This year’s conference will be large. Not just in size, but also in breadth of content. We have added a new Creative Stage.
In the Guide to TechoCon series we will present the latest news and planned content for this year’s conference. Over half a year of intensive work is behind us and we already know what the programme will look like: we invited dozens of specialists and architects.
From previous years of TechCon and the huge attendance (yes, there were around five hundred of us in the TECHO showroom!), and from the guest list we know the diverse backgrounds of those who attended. Some of you devise concepts whilst others are involved in specific offices and interiors. Some of the audience were architects, others facility managers or people connected with building operation. We at TECHO also have our own area of focus. This was the main reason for adding the Creative Stage to the programme.
We have invited the best Czech architects to this stage and given them eight minutes! Yes, it will be a kind of architecture hit parade in which, however, we will not be looking for a winner. We will present the most interesting projects, offices and solutions drafted by Czech architects and firms. For this “rapid-fire” format our brief is: one project / one problem / one solution… We said: “Show us what you are able to take on. What left you at the end of your strength, and what felt like a great success to you. Give our audience the best that you have designed in recent years. Tell us about your victories, or defeats.” This is what the Creative Stage will be about.
At TechoCon we are not the jury of a talent competition, but we demonstrate and pass on know-how from practice. We therefore approached, and our invitations were accepted by the crème de la crème: Roman Vrtiška & Vladimír Žák (Vrtiska Zak design studio), Martin Krupauer (ATELIER 8000), Ondřej Chybík (CHYBIK+KRISTOF ARCHITECTS & URBAN DESIGNERS), Zdeněk Fránek (Fránek architects), Jan Aulík (Aulík Fišer Architekti), Petr Matyáš (di5), Eva Le Peutrec, Gideon Vandenburg (Leesman), Radovan Mačák (Prague Design Hub), Kai Stania (RIM) and Jakub Klaška (Zaha Hadid Architects).
An international perspective and projects alternate with local projects, and above all we want to showcase the creativity of the Czech architectural scene, and the European one, as today a division between local and international is losing meaning. Many foreign architectural studios have offices in the Czech Republic whilst on the other hand Czech architects are able to succeed in the best international firms.
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