Will “corn” grow? The city rejects the project of towers in Žižkov by Eva Jiřičná
At the turn of February, the city council and the capital city therefore commissioned the IPR to prepare an assignment for the creation of a study on the development of Olšanská Street and its surroundings. “Olšanská Street is an important city street, which boasts good transport links, access to parks and plenty of civic amenities. Although located in the wider center of the capital, it does not meet the demand of public space to its potential. Several construction projects that are not mutually coordinated are also being discussed in the area, “said Marek Vácha, IPR spokesman.
Pedestrian trail along the cemeteries
The transformation of Olšanská Street is also mentioned in the coalition statement of the city council. In October 2019, the representatives of Prague 3 adopted a resolution calling for a conceptual study to be created on Olšanská Street. The game needs a new footpath along the southern cemetery walls.
“Olšanská is one of the most neglected streets in our district. We have long wanted to turn a tree-filled street, especially friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. Now the opportunity has finally arisen. However, the conceptual study will address not only the street, but also the rules for all construction in the immediate vicinity, including the construction of the Central Group on the land of the former CETIN. This will certainly be a difficult but extremely important debate, “said Matěj Žaloudek (Green Party), chairman of the town hall committee for territorial development, for Pražský deník.
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Instead of the Central Telecommunications Building (ÚTB) from the late 1970s, nicknamed “Mordor” or “Strougal’s Tower”, the developer wants to build tall apartment buildings designed by the famous architect Eva Jiřičná, which in turn resembles corn. In addition, a new district for almost 15,000 people is to be built on the site of the former freight station.
“The main axis of this area is Olšanská Street, which should be properly integrated into the surrounding structure and should be pleasant for current and future residents of this locality,” says the mayor’s deputy Petr Hlaváček (United Forces for Prague / TOP 09). Therefore, IPR was tasked with coordinating all developers’ investments.
The concrete flowers of the citizens failed
“The aim is to set volume and space regulation for the planned construction in the area and also to check the capacity of this locality. In the end, it is necessary to improve the conditions for cycling and public transport in the vicinity of Olšanské streets and to ensure better passability of the entire area for pedestrians, “said spokesman Vácha. According to Ondřej Boháč, director of IPR, a detailed plan should be drawn up, including an estimate of financial requirements, which the municipality will then consult with Prague 3, the transport company and conservationists: “Agreement over an important area is essential for us.”
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In connection with the transformation of Olšanská Street, Deputy Žaloudek recalled a case lasting several months in 2012, when the town hall management considered it “cultural” with concrete flowers, which became so famous in Prague 5. Giant boxes from Smíchov streets as a memento of a controversial and multi-million project has been disappearing since last year. At that time, after public and professional criticism and the negative attitude of the citizens in the town hall survey, Prague 3 finally withdrew from a similar solution.
However, after years, some people from Žižkov still perceive Olšanská Street as one of the ugliest ones. Urbanistically, it was dimensioned so that after a possible demolition of the freight station, it became a traffic radius to the east of the metropolis. “But today it is clear that its importance as a road is not as significant as the dimensions would match and two lanes in each direction are useless. In addition, there is a complete lack of trees, although it is evident that they would fit here, “adds Žaloudek in a statement to Pražský deník.
Another part of the city is considering flower beds, the architects are just shaking their heads