Where there is no housing, there is no city. Houses and apartments are the basic fabric of human settlements – as are streets, squares, shops, offices, factories or underground pipelines. Every healthy and growing city requires sufficient housing for all existing as well as new residents. Ideally in densely populated and well-connected developments that save both the environment and public budgets.
A new exhibition in the Prague Tomorrow? series describes the reasons why the Czech capital is still far from an ideal housing situation. At the same time, however, it also shows the paths that lead to a significant improvement in the supply of quality and affordable housing for current and future residents of Prague. As always, visitors to the exhibition can choose whether they want to absorb the information primarily through a large-screen projection, or whether they prefer a printed version in the form of a free catalogue. The audiovisual layer of the exhibition consists of three parts. The first explains who builds apartments in the capital and how, while the second presents the diverse face of contemporary housing: the photographic essay "Houses, Apartments, People" invites visitors to peek into various types of Prague households - from homeless dormitories to luxury loft residences in the city center. The third part consists of a sound montage composed of a wide range of opinions that resonate through the media on the topic of housing development. Visitors to the exhibition can sit comfortably on arguably the largest sofa in the city – it is the size of the smallest Prague apartment – while watching the projection. Thanks to the prahazitra.camp map viewer, everyone can easily find out how many apartments will be built in Prague in the next ten years (and where).
The data, information and forecasts contained in the exhibition are based primarily on the Housing Development Strategy for the Capital City of Prague, which was prepared by IPR Prague and approved by the Prague City Council in 2021. The adaptation of the strategy by the capital is an important step towards overcoming the stagnation in housing, housing stock and construction in which Prague finds itself today. One of the important causes of the whole problem is the fact that Prague has not had an active and purposeful housing policy for a long time, giving more space to the personal interests of some Prague citizens, the market and privatisation of the housing stock. This is where the situation must begin to change.