World Day of Architecture 2015

Architecture, Building, Climate Text: Edit Pálinkás In line with the decree accepted by the UIA (Union Internationale des Architectes) in 1998, the World Day of Architecture is held on the first Monday of October every year. This year its events were organised in the spirit of the slogan „Architecture, Construction, Climate”. What is more, the […]

Home-Making Design

Design Week 2015, Budapest–Pécs–Sopron Text: Eszter Götz This year’s Design Week, which is the 12th in a row, focusses on homeyness and coziness, as well as on designing liveable spaces for every-day use, as the reaction to our accelerated lifestyle was born in the form of a brand new concept named „slow life”. This in […]

We are All Pilgrims

The Rehabilitation and Extension of the National Pilgrims’ Site in Mátraverebély-Szentkút Architect: Tamás Nagy Text: Miklós Sulyok Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky As a rule, a pilgrims’ site is traditionally the venue for reconciliation and coming to terms with God. Such sites have typically evolved where miraculous events took place according to tradition or local legends. Here […]

A Square with Gems

Győr, Dunakapu Square Architect: Mihály Kádár Text: Mária Tatai Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky Overlooking the riverbank of Győr, the square named Danube Gate was revived in 2015. It appears somewhat abandoned during the week but is quite busy in the evenings, on Sundays and holidays as it is a venue for a variety of events, festivals, […]

Hungarian Solar School Building in the Himalayas

Zangla, India Architects: Dániel Déri , Csaba Nagy Text: Balázs Irimiás Photos: Csoma’s Room Foundation Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, an internationally acknowledged scholar and the founder of Tibetology, spent a formative period of his creative career and his whole life in the Himalayas. After writing his most significant work, the Tibetan-English dictionary and a summary […]

Recreation by the Lakeside

Lakeside Hotel and Training Hall, Székesfehérvár Architect: István Szerdahelyi Text: Bálint Botzheim Photos: József Hajdú The revitalization project of the area where the funfair had been is almost complete now. Not far from the centre of Székesfehérvár, Koronás Park was opened to the public in 2014. This year, in turn, saw the completion of Lakeside […]

The Silence Patterns of Terror

The House of Fates, Budapest Architect: Attila F. Kovács Text: György Szegő Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The House of Fates has been built along Fiumei Road featuring monumental sculpturesque characteristics that exert powerful influence. Architect Attila F. Kovács and his client worked out this concept to influence emotions, to also address young visitors, including children, and […]

In the Wake of the Last Survivors

Holocaust Memorial Sites Text: László Levente Balogh As long as the summer of 2015, there had been no monument of whatsoever in Debrecen to commemorate the local victims of the Holocaust. The city made a decision to make up for this on the 70th anniversary of the Shoah. However, the memorial wall erected here popped […]

Walls of Commemoration

Comparing the Memorial Wall of the Budapest Ghetto and the Holocaust Memorial Site of Debrecen Text: Gerda Széplaky The wall is one of the leitmotifs of memorial architecture which evidently hosts a variety of forms expressing commemoration verbally and visually. Wall monuments tend to be sculpture-like objects standing in the middle of a vacant square […]

Destiny of a Housing Estate 5

Careful Orientations in the 21st Century Purvciems Housing Estate, Riga, Latvia, 1965–78 Text and photos: Melinda Benkő The process of privatization in Latvia after the change of the political system resulted in returning agricultural lands formerly cultivated to the descendants of their pre-war owners. This in turn brought about a two-level system of ownership on […]

Ottoman Tastes – Creative Energies

Urban Rehabilitation Scheme in Istanbul Text and photos: Eszter Baku Istanbul city has shown some genuinely large-scale development tendencies in the past few decades. Year by year there are more and more districts and zones being revived here. Following the facelift project of Kuzguncuk, a versatile quarter of the Anatolian part of the city, now […]

In Lack of the Stone of Wisdom

Urban Opinion Gurus Text: Zsolt Korren Although in our everday life we are perfectly able to recognize and identify the people who have the charisma to influence our decisions, choices and preferences in various areas of reality by sharing their expertise, knowledge or opinions, it is primarily the economic and social studies that make in-depth […]