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2 Jul 2010 00:00 - 00:00

The Eye Over Prague & Jan Kaplický

The international premiere of a documentary dedicated to the late Czech architect Jan Kaplický, co-founder of London based internationally acclaimed practice Future Systems followed by a debate chaired by Deyan Sudjic, with Eva Jiřičná and other guests.

£8/£6 concessions

The event has been moved to larger venue.

Online booking has been closed, tickets will be available at the door.

You will need to register with RIBA if you have not done so already.


Watch the film trailer on You Tube:

The film featuring Brian Clarke, Eva Jiřičná, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Václav Havel and the team Future Systems tells the story of Kaplický's last grand design. The project for the National Library in Prague called the Eye over Prague is radical, exciting and far enough ahead of its time to provoke a fair degree of controversy. For Kaplický, a Czech-born émigré, it also represents a triumphant return to his homeland, a vindication of his uncompromisingly forward-looking philosophy and, eventually, a tragically poetic ending to his remarkable career. After winning the international competition chaired by Zaha Hadid, the popular and much supported design met opposition from the Czech government and the local administration and the fierce battle began.
(Olga Spátová, Czech Republic, 2010, 90').

A following debate, chaired by Deyan Sudjic with Eva Jiřičná and other guests will focus not only on Jan Kaplicky's work, but also on the process and struggles of architects to have their visionary and bold designs approved and built. 

Film website: www.okonadprahou.cz

Presented by the RIBA Trust (www.architecture.com) and Czech Centre London.

Organised in collaboration with Simply Cinema.

Part of the International Architecture Showcase organised by the British Council and The Architecture Foundation for the London Festival of Architecture 2010.




30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


2 Jul 2010 00:00 - 00:00


Czech Centre, RIBA Trust

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