the city Most / the most city !
diploma project / supervision Jan Šépka
The old precious city Most had been destroyed for coal-mining purposes in 1973 and the newly risen city does not carry much of a link to the old one. The nowadays Most is basically comprised of one main boulevard on which the surrounding city is strung like beads on a chain.
The area by the train station can be seen as one of the most disturbed parts of the city, due to its slushiness and vagueness. Due to several shopping malls which offer just what the people want, the area‘s prosperity is paradoxically high and the place counts among one of the most teeming in the city. The atmosphere here is interesting; a bit of a periphery (parking-lots, shopping malls), a bit of a scheme (nine-story panel structures), a bit of a typical sports area (a second-league stadium and a playing ground) everything glued together with streets and green. This bizarre mixture of functions along with a nearby church and the remnants of an old Most conjure up the feeling of an unused opportunity. The Hybrid will be resurrected.
Today‘s Most does not need to expand further, even for the cost of never reaching the newly created lake. It needs to grow dense from within, and to do so on its own. The goal does not lie in competing with the current state of the centre, which more or less prospers well, but rather to support it and bring into Most the missing urban attributes.
A city within the city Most. Merging of a new structure into the present one. A search for a current concentrated urban structure. A fight with slushiness and a reaction against the generally bad state of living.
The city Most. The current state + the newly created lake.
Cocept: A city within the city. Densifying of the current structures. The ingrowth of the city, rather than an expansion into the landscape.
Existing buildings (in red) do not get destroyed, but merge into the new city. Old buildings get assimilated and help to define the new structure.
The goal is to help the city (where the ruling principle is unattainment, sameness, anonymity) by breathing new values into the area (diversity, intensity, neighbourness). Giving the incentive for thought about the general attitude toward similar non-urban areas.