If it were not for the longest river in the Czech Republic, its largest city would not exist. Certainly not in the place and form as we know it today. The Vltava and its banks are the true cradle of Prague and to this day they help shape our ideas about how and in what direction the development of the capital should be headed. At the same time, Prague has often turned its back on its river, disrespected its nature and neglected the opportunities it offers. Today, however, the Vltava is returning to the center of attention of urban planning and politics, as well as private investment. The exhibition at the Centre for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning responds to this renewed interest of the city in "its" river and presents to the public the current trends in the spatial development of the riverscape with examples of twenty-five specific projects that are about to be implemented on the Vltava or in its immediate surroundings. The range of projects is wide and starts with large public projects such as the suburban park at the confluence of the Vltava and Berounka, the first of its kind in the Czech Republic, the Rohan Park, which will combine recreational use with natural flood protection, or the comprehensive transformation of the Troja basin. Smaller projects will also be presented, ranging from modifications to the beds of the tributaries of the Vltava - the Rokytka, Botič or Motolský brook, through infrastructure buildings represented by the new Dvorecký Bridge and the cable car in Podbaba, to important public buildings on the river bank in the form of a new concert hall - the Vltava Philharmonic Hall.

Visitors to the CAMP will walk along both banks of the Vltava from Zbraslav to Podbaba thanks to a 1 : 1 000 scale model of the river, which winds its way through the entire exhibition hall, the floor of which, under the rays of UV light, can turn into a giant map of Prague's water system before the eyes of the attentive visitor. In an accompanying projection, visitors will learn the details and context of all the upcoming projects. The wide-angle projection invites them to travel into the past of the Vltava River and Prague with the help of historical engravings, maps, photographs and archive footage. The "analogue" part of the exhibition will then summarize basic information and the Vltava's "highlights", which we may walk past every day without even being aware of them. For example, do you know where the deepest part of the river is in Prague? And can you name all of Prague's bridges off the top of your head?

The information contained in the exhibition is mostly based on documents prepared by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development, especially from the Concept of Prague's Banks. We would like to thank all our colleagues from IPR Prague, in particular from the offices of the archive, public space and green infrastructure, for their significant help and cooperation in the preparation of the exhibition.


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