Light pollution from a logistics centre, North-West Bohemia © Zdenek Porcal/Studio Flusser

Steel Cities – The Architecture of Logistics in Central and Eastern Europe

Steel Cities – the Architecture of Logistics in Central and Eastern Europe

Book Presentation and Discussion on 24 March, 2021 at 5 p.m. here at Facebook

With the series ARCHINT − Interventions in Architecture, the Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin makes the audience acquainted with interesting architectural ensembles, discussions about reconstructions, revitalisations and other invasions in the architectural as well as urban and public space in the Czech Republic. On Wednesday, March 24 at 5 p.m. Miroslav Pazdera and Tadeáš Říha will talk about their publication Steel Cities - The Architecture of Logistics in Central and Eastern Europe with the editor-in-chief of ARCH+ Anh-Linh Ngo. How fast and where are the new logistic parks and distribution centres rising which are needed for large companies and the growing sector of online shopping? What role do the Czech Republic and the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe for Germany play? And how to deal with the fast-growing logistic industry and its hugely problematic effects on the built environment, landscapes, societies, and individuals in the region.

Miroslav Pazdera is an architect, a graduate of the Architecture School of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with study experience from RWTH Aachen. As part of his practice, he has, among others, worked with the Swiss studio pool Architekten. He has also been active as Assistant Professor at Ondřej Císler’s studio at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague. He currently works as an architect in the Bernd Schmutz Architekten Studio in Berlin.

Tadeáš Říha is an architect and a writer, graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology and the Czech Technical University in Prague. He is one of the authors of Weak Monument, the Estonian Pavillon at the XVII Venice Architecture Biennale and one of the editors of the Weak Monument publication, published by Park Books in 2018. He currently lives in London where he works at 6a architects on cultural projects in the UK and in Europe.

Anh-Linh Ngo is an architect, author and editor of ARCH+. He is co-founder of the international initiative »projekt bauhaus» which in between 2015–2019 critically approached the Bauhaus ideas through conferences, workshops, pop-up-exhibitions and a performance. Anh-Linh Ngo was on the advisory board of the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) from 2010 until 2016 and a member on the board of IBA 2017 StadtRegion Stuttgart.