About the project

Pilsen Architecture Manual (PAM) is an expert/popularisation project that maps the architecture of the period of 1914–1950 in Pilsen. The project’s authors’ primary subject of interest is buildings of early Modernism including their historicist, classicist and cubist nuances, objects following the national style, decorativism and purism as well as various attitudes to functionalism. An exception to the thus laid-out period can be found in two modern interior realisations with which Adolf Loos entered the space of Pilsen in the years 1907–1910, and buildings documenting a gradual change in architecture endorsing traditional morphology in modernist architecture. At this stage, the buildings are connected to the routes of nine paths taking those interested around the city centre, the Southern Suburb including the Bezovka villa neighbourhood and the districts of Doudlevce, Roudná, Lochotín and the Štrunc Park with the brewery and its surroundings. The backbone of the project, as well as the tenth path intersecting four other routes, is the Loos line connecting places displaying Adolf Loos and his collaborators’ realisations.

The project, inspired by the successful Brno Architecture Manual (BAM, www.bam.brno.cz), aims to present individual buildings, architects, builders, selected public spaces and city districts to the general public as well as experts, with an on-line database and map brochures, and subsequently also with audio recordings and orientation signage in the public space (all of this in both Czech and English versions). It is the mediation of experience with architecture exhibited in situ, architecture “on itself”. This is the main goal of the project. The database has been freely available on the website pam.plzne.cz since April 2015, and at the moment contains about 330 objects documented with more than 200 texts, 1,200 contemporary photographs, approximately 2,300 reproductions of original plans and hundreds of other archival documents. The database also includes a survey of 100 architects, a similar number of builders and 30 public spaces.

Selected buildings are divided into two categories – a smaller part of them is placed in the “curator’s choice”, which presents the top Pilsen architecture that can hold its own with present-day Prague or Brno production. Other objects represent the mature building culture of Pilsen between the wars. At the same time, they evidence the necessity of the existence and support of a high architecture standard for the creation of a quality public environment. This selection is not final, though – the database is a living thing and thus will be completed by further buildings and information. Extending the scope, together with guided walks and the planned use of the database for school education will ensure achievement of the project’s key ambition – being helpful in making the local, Czech and international public able to discern and sensitively perceive the architecture and urbanism values of Pilsen.

The first stage of the project was realised care of the Pilsen 2015 public benefit organisation, within the Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 programme with the kind support of the Pilsen Region and the State Fund for Culture of the Czech Republic. The second stage, supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Pilsen 2015 public benefit organisation, was produced by the Foster the City association.

Team of authors
Author of the concept, project manager, text editor / Petr Klíma
Co-author of the concept / Lucie Valdhansová
Texts on the website / Pavel Beneš, Jaromír Čížek, Klára Eliášová, Martina Kadaníková, Petr Klíma, Petra Konopčíková, Alena Křížková, Ondřej Molin, Andrea Ptáčková, Lenka Růžičková, Tomáš Řepa, Anna Šubrtová, Lucie Valdhansová
Photographs / Petr Jehlík, Rostislav Zapletal
Drawings / Petr Jehlík
Graphic design / Jan Dientsbier – Martin Bušek
Research / Pavel Beneš, Petra Cimburková, Václav Cinádr, Petr Klíma, Petra Konopčíková, Alena Křížková, Lenka Růžičková, Anna Šubrtová, Lucie Valdhansová
Further collaboration / Petra Cimburková, Václav Cinádr, Martin Czeller, Šárka Lorencová, Karolína Plášková
Database and website / Ondřej Karlík – Patrik Sýkora (Via Aurea, s. r. o.)
Maps / Správa informačních technologií města Plzně
Language proofreading / Pavla Švábenická
Translations / John Comer, Marie Tesková, Filip Miller

Collection objects/items and archive materials including historical maps
Archives of the Building Administrative Department, Technical Authority of the Municipality of the City of Pilsen, City of Pilsen Archives, Archives of the Pilsner Urquell Company, Brno City Museum, Olomouc Museum of Art, State District Archives in Pilsen, VGHMÚř Dobruška, the Gallery of West Bohemia in Pilsen and private archives

Conceptual and methodology model
Brno Architecture Manual (BAM, www.bam.brno.cz)

Thanks to
Stanislav Achac, Martin Baxa, Michal Bém, Josef Beneš, Filip Blažek, Alexandra Brabcová, Michal Brummel, Pavel Domanický, Petr Domanický, Jindřich Chatrný, Petr Jindra, Jan Kaigl, Jan Kaisler, Rostislav Koryčánek, Zuzana Koubíková, Jiří Kozohorský, Luděk Krčmář, Zdeňka Krpálková, Jana Mainzerová, Petra Martinová, Roman Musil, Marta Perůtková, Anna Peřinová, Terezie Petišková, Štěpánka Pflegerová, Šimon Pumr, Marek Sivák, Adam Skála, Jan Souček, Milan Svoboda, Dagmar Škubalová, Jindra Štěpánková, Jakub Šlouf, Kristina Štěpánová, Iva Tománková, Michal Vališ, Jan Vaňata, Karel Zoch and many others

Special thanks to
Pilsen 2015 public benefit organisation
Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
Pilsen Region
City of Pilsen
State Fund for Culture of the Czech Republic
Brno House of Arts

Information points
Tourist Information Centre of the City of Pilsen
April – September: Mon–Sun 9am–7pm
October – March: Mon–Sun 9am–6pm
Republic Square 41, Pilsen

Creative Zone DEPO2015 (reception desk)
Mon–Sun 11am–7pm
Presslova 14, Pilsen

 

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