Resilience on a regional and national scale
Rather than opting for the usual reactive flood-height-dependent protection, the proposal applies an anticipatory (flood) risk-based approach. Conceived by a cost-benefit analysis and multilayered strategy, the flood risk-based approach looks beyond the embankment itself, to the river basin level. Understanding the river as a system is key to choosing the best intervention that is most true to the river’s natural properties. By fully reconnecting the Vltava River with its floodplain, the project stays as close as possible to the natural morphology of Vltava while addressing the long-term flood protection goals.
Rohan and Libeň Island
The Rohan and Libeň Island constitute a vital transition zone between the Vltava River’s meandering course and Prague’s bustling city. This territory has undergone successive and profound transformations throughout history, shaping its identity in various ways. Today, it stands at the threshold of a fresh chapter, marked by a response to contemporary climate, ecology, society, and economic challenges during the XXIc era. This new evolutionary phase seeks to navigate the intricate intersection of natural dynamics and urban development as the islands adapt to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world.
Following over a year of the international competitive dialogue initiated by the City of Prague in conjunction with the Institute of Planning and Development (IPR Prague), LOLA Landscape Architects, in partnership with M2AU, de Architekten Cie, and Deltares, secured the second position in the competition. The team received high-scores in the criteria of the quality of the proposal and delivered a top-scoring proposal for the refinement and implementation process for the Rohan and Libeň Islands.