|Search of possible new
functions for a large complex of buildings of a former Jesuit college is very closely
related to the overall urbanistic and landscape composition / vision of Duke of
Vallenstein: City of Jicin as a new important political and cultural centre of the Czech
Kingdom. The college itself is hardly separable from its framing, composition of important
buildings and axis in the city and in the landscape respectively (college, castle, St.
James church, gates and fortification, lime-tree alley, barracks, loggia, Libosad
deer-field,cartusian monastery (state prison now) in Valdice, ponds, Cidlina river, hills
with baroque chapels, rocks and surrounding landscape. On the contrary, it gives us a
possibility to unite these elements and inspire it with a new meaning. Just to mantain the
historical forms, even so valuable, seems to be hardly affordable for the contemporary
owner - the municipality of Jicin. The original concept goes clearly far beyond the limits
of the city with its broadmindedness, scale and importance (also economics). This approach
should be the starting point for the thinking about the future of the complex in the
national scale, if not pan-european...
For more information see these pages (mostly in czech
only): life of the former jesuit
college in jicin, jesuit
college opened for the first time for public, "kolej v jednom kole"
polycultural festival, site-specific workshop
"town-landscape", jicin landscape,
public action planning for the
future of the jesuit college in jicin, phenomenological tour
of town of jicin etc. - project is in progress.