Situated in the heart of Europe, with architecturally strong neighbors Germany, Austria and recently fast growing Poland, still surrounded and enclosed by the border hills. Czech architecture has always been part of Europe, even in some periods it has suffered considerable political isolation. That is now radically changing with a new generation of internationally well networked architects and institutions, becoming an integral and vital part of the European and global debate on contemporary architecture and notably urban planning. Osamu Okamura explains how.
Eurovision Lithuania, 2016
Situated between Scandinavia and Eastern and Western Europe, it is no surprise that economically (and historically) Lithuania deals mostly with Russia and Poland. Its architectural scope, however, is a lot broader. Its architects are attempting to implement new values in a nation that has become one of the fastest-growing economies in the EU. Needless to say, new Lithuanian architecture is on the rise, says Ruta Leitaneite.
Since Poland entered the European Union in 2004, the nation has seen continuous growth, both economically and culturally. In this instalment, Hubert Trammer and Maciej Czarnecki, together with Ewa Borysiewicz and Anna Szylar of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and photographer Jakub Certowicz, apprise the current circumstances of Polish architecture.