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One Endangered Station, Railway Heritage, and Unsustainability of Demolitions
Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Railway buildings are an important part of industrial heritage. As technological and industrial landmarks, they have long been systematically mapped and the professional public recognises their urban, architectural and preservation value. In addition to exemplary repairs and conversions, demolitions of historic buildings, including station buildings, have been getting a great deal of coverage. The demolition of the original Nymburk Central Station is also under consideration. A town whose appearance and importance were fundamentally transformed by the arrival of the railway, this smaller agricultural town became one of the industrial centres of the Middle Elbe Region. The paper presents the current situation in Nymburk and focuses on arguments for the preservation of the station building, issues surrounding its possible new use, the role of the professional public in promoting the protection of listed heritage and the possibilities for using research findings in design.