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Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | 12/10/2007

No octopus for Prague?

Plans for the construction of a futuristic national library on Letna Hill near Prague's historic old city centre are on the verge of collapse. The biomorphic design, referred to by the locals as the "octopus" or the "jellyfish", is too much for the conservative majority in the city parliament. Jan Kaplicky, the Czech-born, London-based project architect, voices his indignation in an interview with Martina Klapalova: "You have to reckon with problems with every project. But this is something different. This is a political battle. It reminds me of the burning of Jan Hus at the stake. It's a Czech speciality. Czech society only looks at itself and is unable to see beyond the Bohemian Forest on the country's border."

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