The small gestures

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„Festive architecture” takes delight in museums, concert halls and office buildings. It is designed by most popular, used by minority and turists are taking there numbers of photos where they are posing with smile and pride that they have a chance to be in such wonderful, important place. They can also touch a brick or a fragment of window to feel almost like participants in this piece of creation. And that’s pretty all.

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The small gestures

The pure structure

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Ugly and old districts are known as ones that never change. Revitalisations are useless because how we are supposed to change something which functions on its own? Maybe not in a representative way, but the life goes on, step by step and it isn’t even that bad. Upstanding visions of architects are crushing on a wall of reality. Maybe there is no need to change anything?

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The pure structure

The prince and the pauper

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„Architecture isn’t just about creating new buildings, sometimes it’s about retuning what’s already there.” John Pawson

Buildings, as anything else, after some time become out-of-date. It can happen in spectacular organic way, when mould and fungus absorb human-made product, but it can be less poetic, when there is lack of money. Or intentions. Or both. Then a problem appears which is bigger in scale than a dilemma if we already need to bin our smelly cheese.

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The prince and the pauper

Praise the lord

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Building a church we have to deal with bending the space-time – in such case we not only like well-known melodies, but we consider them as the only right ones, the rest is heretical, diabolic, yuck yuck! The problem with the vision of sacral object is inseparably conneted with modernizing religions issue which, as we all know, is still in preparation phase. How to satisfy thousands of customers not being a stylistic cheater? Such doubts Shakespeare summarises with a sentence: that is the question.

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Praise the lord

The wooden compromise

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The globalisation several years ago stole our identity. We eat exactly the same things, wear the same, dwell the same and we are proud of it. Unifacation of architecture is a misunderstanding, which has a mounting impact on our environment. But if milk has been already spilt, we have to wipe it humbly, but kindly not drop another glass.

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The wooden compromise