The seventh annual Landscape Festival will bring around thirty site-specific installations and interventions into Ostrava’s public spaces during the summer months, created by numerous top architects, landscape architects and artists. The first of these installations emerged from the student “design & build” workshop at the end of April under the guidance of Finnish architect SAMI RINTALA in conjunction with a number of colleagues from the Czech Republic.
LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS WITH SAMI RINTALA AND IVAN KROUPA
On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, architects Sami Rintala and Ivan Kroupa gave a lecture at the University of Ostrava in which the pair presented their inspiring projects. In the ensuing days (April 24-28), the “design & build” workshop took place in the city, which then yielded the first installation of this year’s Landscape Festival. Under the guidance of Finnish architect Sami Rintala, architects Ivan Kroupa and Jana Moravcová, landscape architect Pavlína Malíková, and academic sculptor Jakub Gajda, students from Architecture Studio 2 of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM) and the Architecture Department of the Technical University of Ostrava (VŠB-TUO), jointly created a site-specific installation, which will remain in place until the end of July 2019.
A WALLED-OFF GARDEN
The main body of the park behind Ostrava’s Tieto Towers office bloc area remains undeveloped and unutilised in a city planning sense. The atmosphere of the site is framed by a number of houses that span the various epochs of Ostrava’s history, as well as a haphazard network of paths, and a beautiful assortment of fully-grown trees. “Given the relatively short implementation timeframe, we decided to use existing modules to revamp this space,” explained Sami Rintala. In order to generate an ethereal atmosphere at the site, the working group made use of temporary construction fencing. The project was inspired by the notion of creating a paradise – meaning a place where visitors are not disturbed by the bustle of the surrounding city, and in which visitors sense a direct connection to the heavens and cosmic phenomena. “In old Persian, the word paradise means 'walled garden enclosure’. Consequently, we chose aluminium fence components as our central element, which created a network of corridors flowing into a central space. The inner spaces of these structures offer visitors a fascinating experience primarily oriented towards a celebration of the location itself,” says Rintala. A bird’s-eye view underscores the complexity of the chosen form. “The ‘spider’s line’ dominates and transforms the entire park,” adds architect Ivan Kroupa. At a particular point, the installation intersects with an existing network of walkways, thus becoming a barrier. In this way, it highlights the importance of integrating the individual areas of Ostrava – a key overall mission of the Landscape Festival.
IVAN KROUPA ON THE DETAILS OF THE WORKSHOP:
a conceptually non-utilised space within an urban planning environment,
a realised space utilised by the homeless community
open assignment, gradual student radicalisation,
a single material, zero consumption, recycling,...
a “spider line” dominates / transforms the park, and the “going in, coming out” system
encompassing various levels of understanding,
bewilderment caused by the barrier panels
grand opening, dynamic live music courtesy of a homeless keyboard player
morphing into blunt rapping: “that’s paradise, you are paradise, get out...!”
What role can the visual arts play in today’s urban public spaces? Are we capable of establishing the proper debate parameters for an issue that incorporates public officials, experts in the field, and the general public? A presentation of the various approaches taken by architects, artists and curators.
Rostislav Koryčánek/ chief curator, the Moravian Gallery in Brno
Irakli Eristavi/ architect/Zero Zero
Marcel Fišer/director Fine Arts Gallery, Cheb
Marek Pokorný/director Plato Ostrava
Prof. PhDr. Petr Kratochvíl, CSc./professor of the history of architecture and the preservation of cultural monuments, curator and co-curator of the following exhibitions: Veřejný prostor CZ (Czech Public Places) – Krajina města (City Landscape), Brno, Prague 2017; Zelená architektura.cz (Green Architecture)
moderator: Dan Merta / director GJF
organisers: Landscape Festival Ostrava 2019 and PLATO
Green Roofs itself is organising the expert section of the event, serving as the umbrella organisation of the Svaz zakládání a údržby zeleně (The Greenery Planting and Maintenance Association); this section is entitled “Green Roofs as a Component of Urban Green Infrastructure”.
20 June, 2019, Ostrava
Including the announcement of the results of the Green Roof of the Year 2019 competition
The construction of green roofs serves as a typical example of positive externality – meaning a situation, in which the economic activities of a particular individual or entity end up benefiting the wider community, without the members of this community having to pay for this quality of life improvement. Among other benefits, green roof vegetation retains rainwater, offers thermal insulation – thus reducing the costs associated with both cooling and heating buildings – and absorbs CO 2 as well as toxic materials present in the air. By absorbing rainwater, green roofs ease the burden of urban sewage systems during torrential rainstorms. Green roofs also reduce dust levels and serve to dampen noise; they support biodiversity for countless forms of wildlife; they create pleasant areas for rest and relaxation – and all in spaces that are hitherto largely unused. In recent years, greenery both on roofs and in subterranean areas such as car parks, tunnels, and roads has been adopted as part of European-wide targeted strategic solutions intended to fight the affects of climate change. Such efforts represent a chance to significantly improve nvironmental conditions in towns and cities across the continent.
The main aim of the project is to increase awareness of the significance and function of green
roofs, their design, installation and subsequent maintenance across both local and national
government, as well as in professional circles and among the wider public. The project also
seeks to foster a future situation in which the construction of green roofs is viewed as a
standard, responsible solution for every new building, as well as – structures permitting – for
existing ones. At the same time, the conference also seeks to provide elected leaders with
information on the reasons for, and opportunities to support, the construction of green roofs.
Conference subject areas:
GREEN ROOF VEGETATION LOGISTICS – Design, implementation and maintenance standards
The function of green roofs, green roof-friendly construction methods, functional layers
– properties and requirements
Methods of systemic support for green roof construction
Lecture by: Ing. Pavel Dostál, author of the eponymous publication (Způsoby systémové podpory
výstavby zelených střech) and a Zelené střechy (Green Roofs) representative at the EFB
(European Federation of Green Roof Associations)
UPFARMING – cultivating crops on roofs
Green roofs, balconies, and facades all offer opportunities for cultivating fruits and vegetables.
Such produce is not grown on a commercial scale, but rather serves primarily as a social and
GREEN ROOFS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC – EXAMPLES
Presenting the most successful works from the Zelená střecha 2018 competition.
ZELENÁ STŘECHA (GREEN ROOF) 2019 – ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMPETITION WINNERS
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Adventures of architecture in Ostrava
International Summer School of Architecture
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Bilateral conference on the subject of urban landscape sustainability.
The Landscape Festival and the University of Ostrava invite visitors to a lecture by renowned architects Sami Rintala and Ivan Kroupa. During their visit, the pair will discuss their existing works and offer their views on the wider world of architecture. Entry to the event is free. For more information, click here.
Read Sami Rintala’s biography here.
Designers | mmcité street furniture | David Karásek and partners Herrmann & Coufal have been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award 2019 for their Pixel seating system, which inspired their Prague Pixel installation at Vítkov Hill during last year’s Landscape Festival. Installation description and more information here.
Lecture series 21.-22.02. 2019
The 2019 Landscape Festival in Ostrava will launch with a multi-disciplinary meeting of staff from a number of universities. Recognised academics and local experts in the field will presentaudiences with insights on the historical development of Ostrava, as well as the currentchallenges faced by the city. Are you interested in the results of current landscaping analyses, or do you have a wider interest in the development potential of Ostrava? If the answer to these questions is “yes” then the Landscape Festival is certainly an event not to be missed. Beyond the construction of buildings, landscapes and public spaces serve as equally important components of urban planning. Outdoor spaces offer considerable potential. But how can such potential be fully mined? Can art in public spaces be regarded as a resource for the development of a post-industrial city? Notable figures in the field will offer crucial insights on the various approaches to tackling such issues within the city of Ostrava.
During both lecture evenings, the main concepts and ideas behind the Landscape Festival willalso be presented by the event’s organisers. Additional subject areas are as follows:
FRIDAY 22.02. 2019 from 17:30
○ The Economic and Social Development of Ostrava
/ Mgr. Alexandr Nováček a Mgr. Vojtěch Bosák
○ Thermal Stress, and Accessibility to Greenery Across Ostrava
/ Mgr. Tereza Aubrechtová
○ Art in Public Spaces Following the Example of Košice
/ doc. Ing. arch. Juraj Koban, Ph.D.
The event is free. However, because capacity is limited, we require visitors to register before-hand. Participants of the weekend workshop are automatically offered a seat reservation for this event. Registration for Friday event on 22.02. 2019: http://conbri.com/event/identita-ostravy-prednaskove-vecery-lfo-2019-1
Lecture series 21.02. and 22.02. 2019
The 2019 Landscape Festival in Ostrava will launch with a multi-disciplinary meeting of stafffrom a number of universities. Recognised academics and local experts in the field will present audiences with insights on the historical development of Ostrava, as well as the current challenges faced by the city. Are you interested in the results of current landscaping analyses, or do you have a wider interest in the development potential of Ostrava? If the answer to thesequestions is “yes” then the Landscape Festival is certainly an event not to be missed. Beyond the construction of buildings, landscapes and public spaces serve as equally important components of urban planning. Outdoor spaces offer considerable potential. But how can such potential be fully mined? Can art in public spaces be regarded as a resource for the development of a post-industrial city? Notable figures in the field will offer crucial insights onthe various approaches to tackling such issues within the city of Ostrava.
During both lecture evenings, the main concepts and ideas behind the Landscape Festival will also be presented by the event’s organisers. Additional subject areas are as follows:
THURSDAY 21.02. 2019 from 17:30
○ Issues and Features in Ostrava’s Urban Planning and Architecture
/ Mgr. Martin Strakoš
○ Barriers in Ostrava City Centre / Ing. arch. Pavel Řihák
○ Art in Public Spaces / MgA. Pavel Karous, Ph.D.
○ Brownfield Revitalisation / Ing. Daniel Matějka, Ph.D
Registration for Thursday events on 21.2. 2019:
The event is free. However, because capacity is limited, we require visitors to register beforehand. Participants of the weekend workshop are automatically offered a seat reservation for this event.