Ostrava Mayor Jan Dohnal, Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava Director Jan Zemla and Steven Holl presented together at EXPO REAL conference in Munich, October 4, 2023, introducing the Ostrava Concert Hall to an international network focused on architecture, real estate, and development.

“EXPO REAL is one of the world’s premier investment events, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from over 70 countries all around the world. This year, Ostrava will again participate as part of the “Czech Cities & Regions” exhibition, held jointly with Prague and the Moravian-Silesian Region. The city’s presentation will be uniquely attractive, featuring talks by the world-renowned architects Steven Holl and Eva Jiřičná.

Ostrava’s Mayor Jan Dohnal gave more details: ‘The city has participated in EXPO REAL every year since 2002, with the exception of a two-year gap caused by the recent pandemic. The original concept of individual city presentations has evolved into a more effective format, with cities and regions instead creating joint exhibitions. Ostrava places a strong emphasis on high-quality architecture and ambitious projects, and we are taking coordinated steps to ensure that the city’s future urban development meets excellent standards of quality and functionality. This year’s presentation will be unique thanks to the participation of two renowned architects – Eva Jiřičná and Steven Holl. Both of them are responsible for major new development projects in Ostrava. Steven Holl has designed the new concert hall and the reconstruction of the existing cultural centre, while Eva Jiřičná has been involved in the project to revitalize a high-rise block on Ostrčilova Street.'”

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Photo 1: Director Jan Zemla and Steven Holl presenting; photo 2: Mayor Jan Dohnal, Steven Holl, former Mayor Tomas Macura; photos © City of Ostrava