DF11P01OVV016) supported by the NAKI (National and Cultural Heritage) programme of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


Benjamin Fragner – Tomáš Skřivan (edd.), Prague Railway Stations Un/Used, Prague 2012.

126 pages; Czech, English introduction; ISBN 978-80-01-05009-5 / authors Jan Aulík, Lukáš Beran, Benjamin Fragner, Michal Hlaváček, Pavel Kalina, Petr Krajči, Martin Krise, Jan Sedlák, Tomáš Šenberger, Ladislav Špaček, Tomáš Skřivan, Michal Zlámaný / contributing editorial work Lukáš Beran, Petr Herman, Matěj Stropnický, Dagmar Tomášová, Vladislava Valchářová, Jan Zikmund  / proofreading Hana Hlušičková / translation Robin Cassling / scientific review Jiří Suchomel / graphic design Tomáš Skřivan / logo Štěpán Malovec / print Kavka print, a. s. / published by the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU Prague, supported by the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Ministry of Transport and Czech Railways

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Interwar Garages in the Czech Lands

This publication looks at how building culture evolved and transformed over the first half of the twentieth century in relation to the rise and spread of automobile culture. The automobile not only ushered in new ways of understanding time, space, and personal freedom, it accelerated the pace of globalisation and industrialisation, transformed the structure of urban and rural landscapes, and inspired a reappraisal of the process of creating and the very substance of architecture, as brand-new typological structures emerged in direction connection with automobile use – vast manufacturing grounds, small body shops, automobile repair shops, automobile showrooms, roadside cafés, petrol stations, and, of course, parking garages.

Observing the early development of such structures, how they spread and became widely established, provides special insight into the building culture that coincided with these developments, but it also sheds light on certain timeless issues and serves as an example of how new technological, spatial, and social requirements became organically integrated into the theory of modern architecture that was emerging with these developments. In these times of economic crisis and under the ethos of sustainable development, some valuable lessons can be drawn from two other dimensions of this subject: the need to straddle considerations of economy – both of finance and form – and the concurrent demands of elegance and comfort; and the emergence of a model approach to universal construction and layout, which was ideal for gradual adaptation or conversion to new use.

The book was prepared as part of work on the project ‘Industrial Topography of the Czech Republic – the Adaptive Re-use of Industrial Heritage’ supported by the NAKI programme (National and Cultural Identity) of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. It was printed with the support of a grant from SGS (the Student Grant Fund) of the Czech Technical University in the area of Sustainable Development and Historical Experience.


Petr Vorlík, Interwar Garages in the Czech Lands, Prague 2011.

136 pages; Czech, English summary; ISBN 978-80-01-04924-2 / translation Robin Cassling / scientific review Henrieta Moravčíková / graphic design Jan Forejt / typesetting and print Studio Element / published by the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU Prague


The Pitfalls of Re-use / The Brewery in Buštěhrad

The publication presents the results of a competition of student work focused on architectural projects for adapting the brewery in Buštěhrad for new use. The contest was organised in Prague by the Institute of the Theory and History of Architecture, the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage, and the Heritage Conservation Institute (all at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University).

The book presents the 63 projects that entered the competition. It recounts the history of the brewery, presents the criteria and methodology used to evaluate the projects, and contains writings by teachers and members of the competition jury. The book was published with the support of a grant from the SGS (the Student Grant Fund) of the Czech Technical University (Grant No. SGS 010-802 140) and it was prepared as part of work on the project ‘Industrial Topography – the Adaptive Re-use of Industrial Heritage’ supported by the NAKI programme (National and Cultural Identity) of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.


Benjamin Fragner – Petr Vorlík – Jan Zikmund (edd.), The Pitfalls of Re-use / The Brewery in Buštěhrad, Prague 2011.

110 pages; Czech, English summary; ISBN 978-80-01-04923-5; contributing editorial work Peter Daniel, Matúš Dulla, Irena Fialová, Václav Girsa, Jana Gregorová, Silvie Kránerová, Tomáš Šenberger / graphic design Petr Sládek / print Signpek s. r. o. / published by the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU Prague

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Industrial Topography

Industrial Topography of the Czech Republic was a long-term scholarly project of the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU in Prague for 2011–2014 supported by grants from the program of applied research and development of national identity Naki Ministry of Culture (No. F11P01OVV0116).

The web interface allows methodical topography industrial processing, storage, networking and ongoing evaluation and thematic research area VCPD a wide range of collaborators. Methodically builds on the register of construction works, its structure is based on data collected layered interlacing, displaying a wider socio-economic and geographical context, with emphasis on the intersection plane of historical context and current / future potential industrial heritage.

The core of the topographic evaluation of the industrial heritage of the Czech Republic are specialized maps, the structure allows for mutual comparison of quantitative and qualitative records in other databases. The basic criterion or set of reference data has become a region, which corresponds to the phasing of the project only, but also relevant and graspable number of research activities, and especially the specific regional conditions and the structure of territorial administration. Synthetic map allows you to view all points = records in the county of database objects; set aside from this industry (eg breweries, sugar refineries, road construction, etc.) and compare the records with regard to their condition or potential (for example, to highlight the conversion of cultural monuments , attractive tourist destinations, etc.). The topographical views can continuously change the scale radius and angle, switch from normal to orthophoto maps, a detailed study of individual records card information or obtain additional information through web links, or links to specialized texts and reference examples.

The second key industrial level topography database consists of objects whose structure is based on a carefully formulated and chased the methodology of field surveys and archival VCPD repeatedly audited and consulted at the national level and international level. Basic research and for building a natural form of heritage record (identification data, history and current status, resources and literature, photos and attachments, metadata) is complemented by a wide range of general links (websites of towns and villages, the National Heritage Institute, Database VCPD personalities etc.) and detailed information in the form of specific references (projects in the practice or student, territorial or historical plans, the latest news in daily newspapers, archival materials, etc.).

Database of Objects complements Database of personalities (architects, builders, construction companies), which provides research essential dimension of economic and social history, and Database of foreign and Czech examples of the new use of industrial heritage, with the analogous methodological structure and therefore enable mutual comparison and evaluation (eg, history and current state of selected buildings types with examples of successful conversions). Reduced English version started its operation too. Industrial topography is its interdisciplinary span of professional and lay public, and the findings are also continuously made available through printed publications. With regard to copyright processors exploration and willingness to focus a specific user is to enter the web interface requires registration.

Industrial Topography / Ústí nad Labem Region

The first volume of Industrial Topography is devoted to the Ústí nad Labem Region, which, in terms of the volume and diversity of its industrial heritage and the grandeur of its industrial architecture and technical concepts, is one of the most remarkable regions in the Czech Republic. Book localizes 778 buildings and sites in 587 items, contains 17 maps and 570 images.

The book is part of a project carried out by the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University with the support of the Ministry of Culture’s programme of applied research on national and cultural identity (NAKI). Its objective is to map industrial heritage in the regions of the Czech Republic. It identifies values and draws attention to the heritage passed down from the industrial age and it seeks opportunities for their adapted new use.


Vladislava Valchářová (ed.) – Lukáš Beran – Jan Zikmund, Industrial Topography / Ústí nad Labem Region, Prague 2011.

368 pages; Czech, English/German introduction and editorial; 570 images; ISBN 978-80-01-04833-7 / contributing editorial work Michaela Balášová, Dita Dvořáková, Radovan Folk, Ivan Grisa, Pavel Jákl, Petr Joza, Miroslav Kindl, Zuzana Křenková, Irena Lehkoživová, Viktor Mácha, Jan Němec, Adéla Poubová, Petr Rak, Milan Starec, Tomáš Šenberger, Tomáš Voldráb, Martin Vonka, Petr Vorlík, Michal Zlámaný / translation Robin Cassling, Susanne Spurná / scientific review Eva Dvořáková, Pavel Halík / graphic design Jan Forejt / typestting and print Studio Element / published by the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU Prague in conjunction with the Technical Monuments Committee of the Czech Chamber of Certified Engineers and Technicians and the Czech Union of Civil Engineers and the Association of Historical Settlements in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia