Brutal Prague is a publication that features distinguished personalities presenting exceptional buildings constructed in Prague between 1969 and 1989. We are collecting financial means for printing and publishing this important book (also in English).
In January 2014, hotel with the symbolic title Praha starts to irrecoverably disappear from the city landscape. For a long time, professional and gradually also the general public realizes the extraordinary situation that transcends the topic of architecture. Demolition of the hotel originally built for Communist bigwigs and international government delegations sparked a debate on the necessary protection of these types of buildings. Perhaps for the first time, inhabitants of (not only) the capital come to appreciate the architectural, artistic and socio-historic value of such objects.
Education platform Scholastika decided to draw attention to this architecture and in 2015 kicked off a series of guided tours and lectures with renowned theoreticians, artists and architects, who presented the uniqueness and hidden beauty of these constructions. Gradually, some of these buildings started to irrecoverably disappear and it became necessary to think of a way, how to preserve this important part of our history for the general public.
Publication Brutal Prague presents exceptional buildings constructed between 1969 and 1989 together with renowned personalities specialising in architecture: Michaela Janečková, Pavel Karous, Petr Klíma, Rostislav Koryčánek, Petr Kučera, Adam Štěch and Vladimir 518. Editor of the book is Ondřej Horák. In the book, Vladimir 518 presents the remarkable New Scene building of the National Theatre, the sculptor Pavel Karous shows artworks in public spaces from the period of normalisation. Petr Klíma will explain the architectural value of Kotva and Máj department stores. Buildings are captured by photographers Tomáš Souček, Petr Polák, Filip Šlapal and the artist duo BoysPlayNice, who focuses on photographing contemporary architecture.
Graphic studio OKOLO publishing a number of successfull books in the Czech Republic and abroad will design the publication Brutal Prague. High quality authors are needed for high quality texts as much as high quality paper is necessary for high quality photographs. Our crowdfunding campaign shall contribute not only to supporting the texts, photographs and graphic design, but the highest amount of collected money will be invested in expensive printing.
Would you like to hold this publication in your hands? Contribute to its publishing. You can become part of a unique project on buildings, some of which will remain only on paper. We would like to protect the others by highlighting their brutal beauty.
We are a team of authors and photographers with interest in architecture from 1969 and 1989.