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Maria Topolčanská

Fake Cities True Stories

http://f-cts.com

Brezinova 11, Prague 8, Czech Republic
Maria Topolčanská is an architect and critic based in Prague. She is founder of Fake Cities True Stories, a platform for education in architecture. She researches and lectures on parallel realities in East-Central European urbanity. Her works include writing, co-editing (Bratislava: Atlas of Mass Housing, 2012) chief-editing a fakezine and curating series of discursive public projects (Visiting Editors, Prague 2016).

Housing-gap City


The Politics of Dwelling

Housing-gap City


The Politics of Dwelling
A research on the political disinterest in housing, the dreams of architects and the reality of city

Housing-gap City is a position and a critical tool for framing urban discourses on the politics of dwelling in East Central European cities like Prague.
The research project is an attempt to investigate and imagine a possibility of political and legal turn in how an absent structural system of affordable housing as a public interest can predict the future conditions for architecture and urbanity in Prague.
It reflects the consequences of non-politics of dwelling in post-state-socialist city under contemporary legal gaps along with gaps opening ever more between production and incomes or between price and standard of new entirely private market-generated housing construction. It is a comparative research that addresses the political and legal mechanisms behind forms of large-scale housing projects in European cities where affordable (social, municipal) housing is a standard tool for planning a city.


A research in territories of unbuilt affordable/communal/municipal/hybrid housing. A call for new politics and architecture of dwelling. Housing as a concern in urban discourse on Prague - a territory of rampant urban expansion on privatised land, of vague legal and political discourses on urban development. (photos by Michal Kuzemenský)

Housing-gap City


The Politics of Dwelling

Housing-gap City


The Politics of Dwelling
A research on the political disinterest in housing, the dreams of architects and the reality of city

Housing-gap City is a position and a critical tool for framing urban discourses on the politics of dwelling in East Central European cities like Prague.
The research project is an attempt to investigate and imagine a possibility of political and legal turn in how an absent structural system of affordable housing as a public interest can predict the future conditions for architecture and urbanity in Prague.
It reflects the consequences of non-politics of dwelling in post-state-socialist city under contemporary legal gaps along with gaps opening ever more between production and incomes or between price and standard of new entirely private market-generated housing construction. It is a comparative research that addresses the political and legal mechanisms behind forms of large-scale housing projects in European cities where affordable (social, municipal) housing is a standard tool for planning a city.


A research in territories of unbuilt affordable/communal/municipal/hybrid housing. A call for new politics and architecture of dwelling. Housing as a concern in urban discourse on Prague - a territory of rampant urban expansion on privatised land, of vague legal and political discourses on urban development. (photos by Michal Kuzemenský)


Idea by

Maria Topolčanská
Fake Cities True Stories
Brezinova 11
Prague 8
Czech Republic
Maria Topolčanská is an architect and critic based in Prague. She is founder of Fake Cities True Stories, a platform for education in architecture. She researches and lectures on parallel realities in East-Central European urbanity. Her works include writing, co-editing (Bratislava: Atlas of Mass Housing, 2012) chief-editing a fakezine and curating series of discursive public projects (Visiting Editors, Prague 2016).