CITY X DISASTER. Workshop series that thoroughly investigates creative solutions for the city and its potential to sustain a paralysing event and provide safe haven for its residents, for its future. Part II: Prague reflects on the findings of the New York workshop, a collaboration between UMPRUM and NYIT in May 2014, now welcoming a new partner - INDA of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. The project is under the patronage of the United Nations in New York.
Urban metropolis as a the most common contemporary living environment, under normal circumstances, provides livable, pleasant habitat, safe shelter. Increasingly often cities around the globe have to face a wide range of natural or man-made disasters for which they demonstrate various, sometimes unsatisfactory, levels of response and preparedness.
The workshop series CITY X DISASTER is poised to thoroughly investigate creative ways to find new solutions for the city and its potential to sustain a paralysing event and provide safe haven for its residents, for its future.
The first of the series took place in May 2014 in New York – with students from the School of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology and from the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. Each team developed one site in a one-week charrette. The findings of the investigations in the urban realm were then presented at the end of the workshop and resulted in an exciting, rich and open-ended discussion with jury of architects, educators, city planners and different other professionals.
In March 2015 we continue in Prague at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Disaster relief architectural proposals will carry on as main theme, this time applied to the historical urban fabric of the Central European metropolis. We are excited to welcome students from INDA Chulalongkorn University and are looking forward to enhance the discussion and achieve more thorough results, more radical and original proposals.