Winter School 2017:
Refurbishment and Revitalization of the Listed Buildings of the Former Townhouse and Granary
As part of a pilot project, the International Winter School in Telč took place from the week of February 13th to 18th, 2017. Scola Telcz is a joint project of three universities - the Danube University Krems (DUK), the Masaryk University in Brno (MUNI) and the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) -, the National Monument Institute in Telč (NPU) and the Center of Excellence Telč (CET) of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
The content of the winter school included the development of concept studies for the renovation and revitalization of listed buildings No. 70 (former townhouse) and No. 71 (former stately granary) at the central Zacharias-von-Neuhaus-Platz. The students were given the task of developing conceptual solutions that correspond to the needs and space requirements of the city library as well as the art school. The Winter School was attended by students from the Department of Construction and the Environment of DUK, the Institute of Art History and Art of the Faculty of Education of MUNI, and students of architecture and civil engineering from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of CTU, which formed interdisciplinary work groups. The group work, based on interdisciplinary discussions in English, embodied the core program. Thematic lectures and excursions at the beginning and during group work supplemented the program. On the first day, the students thoroughly familiarized themselves with the historical and spatial context as well as with the objects themselves.
The group work of the students consisted of structural and historical analyzes of the buildings and the surrounding areas, the development of a concept of use as well as an architectural concept of new buildings and adaptive measures on the historic buildings. At the same time, complexity-increasing topics such as applicable construction laws, barrier-free access, fire protection or energy efficiency were not avoided. At the final presentation of the concept proposals, which were held in public, the students were able to demonstrate their presentation skills.
Jana Hořická, Iva Dvořáková