In Spring 2014, Global AD Prague Design Studio started exploring novel relationships between Czech capital city and its river Vltava in a contemporary setting of speculative design and research. Nine international, undergraduate students worked together with local experts on solving one of the city’s worts problems - flooding.
During the course of 13 weeks the studio went through various design stages including analysis of the river’s behavior, public spaces and infrastructure. The students learned new software modelling techniques used in computational design, and applied latest methodologies and thinking process within speculative design of Future Cities.
The studio project was focused on Kampa Island and Museum - one of the most fragile environments in historical core of Prague. Due to its exposure to water, the museum located on the waterfront of island is being constantly affected with reoccurring inundations. Therefor, the task was to imagine and develope ideas for new ‘‘Amphibious Landscapes’’ of Kampa Island.
The design process started with topological modeling of various morphologies, i.e. forms and structures that are in any way related to water. In parallel, students were learning special tools for environmental analysis and advance fabrication in order to perform accurate scientific measurements and physical model tests that were later applied in their ideas.
Further, students paired in groups to address four main points from their project brief: Landscape, River Embankment, Museum flooding issue and the new Museum extension. The final results not only inspire with great ideas, but also evoke new questions for a more sustainable and flood-proof future of Prague.
Global AD Prague Studio ss2014
Semester long CIEE Study Abroad Program for US undergraduate students.
Architectural Institute in Prague
Maria Aiolova (Terreform ONE)