The Architecture of Logistics in Central and Eastern Europe

Author: Laura Nadvornik

The publication STEEL CITIES sheds light on the fast-growing logistics industry in Central and Eastern Europe and its hugely problematic effects on the built environment, landscapes, societies, and individuals in the region.

In the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, a certain type of industry has rapidly developed—an industry that produces nothing. Storing, packaging, classifying, assembling, and other ancillary processes of manufacturing and distribution are carried out 24/7 in extensive logistics parks. Their vast sites, often brightly lit during night hours, have doubled in terms of area covered every four years during the past two decades. These Steel Cities, as some locals have termed them, occupy increasing amounts of what has been fertile farmland, deeply affect the lives of local residents, and create entirely new relationships.

This new book investigates the Steel Cities’ impact on landscape and society from various perspectives. It reveals the architectural and spatial, economic, social, and environmental ramifications of the logistics system in this region and elsewhere. It examines these logistics centers on three scales: as an architectonic-landscape entity the size of a small town, as a network that reshapes the map of Europe so to define its own territoriality, and as part of the everyday life of the workers inside and the residents around them.

With contributions by Rutvica Andrijasevic, Kateřina Frejlachova, Adrian Hyrsz, Tomaš Khel, Bob Kuřik, Jesse LeCavalier, Lukaš Likavčan, Petr Mezihorak, Victor Munoz Sanz, Tonia Novitz, Miroslav Pazdera, Tadeaš Řiha, Hannah Schling, Pavel Suchan, Daniel Šitera, Martin Špičak, Philip Ursprung, Ina Valkanova, and Jan Vopravil.

About the Editors:
Kateřina Frejlachová is an architect working with Prague-based firm MCA Atelier. Miroslav Pazdera is an architect working as a research assistant at Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture in Prague and with Bernd Schmutz Architekten in Berlin. Tadeáš Říha is an architect and writer currently working with 6a architects in London. Martin Špičák is an architect and co-founder of collective. He works at the city of Prague’s department of urban planning.


Edited by: Kateřina Frejlachová, Miroslav Pazdera, Tadeáš Říha, and Martin Špičák
Publisher: Park Books
In cooperation with VI PER Gallery, Prague

Release: 1st edition, 2020
Language: English and Czech
Production/Finishing: Paperback
Volume: 364 pages, 102 color and 7 b/w illustrations and graphics
Format: 17 × 23 cm
ISBN: 978-3-03860-189-0
Price: € 29.00

Credits in order of appearance: Cover Picture Steel city at night, North West Bohemia, 2019 © Studio Flusser; Léon Benett, original Illustration from the first edition of Jules Vernes Les cinq cents millions de la Bégum (The Begum’s Fortune, 1879) © Author’s archive; A single bedroom of a dormitory in West Bohemia, located directly in a logistics park © Martin Špičák, 2018; “Warehouse industry,” interior of Tchibo warehouse, West Bohemia. © Miroslav Pazdera, 2019; Construction of a new shed in CTPark Bor © Miroslav Pazdera, 2018; Light pollution from a logistics centre, North West Bohemia © Studio Flusser; Trucks seen from logistics shed construction site, North West Bohemia, 2019 © Studio Flusser; Warehouse worker, Thermo Cities, 2019 © Jan Kolský; Worker among storage shelves, 2019 © Jan Kolský


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