East, West

Spaces of Intensity. 3h architects, Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel Text: Eszter Götz At the end of 2020, a volume on the work of the 3h architectural firm was published by the Swiss publisher Birkhauser. The previous sentence seems self-evident, although it is quite an exceptional thing, as the works of contemporary Hungarian architects have not aroused […]

The architect of the Hungarian Jewish emancipation

Ágnes Ivett Oszkó: Lipót Baumhorn. Holnap Kiadó, 2020 Text: Rudolf Klein This work by Ágnes Oszkó was published by Holnap Kiadó in the series titled the Masters of Architecture, one of the most detailed and comprehensive series of specialist books not only in Hungary, but also in the wider region. In the year 2020 the […]

On the Duties of Thinking and the Necessity to Act

András Lányi: Introduction to Eco-Philosophy for Beginner Advanced Students Text: Zsuzsa Schäffer This book written by András Lányi is a comprehensive survey of the entire system of ecological thinking in four chapters based on various associated topics. The first part gives an ecological criticism of modern industrial society, the second is about the relationship between […]

Testimonies towards a deeper understanding of Modernist architecture

Ferenc Vámossy: Essays on Architectural Theory Tarsoly Kiadó, 2019, 420 page Text: Mária Tatai Of several hundreds of articles written by Ferenc Vámossy, five have been selected and included in his volume published now. Surveying five independent topics, they make up five pillars of his oeuvre much like in an arch: by reading them one […]

The place in the world of the non-places

István Schneller: Modern Sacred Buildings Typotex, Budapest, 2019 Text: Tamás Meggyesi When holding a book on architecture with beautiful photographs, we are inclined to limit our attention to the illustrations. However, if we start turning the pages, and get engaged in the texts, we may all of a sudden realize that we are participants in […]

Jewish Cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe

On the volume by Rudolf Klein Text: György Szegő Rudolf Klein, the author of this representative 455-page thesaurus has used the option offered to him by ICOMOS in a convincing way: he was invited to explore the Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe by the organisation specialised in the protection of historic monuments. This commission allowed […]

Urban Symmetry

Zsolt Hlinka, Premier Nyomda, 2018, Budapest, 165 page Why symmetry? Because it is perfect: a consciously created or randomly occurring composition that captures the immaculate balance. My artistic aspirations have been built around this concept since the beginnings, approaching it from many different sides, which makes this an inexhaustible source for inspiration for me. My […]

Architecture copy paste

Felix Madrazo and Winy Maas: Copy Paste. The Badass Architectural Copy Guide Text: Péter Debreczeni The unique nature of design is a priority, and there is a wide variety of tools and devices that can be used to achieve this goal. As it is quite a difficult task to find out something entirely individual, and […]

A Master of Historicism

Dr. Pilkhoffer Mónika: The Oeuvre of Architecture Adolf Lang. TERC, Budapest, 2017, 216 page Szöveg: Jeney András Mónika Pilkhoffer, an associate history professor with the University of Pécs, has also established her fame as an art historian. In her latest publication she analyses the oeuvre Adolf Lang (1848–1913) with special regard to historicism (revivalist styles). […]

East-West Passages

Towards an Integral History of Post-War Architecture in Europe Eds. Ákos Moravánszky – Torsten Lange – Judith Hopfengärtner – Karl R. Kegler: East West Central. Re-Building Europe 1950–1990. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag 2017, 3 volume) Text: Béla Kerékgyártó What was the link between the western and eastern halves of Europe which had been divided according to […]

Bonding Metaphors

Metaphors in Architecture and Urbanism. An Introduction Edited by Andri Gerber, Brent Patterson, Transcript Verlag, 2013 Text: Dániel Veress The book reviewed below is a gap-filler publication which we had waited for long. It is easy to see that metaphors are present everywhere in architecture (as well), and their presence is of course even more […]

Women Architects in the Socialist Era (1945–1989)

On a newly published collection of English-language essays Text: Béla Kerékgyártó How did they find their places and what was the role of women who were active as architects in the countries of the Socialist block? Was there any essential difference between West and East Europe in this regard? Edited by Mariann Simon and Mary […]