Creativity from conflict: The paradox of Prague
Bennett, Laura Nichole
Paradoxes are contradictory phenomena that appear illogical. They juxtapose opposing forces together into a whole equation. The key to understanding how the polar extremes relate lies in the hidden linkage that binds them. One such paradox is creativity arising out of conflict. These seemingly incompatible frames of reference come together to create a strange situation common in nature. Psychologists have found that the contradiction even exists in some creative processes. The city of Prague provides a glimpse into this alien logic. Prague is a very complex and enigmatic city. She is a janus city, standing at the crossroads of Europe. She is a monster, the embodiment of paradoxes. The city mimics the paradoxical model of opposites bound together to form a complete equation. Not only is Prague a prime example of a paradox, she also exhibits creativity from conflict. Like this particular contradiction, Prague is unusual and difficult to comprehend. To unlock the key to Prague, the paradox of conflict and creativity must be answered. One strategy for understanding this dilemma resides in the city's architecture, both used and perceived. This field of knowledge encompasses all the other disciplines. Prague's architecture is both an enduring cultural and historical artifact which has been carefully preserved throughout the ages. The people of Prague have produced some extremely innovative works indigenous of her character. Among the best examples of this creativity are Gothic and Cubist styles of architecture. They testify to the peculiar nature of Prague and the paradox of conflict and creativity.