The PragueGnosticator: Cesky Krumlov

Students at the Prague Institute descended on Cesky Krumlov, or the Crooked Meadow for a weekend of exploration and discovery.  Here is an excerpt from  Shoshanna’s excellent account…

The streets are mostly cobblestones, and many are sunken at both edges.  I dont knowwhether this is a design to shed water or the result of years and years of wheeled vehicles.  The cobblestones are very practical for a snowy, hilly area, as the edges stick up and provide traction.Medieval towns were built bit by bit at need, rather than from a grand plan.  As a result, buildings intersect at any angle, streets curve here and there, walls are often curved or buckled, and there were definitely no homeowners associations dictating the styles of things.  Still, the sense of being in a friendly place in the streets, buildings, and even little narrow alleys was immense.  My theory is that when people build things by hand that will take a long time to finish, and they know that they will be living daily with their creation since they wont be jetting off in their cars to someplace else, they have both the time and the desire to feel what a space is like as it is being built, and if it is not a pleasant space to be in, they adjust their building so that the space becomes pleasant.  I think that in modern times we treat some areas say, strip malls as “throw-away places,” because we only have to visit them for a short time,and then we can leave.  Why make a good place when it only has to function on a low level?

via travellingmla – The PragueGnosticator: Cesky Krumlov.