A Lot With Little

From Locally Responsible to Globally Sustainable
Vyšehradská 51, Praha 2, Emmaus Monastery, Prag Map
Tue-Sun 9 am-9 pm

The responsibility of architects has never been as crucial as it is today. We are facing a climate crisis, natural disasters and unpredictable events. Almost 40% of global carbon emissions are caused by the construction industry. We have a limited amount of time, money and resources. It is therefore necessary to find new and sustainable ways of creating architecture that reflects the needs of society, uses available materials and responds to the local community, economy and environment. Architecture that is ethical, responsible and mindful of our future.

A Lot with Little showcases the work of international architects from the global North and South who are working on sustainable solutions in housing, education, building transformation, and natural and other disaster relief. It offers projects with a social dimension that have a positive impact not only on the environment, but also on the local community. The architects whose work is exhibited here use participation in their work and are not afraid of bold but affordable solutions. They balance the lack of financial resources with their creativity.

The range of projects is remarkably diverse. Social housing in the suburbs of Barcelona, rural schools in the Peruvian Amazon, a children's rehabilitation center in Asuncion, Paraguay, emergency housing for Bangladeshi landless people created during the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the architecture school in Nantes by Pritzker Prize laureates Lacaton & Vassal, or the technology campus on the shore of Lake Turkana in Kenya by Kéré Architecture. The individual projects are observed by the audience through a multi-channel film installation. Film footage capturing implementations in normal operation is accompanied by interviews with the architects themselves.

The wide-angle projection invites you on an extraordinary journey around a diverse, complex world. Visitors navigate through different geographical, cultural, social and economic contexts and discover the problems facing contemporary architecture. London-based architect Noemí Blager is the curator and producer of the international traveling exhibition. The filmmaker, Tapio Snellman, is a London-based film director and artist predominantly engaged in architectural and urban themes. The foreign projects are also complemented in the form of an accompanying catalog by Czech implementations which bring innovative, clever and cost-effective solutions in the four selected categories – housing, education, transformation and emergency architecture.