New CAMP exhibition draws attention to importance of “living better with nature”

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A new exhibition titled ‘Planet Prague’ opens on Wednesday at the Centre for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning in Prague. The installation aims to tell the story of the city’s wildlife through an interactive lens, and was put together with the help of botany and biology experts. I spoke with CAMP’s Štěpán Bärtl to learn more about what visitors can expect.

“Planet Prague is a brand new exhibition where we look at the city, architecture, and urbanism from the perspective of plants and animals. It’s a bit different than what we usually do, but it’s very relevant. How we co-exist with nature is more relevant now than ever. There’s so much to do at this exhibit, there’s a virtual reality, and interactive screens. One other thing that I’m really excited about is that we’ve started an open air experiment. Today, on the first day of spring, we’re going to start leaving our atrium open for the next six months and let nature run wild. We will see how it changes over the course of the exhibition, and it’s going to become its own little urban jungle.”

When I was reading about the exhibition I noticed there’s a lot of experts involved – scientists, biologists and so on. Can you tell me about the team behind the exhibition?

“The source material of the exhibition is a book and film called Planet Prague, and it was put together by a team of botanists, biologists, and entomologists who have spent their lives walking around Prague and monitoring urban nature. One of our main protagonists in the exhibition is Jan Albert Šturma. He spends a lot of time in shrubberies and different bushes over the weekend and monitors nature, so he was a big part of it.”

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Author: Amelia Mola-Schmidt