Open Lecture by PROF. MICHAL KOHOUT_"HOUSING ESTATES, WHAT'S NEXT?

January 22nd, 2018

On January 22, 2018,  PROF. MICHAL KOHOUT hold an open lecture named "HOUSING ESTATES AND THEIR FUTURE-REMODELLING MODELS” at Epoka University.

 

About a third of the population of the Czech Republic live at housing estates today, in Prague it is even almost one half of the population. So far, we as a society, concentrate during revitalizing mainly on individual buildings and their structural and technological standard and we did not pay much attention to a search for a long-term strategy for the development of these locations.

What next? What should a long-term vision for these areas look like? How to enter them in a conceptual manner and how to start the process of their gradual transformation into attractive parts of the urban fabric? How to reduce risks of future negative developments?
Michal Kohout, 1964*Architect, teacher, and theorist, he is Head of the Building Theory Institute at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University, Prague; he is also is in charge of a course on housing and a design course at the same school. He has designed and co-designed dozens of projects, more than 30 of which were built and some received numerous Czech national as well as international awards and were presented at exhibitions of Czech and international architecture.

He is registered with the Czech Chamber of Architects, is a co-founder of the UNIT architekti studio, the Centre for Housing Quality research organization, and Zlatý řez publishers (since 1992), where he is a co-editor of a magazine of the same name. As a writer and editor, he has published a number of books and articles on modern Czech architecture – Bohemia: Modern Architecture (2014), Moravia and Silezia: 20th Century Architecture (2005), Prague: 20th Century Architecture (1996), and housing and the theory of the built environment Housing Estates, what next? (2016), Collective Housing: A Spatial Typology (2015), My House, Our Street: Coordinated Development of Individual Housing (2014).

He is the head of many research projects and an expert on public and professional housing policy.