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The Litomyšl Architectural Manual (LAM), supported by the Town Gallery in Litomyšl, is a Czech-English database for professionals and the public containing information concerning more than 100 significant architectural and artistic structures, artefacts, building complexes and modified public spaces undertaken in Litomyšl from 1900 to the present.

At the present time, the selected sites are linked together along the routes of five trails which, with the help of an interactive map, guide enthusiasts through the historic centre and adjoining quarters. These trails can be also undertaken, themed according to typology, period or designer.
The core of the database is made up of texts not merely describing the significance and architectonic or artistic concept of the selected sites, but also offering information concerning their history and the circumstances of their creation. Consequently, the texts tell the stories behind the lives and the work of the architects, design studios and artists, and ultimately show how, throughout an almost hundred-and-twenty-year period, the approach to integrating modern architecture into the fabric of the historical town as well as the restoration of significant local buildings has changed.

Archive photographs and building plans accompany the individual explanatory texts, and in the future, audio recordings will be added, as well as signposting for the public. In concept, this project is directly linked to the Brno Architecture Manual (BAM, and the Plzeň Architecture Manual (PAM, – both successful projects for the presentation and popularizing of architecture of the first half of the 20th century. However, contrary to its forerunners, LAM includes contemporary architecture within its trails, as its high quality has been long emphasized.
Information about the individual buildings can also be acquired through guided walks within the framework of the cycle Procházky (s) městem (Walks through (with) the town), and in the future by means of a printed guide-map.
We would like to systematically expand the live database, accessible to the public from 1st February 2018, with further circular trails as well as trips to nearby places. The first phase of the project, which finished on the 31st of December 2017, was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Litomyšl town council.

Project team
Project manager / Dana Schlaichertová
Project guarantor, author of concept / Anna Šubrtová 
Co-authors of concept / Lenka Backová, Dana Schlaichertová
Texts / Lenka Backová (LB), Karolina Jirkalová (KJ), Petr Kočí (PK), Eliška Koryntová (EK), Anna Šubrtová (AŠ), Zuzana Tomanová (ZT), Lucie Valdhansová (LV), Stanislav Vosyka (SV)
Photographs / Nikola Tláskalová
Graphic design / Bušek&Dienstbier
Database and website/ Via Aurea, s. r. o.
Research / Lenka Backová, Petr Kočí, Dana Schlaichertová, Anna Šubrtová, Zuzana Tomanová, Stanislav Vosyka
Reproduced photographs of sites / Tomáš Malý (01-133b, 01-134), Filip Šlapal (03-312)
Map bases / Google API
Lectures / Stanislav Vosyka
Proofreading / Stanislav Vosyka
English translation / Ivan Pachl 
Further cooperation / Lenka Backová, Tereza Jiroušková, Dita Leitnerová, Nikola Tláskalová, Pavel Waisser

Materials from collections and archives
Litomyšl Town Council – Building department, Svitavy State Archives – Litomyšl branch (SOkA Svitavy), Litomyšl Regional Museum, Litomyšl Town Gallery, Litomyšl Town Council – Department of Culture and Tourism, abArt, Digital Library – Kramerius web interface, Pardubice department of National Heritage Institute – Area Archive, ČVUT Archive in Prague, Ústí nad Labem Town Archive, Litoměřice Town Council, State Regional Archive in Zámrsk – State District Archive in Ústí nad Orlicí, Prague Polytechnic Surveying College, private archives and archives of cooperating architectural design studios.

Conceptual and procedural models
Brno Architectural Manual (BAM) /
Plzeň Architectural Manual (PAM) /

Implementation of project
Litomyšl Town Gallery

Many thanks to
Matěj Barla, Martin Boštík, Miroslav Brýdl, Eva Bulantová, Jan Červenka, Josef Filipi, Martina Flekačová Koukalová, Jiří Frajdl, Jan Gloser, Ivana Heiderová, Věra Hladíková, Lucie Horská, Petr Jandík, Dagmar Janková, Veronika Jičínská, Karel Kalousek, René Klimeš, Vladimíra Krejčová, Pavla Lněničková, Tomáš Lustyk, Jana Mansfeldová, Josef Motyčka, Šárka Mrázová, Josef Opatřil, Oldřich Pakosta, Terezie Petišková, Jiří Randák, Jan Rektořík, Vladislava Říhová, Pavel Sodomka, Vít Šmerha, Petr Šmolík, Rostislav Švácha, Lucie Valdhansová, Michal Vlach, Miluše Vopařilová, participating architectural design studio

Special thanks to
Litomyšl Town Mayor Radomil Kašpar for his personal support for the project 
Litomyšl Town Council
Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic
The Brno House of Arts
Owners, co-owners and caretakers of properties who gave their consent to the publication of archive material and subsequent documentation


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Copyright © The Brno House of Arts , Via Aurea s.r.o., Town Gallery Litomyšl
The texts and images accessible on the server are the subject of copyright laws. They have been provided by the owners and reproduced solely for LAM, therefore further reproduction is forbidden without prior written permission.