Comprehensive Guide to the Baba Housing Estate is Out

In 2013, the FOIBOS publishing house cooperated with the Prague 6 City District in publishing Great Villas of the Prague 6 Baba Housing Estate 1932-1936,

dedicated to an important interwar activity of the Association of the Czechoslovak Werkbund, the exhibition and realisation of the Baba Housing Estate in Prague, which ranked among the greatest achievements of modern functionalist architecture in the Czechoslovakia of that time. The publication represents a further contribution to the historiography of this extraordinarily fertile period of Czechoslovak architecture in an international context. It carefully documents the preparatory phase, urbanistic context, and foreign relations, as well as the Association of the Czechoslovak Werkbund and its essential role in modern Czech architecture. The book concerns itself in more detail particularly with the role of the owners of the buildings and their life stories linked to the exhibition of the housing estate in 1932 that was implemented and its subsequent completion. It also contains a quantity of new and hitherto unpublished archival material. The authors are Vladimír Šlapeta and Petr Urlich, both professors of the history of modern architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Brno University of Technology and J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem; the third author of the book is the talented young historian Alena Křížková.

The book was published in Czech, English, and German.