Recapture of the River Danube

New beaches in Budapest Text: Eszter Götz Photos: László Beliczay The key to Budapest’s unique location is the river Danube, which bisects the city. It is rare in Europe to have a capital that boasts such a long riverbank, and it has not even been concreted through the early 21st century. The centuries-long bathing life […]

Urban Floating Oasis

A New Recreational Island in New York Architect: Thomas Heatherwick Text: György Szegő Photos: Michael Grimm, Thomas Schenck – Little Island Three of New York’s frequented rusty zones are former quays. Two of them are actually the banks of Manhattan East River and Hudson River. The former has been modernized by constructing a clearway, whilst […]

Concrete-wooden jewelry in the landscape

Lookout Tower at Naplás Lake Architect: Robert Gutowski Text: Mária Tatai Photos: Tamás Bujnovszky The lake along Naplás Road, or the Szilas Creek reservoir, was created in 1978 by damming the stream in a marshy valley. The engineering intervention also saved the rich wildlife of the area, and from 1997 the forest-strudel environment was declared […]

Digital Museum Plan

Veszprém, European Capital of Culture 2023 Concept and text: László Kalmár, Zsolt Zsuffa In recent decades, the institution of the museum has evolved from a sanctuary of learning to a place of experiential experience that seeks to please the public with stunning effects. The concept of creating a new Digital Museum within the framework of […]

Under the spell of towers

Dénes Györgyi’s Plans for the City Hall of Debrecen Text: Fanni Izabella Magyaróvári Photos: Magyar Építészeti Múzeum és Műemlékvédelmi Dokumentációs Központ This year, 90 years ago, in the spring of 1931, the large-scale design competition of the Debrecen town hall was completed. In many cases, the outstanding architectural works of the period between the two […]

Ottoman Heritage

Pilgrims’ Settlement around the Turbe of Sultan Suleiman in Szigetvár Text: Norbert Pap, Máté Kitanics Regarding its historical context, the town built for pilgrims by Sultan Suleiman in Turbék near Szigetvár was constructed fairly quickly in the mid-1570s. However, it was not a static architectural structure, as it underwent several changes and extensions during its […]

Mihály Ráday’s Revolution

The Beginning of the Urban Protection Movement Text: György Szegő As a cinematographer and director, Mihály Ráday made several TV serires, documentaries and children’s programs in addition to his legendary television series, which ran for 30 years. For 15 years we were able to see their joint television series with Tamás Katona from 1848. He […]

Discovering another Modernism in Hungary

Text: Dániel Laczó Modernist Architecure spread in Hungary on two occasions in the decade after World War II. Firstly, right after the war when state-sponsored projects wre predominantly followed Modernism. The change of the political system and the rule of socialism resulted the transformation of cultural policy: dictatorship defined art life and required authors and […]

Detached Family Houses Typology Designs

A Survey of History Text: Tamás Perényi Approved in 2015, the national architecture policy defined the necessity of improving the standards of detached family houses yet to be constructed and thus the elaboration of typology designs accordingly. The history of standard designs goes back to more than a century in Hungary; the houses built as […]

Race theory on the Colonial Exhibition in Italy

Architectural and Cultural History Review  1937-1943 Text: Bálint Juhász Brian L. McLaren’s recently published book is the first to address the traces of the race ideology of the fascist system in Italian modern architecture within his two major exhibitions (the 1942 World’s Fair in Rome or E42, and the 1940 Mostra d’Oltremare in Naples). This […]

Digital Masonry

Stratus Bridge, Venice, 2021 Text: Bálint Botzheim Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects Striatus is an arched, unreinforced masonry footbridge composed of 3D-printed concrete blocks assembled without mortar. Exhibited at the Giardini della Marinaressa during the Venice Architecture Biennale until November 2021, the 16×12-metre footbridge is the first of its kind, combining traditional techniques of master builders […]