Libeň is changing in front of our very eyes, growing like organic matter composed of many diverse elements. The landscape – wild, smooth, industrial or inhabited, together creating an autonomous and fragmented whole that is part of the urban ecosystem. At the same time, this fragile ecosystem (and the agents that partake in creating it) is constantly developing. The wilderness becomes cultivated land, which then makes way for apartment buildings, factories and office buildings, returning once again to wilderness. Elements escape organic matter, others break in. Vineyards become factories and factories become offices. The pressure of architectural visions and political plans is transforming Libeň as a whole, but what is the situation among the various small and larger elements that are found in this organic matter? At Palmovka metro station, the new headquarters of Metrostav (the largest Czech construction company) towers opposite the former Jewish quarter. On the hills surrounding Libeň, garden colonies are being developed on the ruins of 1930s emergency housing developments. We would like to grasp this unrelenting process and examine the relationships between the individual elements of this disparate system. Can we find any connections? How does the population adapt to newly opened cafes and galleries? How does the cafe and gallery adapt to its surroundings? Our analysis makes use of both scientific and artistic imagination, arriving at unsuspected connections. We thus become another part of the continually denser network of relationships in the urban ecosystem, searching for our place and the part that befits us through interdisciplinary dialog.
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