Symbol and machine
Dialogue between architect Mirko Baum and architecture historian Lukáš Beran. The lecture called Symbol and Machine will focus on the fantastic dimension in the architecture of revolutionary changes.
Mirko Baum is an architect and professor focusing on technical constructions and structures. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague, he became a member of the group SIAL (Association of Engineers and Architects of Liberec). In the mid 70s, he began his architectural practice abroad, including collaborating with architect Josef P. Kleihues. For twenty years he worked as a professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University of Aachen, for which he built a student studio building (1998–2002). In 2007, he published a book of essays on construction and theory of form, entitled Streets at the End of the World. In the same year, he founded together with David Baroš the studio baum & baroš ARCHITECTS. Their Czech realizations are the footbridge over Orlice in Hradec Králové and Comenius Bridge in Jaroměř.
Lukáš Beran is an architectural historian and pedagogue at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague. He has been working for the local Industrial Heritage Research Center since 2005. His work is focused at the industrial architecture, as well on the architecture of the second half of the twentieth century.