City as a Laboratory of Change; Construction, Historical Heritage and Place for Safe and Quality Life

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Strategie AV21
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Year of completion
Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR
Archeologický ústav AV ČR, Brno; Archeologický ústav AV ČR, Praha; Etnologický ústav AV ČR; Filozofický ústav AV ČR; Historický ústav AV ČR; Masarykův ústav a Archiv AV ČR; Sociologický ústav AV ČR; Ústav anorganické chemie AV ČR; Ústav dějin umění AV ČR; Ústav fyzikální chemie J. Heyrovského AV ČR; Ústav fyziky atmosféry AV ČR; Ústav informatiky AV ČR; Ústav jaderné fyziky AV ČR; Ústav pro českou literaturu AV ČR; Ústav pro hydrodynamiku AV ČR; Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR; Ústav přístrojové techniky AV ČR; Ústav struktury a mechaniky hornin AV ČR; Ústav teoretické a aplikované mechaniky AV ČR; Ústav teorie informace a automatizace AV ČR; Ústav výzkumu globální změny AV ČR

Cities surround majority of the world´s population today. They dominate the world both in terms of economy and consumption of natural resources. Cities are also the heart of political decision-making and activism, and the place where technological innovations are applied. Safe and quality life is determined by circumstances and long-term sustainability of constructions, along with the current and future man-made environment. The programme therefore focuses on residential aspects of human existence, considering technical, cultural and social aspects.

Part One explores city as the environment that lends an opportunity to observe and study the city as the fundamental challenge and threat for the future, and to explore its roots and history of transformation of man-made territory. This “laboratory of change” enables to study a city as dynamic space of migration, changing borders and communication networks, as an intellectual and political project, as the bastion of power, as well as mental and cultural space and, ultimately, the environment for urban life.

Part Two approaches human residence from a different perspective. It takes construction and architecture as the central attributes of human conduct and life. From the outset, construction and architecture have been factors that contribute to the creation of human ecosystem. They determine its protection and change, and generate inimitable cultural and historical intervention. Study of material, constructions and technologies is among the most dynamic disciplines of the day. The programme aims to bring together individual institutes. Based on diagnostics, monitoring and modelling it endeavours to develop new methods and processes for new constructions, and for the conservation and restoration of historical heritage.

The common denominator in both Parts is an interest in the perspective of human residential sites vis-à-vis climatic challenges in terms of social and historically created structures, and in terms of technical parameters and resistance of the constructions. The output of the project that bridges technical, natural and social sciences shall be a research that exceeds mental horizons of individual disciplines, and presents findings for the public, and applicable commercially and in public decision-making.


  • Interdisciplinary study of cities and their social, cultural and ecological transformation and challenges.
  • Development of innovative diagnostic methods of material and of construction lifespan.
  • Establishment of a national hub of European infrastructure for research and protection of cultural heritage.
  • Application of Medipix CERN technology in diagnostics of heritage objects and art pieces.
  • Foundation of a joint institute dedicated to urban studies within the Academy of Science and university sector.