Healing Architecture

17th International Congress of Architects, March 6th

Text: Orsolya Ware-Nagy

Approximately 900 architects assembled on the large-scale event of professionals on March 6th 2020 in the conference hall of Puskás Aréna, Budapest. This year’s call – „Ép-ítés, Gyógyító építészet”, which roughly translates as Sound construction, healing architecture, allows a variety of interpretations. Both the invited lecturers and the topics dealt with proved to surprise with a self-evident and yet astonishing approach on first hearing. Of the opening speeches Thomas Vonier, chairman of the UIA reminded us of the reconstruction works following the wars apropos of the call of healing architecture, and pointed out that buildings have always had an outstanding role in crises.