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Vladimir 518: Rethinking Architectural Narratives in Czech Architecture 1958 -1989

June 5 | 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Organised as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture, this event will see Czech visual artist and musician Vladimir 518 discussing his seminal publication ‚Architecture 58 – 89‘. While post-war architecture from the former Eastern Bloc is highly regarded by foreign architects and students, its perception in the Czech Republic is marked by considerable ambiguity. Often, it is negatively labelled as communist architecture of low value, deemed highly ideological, and seen as in need of replacement. Utilising two significant milestones—Expo 58 in Brussels and the 1989 Velvet Revolution— Vladimir 518 will reassess the Czech and Slovak architectural landscape during this period with the aim to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation in order to reset the perspective of the general public and preserve those landmarks for future generations.   ‚The overwhelming body of so-called communist architecture has little in common with this ideology in terms of its formal aspects, yet a layer of negative emotions and misunderstanding still clings to it. Unfortunately, in the long term it has been impossible to find a healthy relationship with this now historical architecture, which is why one important building after another is disappearing from the streets of our cities. If we as a society fail to preserve at least what is left of the quality buildings from the beginning of the second half of the 20th century, we will erase a piece of our own history and cultural memory once and for all.‘  Vladimir 518   Organised by the Czech Centre as part of London Festival of Architecture 2024. Image: Photo: Vitkovice Archive a.s.


June 5
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Czech Cenrre London
020 7836 3669
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26 Kensington Palace Gardens
London, Select a State W8 4QY United Kingdom
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