The view of Prague from the church tower is great, it brings a physical and internal view, says the bell tower and Prague chief planner Ondřej Boháč
“I try to walk around the city with my children, I want me to read it,” says Ondřej Boháč, director of the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR). “If you know the interior of the city and you know how the conflicting pressures work in it, you will be surprised, for example, that the tram will arrive on time. It’s gratifying, Prague is simply a city where he lives well. ”He talks to Alena Rokosová about the city plans and the bell ringer’s track in Vizitka.
In Prague, perhaps people live happily, the Institute of Planning and Development of the Capital City of Prague, under the leadership of Ondřej Boháč, would like to extend the validity of this rhyming. What awaits Praguers in the coming months? The renovation of Charles Square will begin, which should become a space that no one will want to bypass. The revitalization of the area between Florence and Masaryk Railway Station is planned, which will be taken care of by two Czech and one British architectural studio. However, the main project of IPR is the new building of the Vltava Philharmonic, which is planned for the existing Holešovice brownfield.
According to Ondřej Boháč, the location by the Vltava river, the metro station and the tram stop in combination with a quality architectural competition should return Prague to the map of cities where they also go for modern architecture. “We all feel we need her here. We have already matured into that state, “he says. “We want to take care of Prague, but at the same time we want to keep it going,” he adds, adding that since the time of the Dancing House, which was built in 1996 according to plans by Vlad Milunič and Frank O. Ghery, the Czech capital has no such distinctive building.
In memory of the missing bells
Fan map Ondřej Boháč studied social geography and regional development at the Faculty of Science, Charles University. Even as a student he worked as a geographer at the Prague City Hall, later he was an adviser to the former Deputy Mayor Tomáš Hudeček and subsequently next to his mayor’s office. He joined IPR in 2015. Thanks to his study of social geography, he acquired the ability to synthesize information and also the ability to understand various discussion parties, which, he says, in his current position as director helps him to act as a link between urban planners and politics.
In his free time, Boháč devotes himself to an unconventional hobby, as he acts as a bell tower in the Old Town Church of Our Lady before Týn. “I got to it by accident,” he says. “I was baptized here, I had a wedding and the church backstage always attracted me. I started ringing with older boys at about fourteen. I am fascinated by the bell as a thing, I also like it as a musical instrument with one main and a number of aliquot tones. ” “Looking at Prague from the church towers is great, you will gain not only physically, but also an inner view of the daily gurgling,” smiles Boháč.
He also spoke in Vizitka about the benefits of stopping urban brownfields and the need to “replenish” the city from the inside, as it is more functional and cheaper in terms of city traffic, as well as the large bell project # 9801, so he wants to remember almost ten thousand bells with his friends. were removed from the protectorate bell towers during the Second World War and taken to Hamburg from a collection point in Prague’s Maniny by water. There the Nazis melted them down for war purposes.