Situated in the heart of Europe, with architecturally strong neighbors Germany, Austria and recently fast growing Poland, still surrounded and enclosed by the border hills. Czech architecture has always been part of Europe, even in some periods it has suffered considerable political isolation. That is now radically changing with a new generation of internationally well networked architects and institutions, becoming an integral and vital part of the European and global debate on contemporary architecture and notably urban planning. Osamu Okamura explains how.