Václav Havel is a playwright and politician. He was President of the Czech Republic and is a co-founder of Forum 2000. This article is based on the speech he gave in 2009 at the Forum’s fourteenth annual conference, where the main topic was Architecture and Urbanism.
Years ago when I used to drive by car from Prague to our country cottage in Eastern Bohemia, the journey from the city centre to the sign that marked the city limits took about 15 minutes, after which came meadows, forests, fields and villages. These days the exact same journey takes a good 40 minutes or more, and actually, it is impossible to know whether I have left the city or not.