Healthy Cities – Happy Cities

World Architecture Day in the Architects’ House 2014 The first Monday of October is traditionally about architecture all over the world. The UIA, as the international association of architects scheduled the world day of the profession for this day. The Association of Hungarian Architects has organised a variety of programmes for this year on the […]

Succisa virescit

The Manor of the Abbey and its Visitors’ Center, Pannonhalma Architects: Tamás Czigány, Róbert Papp Text: Dominika Vámos Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Built in the mid-18th century under the personal supervision of Benedek Sajghó Arch-Abbot who had been legendarily strict, the manor evolved into the economic centre of the former „sustainable” abbey. Thanks to him, the […]

From Forms to Materials and Back

Archbishop Vineyards, Almagyar – Wine Terrace and Vine Spa, Eger Architects: Péter Gereben, Balázs Marián Text: Levente Szabó Photos: Zsolt Frikker The annual architectural survey of Hungarian winery at the turn of the millennium and in the 2000s gave us the impression that every possible aspect and architectural concept has already been applied and tried […]

In Memory of the Master

Day Nursery, Csillaghegy Architect: Ágnes Kravár Text: Miklós Sulyok Photos: Tibor Zsitva „Variations of a Motif by Makovecz”, might as well have been a fitting title for my short article, as the new day nursery in Csillaghegy is a modified version of the one in Búza Street, Makó designed by Imre Makovecz regarding both its […]

The Art of Dancing in Hamstrings

Váci Greens Office Block, Budapest, Váci Street Archtiects: János Tiba, Zoltán Király Text:Mária Tatai Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Built on the site of the former Elzett factory, this complex was designed to consist of five buildings in an integral investment project with a well-reasoned scheme. Partly because of the previous development, a street grid along a […]

Ödön Lechner Centenary 2014

Ödön Lechner Centenary 2014 Text: György Szegő Ödön Lechner died 100 ago, in the summer of 1914. Although centennial celebrations are supposed to be associated with births, we guess it is quite in style to remember such a significant anniversary of someone’s death as the evaluation of Art Nouveau (Secession) and thus that of „the […]

Teaching While Building

Applying a comunity-based design method systematically during investment processes Text: János Vági Changes affecting our economic environment entail a natural transformation of architectural thinking, including its focus and in many cases its directions. The consequences of this are already evident in architectural design, in architectural theory, education and training, the approach acquired by researchers, as […]

Time Travel

The History of Newly Modern Hungarian Architecture Text: Mariann Simon, Dániel Laczó Photo: Dániel Laczó In the latter half of the 1990s, after the consolidation of the majority of realignments following the change of the political system and the nadir of the economic shock in its wake, Hungarian architects discovered modern architecture for themselves. Public […]

Housing Estate Destiny 3

Seeking Ways and Means in the 21st Century Žirmuna Housing Estate, Vilnius, Lithuania 1962–1969 Text: Melinda Benkő In the 2014/2 issue of MÉ we started a series of articles on prefab housing estates in Europe that were professionally acknowledged at the time of their construction. Following examples in Grenoble and Magdeburg, the third article is […]

Technocrat Landscape Design

The Challenges of a Metabolic City Architectural Biennale, Rotterdam, May 29th–August 24th, 2014 Text: Levente Polyák The basic concept of the International Architecture Biennale of Rotterdam (IABR) is that the environmental issues of the whole world are condensed in cities – thus their solutions must also be found there. It means that energetical transitions, climatic […]

Gaudí. Architecture Ahead of its Time

An exhibition coordinated by the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona Az Wien, 2 October – 2 November 2014 The work of Antoni Gaudí is widely known by the general public and acclaimed and esteemed by the international expert world. UNESCO has declared many of his buildings part of the world cultural heritage. However, the […]

Line and Shape

100 Master Drawings from the Leopold Collection Leopold Museum, Vienna, 23rd of May to 20th of October 2014 The collection of the Leopold Museum Private Foundation comprises approximately 5.400 works. 3.400 of these are works on paper, predominantly watercolors and drawings. Already in 2010 the Leopold Museum showed a representative selection of the Leopold Collection’s […]