November 23, 2023 Openly about Prague: Densification of existing buildings (in Czech)

A debate by a non-profit organization Open House Prague from the cycle "Openly about Prague", which was devoted to the topic of densification of the city. Urban growth cannot be achieved without new construction. On the map of Prague, there are places that are already almost built up, and in which it is possible to build anything new only with great difficulty. New buildings are growing in the historic part of the city, which are causing great controversy. To what extent do such projects respect the interests of those who live in the given locality? And how do old-timers feel about new construction in their neighborhood? These are just some of the questions that were raised in the panel debate on the topic of densification of existing buildings in the premises of the Unijazz Reading Room. Participants: Ing. arch. Jaromír Hainc, Ph.D. – City Development Section of IPR Prague, Mgr. Michal Lehečka, Ph.D. – social anthropologist and Ing. arch. Pavel Hnilička – architect, urban planner.


September 14, 2023

CR Vltava: The road to the HolKa footbridge between Karlín and Holešovice was long. Why did it take more than 20 years? (in Czech)

Saša Michailidis asks the director of the Institute of Planning and Development of the capital city Ondřej Boháč and architect and urban planner Pavel Hnilička. HolKa, a footbridge that connects Karlín with Holešovice and the island of Štvanice for pedestrians and cyclists, has been operating in Prague since the end of July. But why did this three-hundred-metre-long bridge had to wait over twenty years when the construction itself took two years? To what extent does the complicated permitting process make things difficult for Czech cities? How can this be changed?


May 12, 2023

Voxpot: Billionaire developers, underfunded municipalities (in Czech)

Many municipalities, but with just a few officials, weak coordination of public administration, but strong developers. It is precisely because of this mix that satellite neighborhoods without schools and other facilities are growing up around large metropolises, the maintenance of which will be expensive for several generations to come. In the series called "Billionaire developers, underfunded municipalities", the situation is being discussed with urban planner Pavel Hnilička.


February 12, 2023

E15: No reason to envy Bratislava. The construction of its glass tower blocks overtook meaningful planning (in Czech)

The capital of Slovakia has been changing literally before our eyes in recent years and is growing to dizzying heights. At the same time, Prague seems to be stubbornly opposing high-rise buildings. Is the Czech capital not bold enough or has Bratislava only become a victim of an uncoordinated "boom"? This is what the E15 newspaper asked (not only) architect Pavel Hnilička.


January 11, 2023

ARCHIZOOM: There should be no waste when it comes to urbanism and town planning (in Czech)

What is so unique about the award-winning Student House in Prague's Holešovice and why has it become such a cosmopolitan place? How does he perceive responsibility for large-scale urban projects or how does he adapt his current designs to new technologies? You will learn all this and much more in an interview with architect Pavlel Hnilička for the ARCHIZOOM portal.


October 18, 2022

CZECHCRUNCH: Holešovice used to look like after bombing (available in Czech)

In the "Město" podcast, you can listen to an interview with Pavel Hnilička, the author of the award-winning student dormitory building in Prague's Holešovice. He speaks about the location, the building itself, but also about the new design of one of the most important squares in České Budějovice, which came out of the winning proposal of the PHAP studio.


February 7, 2022

Forbes: We have not yet learned to suppress our ego during construction, says architect and urban planner Pavel Hnilička (available in Czech)

Architect and urban planner Pavel Hnilička talks about the construction situation in Prague, an inspiration of Copenhagen and what the new building law will or will not mean for the field.


November 1, 2021

E15: It used to be ordered where the streets and houses would be. Today, the city is just watching, says urban planner Pavel Hnilička (available in Czech)

„We lack a functional planning system. When I plan to build on a large area, I have to think about urban planning in advance, and not to wait where the streets and squares will apprear” says architect Pavel Hnilička in an interview for E15 daily.


October 2, 2021

ČT24: There is a lack of courage and tolerance for bolder buildings in the Czech Republic, say architects Jiřičná and Hnilička (available in Czech)

The Architecture Day festival has started in dozens of places in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czechs are starting to take an interest in modern architecture, but there is still a lack of courage to build non-traditional buildings, believes the architect and urban planner Pavel Hnilička. Architect Eva Jiřičná is again convinced that tolerance has not yet penetrated into domestic society and, above all, into the authorities, which makes it possible to build bold architectural works.


July 13, 2021

CAMP: One scale higher. A house should not stand with its back to the street, says architect and urban planner Pavel Hnilička (available in Czech)

Architecture is often talked about. Not so much urbanism. At the same time, we all agree that it is necessary. Reasonable planning is the basis. Why is it better when a house is not a solitaire, but a part of the city? An interview with architect and urban planner Pavel Hnilička is answering this and many other interesting questions.


May 1, 2021

E15: Architect and urban planner Pavel Hnilička: People will not leave the city. They are drawn there by social closeness (available in Czech)

Have attractive new neighborhoods only been emerging abroad so far? Was Charles IV the best Czech "developer"? How big of a challenge it is to design a brand new town? You will learn this and much more in an extensive interview with architect Pavel Hnilička, which you can read in the May issue of Deník E15


September 23, 2019

Czech Radio: Prague does not need another isolated island (available in Czech)

Is Prague´s Letňany the place to build a government district project according to Prime Minister Babiš's wishes? Here is Pavel Hnilička´s opinion.


September 12, 2018

Czech Radio: Vision of the construction of Czech cities (available in Czech)

According to what visions are Czech cities built? And how does population density affect the city's economy? Interview on the book Density and Economy of Cities with David Šťáhlavský for Czech Radio Plus


March 4, 2015

Radio Wave: Demolition with architect Pavel Hnilička on Prague building regulations (available in Czech)

The guest of the 158th epizode is architect Pavel Hnilička. He was a guest of Bourání five years ago, when we talked about his studies, publishing activities and, above all, his own architectural practice. This time the reason for our conversation was different.


September 30, 2014

Radiožurnál: New Prague Building Regulations (available in Czech)

Will there be skyscrapers in the center of Prague and are the new regulations helping developers? The guest of Twenty Minutes of Radiožurnál is the guarantor of the Prague building regulations and the 1st Vice-Chairman of the Czech Chamber of Architects Pavel Hnilička.


September 1, 2014

Czech Radio Plus: Urban Sprawl (available in Czech)

On the outskirts of cities we find both rich suburbs and rather cut-off, sometimes even segregated neighborhoods, where people go at best only to sleep. Interview of Daniela Vrbová with architect Pavel Hnilička


August 9, 2014

Trend: Suburbs? People have recovered late (available in Slovak)

The landscape around today's cities is gradually and uncompromisingly flooded with a kind of sparse soup of suburban buildings. Boring gray areas without life are increasing, which are neither a town nor a country nor a village, writes the Czech architect and urban planner Pavel Hnilička in the book Sídelní kaše (Urban Sprawl).


September 22, 2009

Radio Wave: Demolition with Pavel Hnilička (available in Czech)

In the 31st epizode of Demolition (Bourání), the architect Pavel Hnilička, the co-owner of the hcA office - or Hnilička & Císler architects - performed. We talked about his studies at ETH Zurich, the architect Dietmar Eberle and their subsequent collaboration.


April 27, 2009

MF DNES: People will start returning to cities from suburbs, says the architect (available in Czech)

"The generation that is now growing up in the suburbs will want to move back to the cities," says architect Pavel Hnilička. The growing population of suburban areas was a topic in his publication Sídelní kaše (Urban Sprawl) where he points out the natural way of development, which does not bring any quality conditions for life.


September 18, 2008

HN: My table, my castle: Why not ?! (available in Czech)

We spend most of our productive lives working (we sleep the next big part), so we were interested in how people adapt their workspace and how work shapes their personality. Nowhere else are these processes reflected better than on the desktop. We therefore went to see the successful young architect Pavel Hnilička and checked his workplace.


August 30, 2008

Bydlení iDNES: Cities should be thickened, says the author of the terrace house (available in Czech)

Architect Pavel Hnilička is known for his criticism of the expansion of cities into the landscape. He summarized his views in a book called Sídelní kaše (Urban sprawl). "If one had to choose the motto of today, it is the thickening and mixing of functions. That should be the case today," he thinks of building in cities.


March 3, 2008

Radio Prague International: Pavel Hnilička – on urban sprawl in the Czech Republic (available in English)

“Urban sprawl has just started in our country, it of course does not have such a scale as in the US, this is something that can’t really be compared. But we can see some similarities"