Sunshine Plaza (Slunecni namesti) in Prague was revitalized extensively since 2000 from a formerly large panel system-building (LPS) residential area. LPS, sometimes also called Plattenbau, is a housing constructed of prefabricated concrete slabs. Prefabrication allowed for lower-cost public housing, but residents resented it for its poor aesthetics.
After the collapse, this monotone but technology-loving design common in Eastern Bloc was gradually submerged into freer modern architecture. Inhabitants painted more upbeat colors on the dull facades lifting the gloom of the plain concrete. Advertisement posts of a variety of local enterprises went up.
The dominating spirit of achieving more with less using technology so far stayed in this europolis. You will see that for yourself during the tour around a magnetic resonance clinic south of the communal church center, a palm tree living inside of tiny glass bio-dome, telecommunication towers grabbing the rooftops like landed space ships, sub-way tube skylining over a pond, and a weird robotic art piece next to a automated wine bar.
Enjoy the journey documenting the current state of the synthesis of the stark with the liberated.
Hopefully, the current generation won’t allow the resource pie to stop growing by exploring, innovating, building, and enterprising. And thus, the next gallery will be from a new colony on Mars or an O’Neill cylinder in space.
PS: Does anything here remind you game The Longest Journey Dreamfall Chapters by any chance?
If you have a VR headset, try my VR180 channel “VR Holiday in Nature”.
(Note that this place was likely an inspiration for game The Longest Journey Dreamfall Chapters).