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2 Jun 2004 00:00 - 00:00

In From the Cold: Design Explosion in new Europe

A one-off public event which celebrates new design from the newly enlarged Europe. Renowned Czech architect, Eva Jiricna, will discuss her transition from an architecture student in Prague to working with founder of the cutting edge ‘Future Systems’ – Jan Kaplicky and how the changes in Europe have influenced her design choices.

Eva Jiricna said: “When communism fell in my country, there was no architectural scene to speak of, with the exception of students trying to imitate what little they could access about design in the ‘free world’. Since then, there has been tremendous progress and a change of direction in the Czech Republic, where architecture is once again becoming significant in the context of new developments in cities throughout Europe”.


Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell will open the discussion at the V&A. He said: “The 10 countries that have just formed part of the EU’s biggest ever expansion have seen a wave of architects making their mark on design in Britain, Europe and further afield. All around, from our museums and shopping centres to our universities and sports grounds, Central Europeans, often in partnership with British architects, are leading the way.


Buildings such as Selfridges in Birmingham by Czech architect Jan Kaplicky, the postgraduate centre at London’s Metropolitan University by Polish-born Daniel Liebskind (also responsible for the re-design of the New York World Trade Centre) and groundbreaking inventions such as light transmitting concrete by Hungarian architect Áron Losonczi are putting new European architects at the forefront of 21st Century design. I hope British designers can capitalise on this talent by sharing expertise and I welcome the recent government initiative to develop new architectural partnerships.”

For public booking details visit www.vam.ac.uk


30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


2 Jun 2004 00:00 - 00:00



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