Thu 9 Oct 2014 until Sun 12 Oct 2014

Metropolitan Field Trip Budapest

The redistribution of urban governance with limited resources and parallel infrastructures, innovation in alternative networks
Thu 9 Oct 2014 until Sun 12 Oct 2014

Today’s Budapest is working itself through a political context that is increasingly centralized both in decision-making and in funding, but which also has strong interests and embedded legacies in decentralizing core elements of development (regulations, policies, directed funding). As the city is short on many resources, the importance of non-governmental initiatives is growing in development and services, but these also contest the incumbent political establishment. So while there are major lobbies for redistributing power between national and city government and districts, an increasing number of alternative and parallel networks are taking over tasks that are not fulfilled or distorted by political or other biases. These tasks include culture, arts, social issues, public discussions on developments, urban communication, access to spaces and bottom-up funding models.

Pakhuis de Zwijger, Deltametropolis Association and Brainville together with local partners (Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Roeleveld-Sikkes Architects Budapest, KÉK Center for Contemporary Architecture Budapest, Design Week Budapest), organize a four-day Metropolitan Field Trip during which we will study the dynamics of this Eastern European metropolis. How does the urban planning work? What is the responsibility of the municipality and the state, and to what extend may citizens and entrepreneurs interfere in shaping its form? How do cultural entrepreneurs relate to their urban surroundings; do they for example take a role in the transformation of vacant real estate? To what extend is the maintenance of the cultural heritage safeguarded for future generations?


Budapest Design Week

What will the Field Trip entail?

With a broad perspective on transition and innovation in urban development we will study Budapest as a city and a metropolis. Visits to the offices of planners and architects will be complemented with encounters with professional peers, residents, entrepreneurs, wherein we will look for small-scale, often informal urban interventions.

Preliminary programme (subject to change)

Arrival – Wednesday, October 8, 2014 evening
Welcome drink, informal meeting at Café Jedermann

Day 1 – October 9, 2014

10:00-11:30 Kick-off presentation about Budapest (planned venue: FUGA Budapest Architecture Center) Overview of the urban, governmental, decision making structure of Budapest. Key projects and issues in the last 10 years, urban and area developments, communities. Planned developments, policies, projects and fields of cooperation for the 2014-2020 period.

Institutions of culture 1
11:30 Visit to Design Terminal National Centre for Creative Industries.
If time permits, visit to Higgs Field cultural space.

12.30-13.30 lunch

City tour 1 – Social rehabilitation and community projects
13.30 Tour through the 8th district of Budapest. Meetings with local stakeholders, planners and organisations. Tour leader: Edit Imricskó-Nemes, Roeleveld Sikkes Architects
Route and venues: FUGA – Károlyi garden – Kecskeméti street – Kálvin square – Chamber of Architects – Szabó Ervin Central Library – Mikszáth square, Lőrinc pap square – Gutenberg square – Rákóczi square (lunch at OINOS, Italian bistro) – Martsa gallery – social housing project, university buildings – Mátyás square, Kesztyűgyár community center – Teleki square social rehabilitation program – FIDO


Day 2 – October 10, 2014

The development of urban public life has shifted from a dominantly municipal to more diverse approaches. Case studies will show successful and failed creative street projects, business responses to public needs and bottom-up programming of vacant urban spaces. Creative entrepreneurs and municipalities are now cooperating to recycle vacant spaces of the city, resulting in a variety of second-hand spaces used as bars, restaurants, cultural venues and community spaces. New programs aim at developing win-win scenarios and sustainable business models.

Institutes of culture 2
Morning meeting: Off Biennale Budapest, János Szoboszlai

12:00 lunch at Gerlóczy café

City tour 2 – from programmed streets to temporary and second hand spaces
Downtown tour led by Levente Polyák, KÉK Center for Contemporary Architecture, Vacant project.

13:00 Rögtön Jövök! (Coming Soon!) project gallery
13:30 Gerlóczy street pop-up stores
14:00 Printa
14:15 Király street, Central Passage és Gozsdu court
14:45 Kocka and Tesla (by minusplus architects)
15:15 Heti betevő
15:45 Chimera, Szimpla
16:30 Müszi

19:00 Reception at the residence of the Ambassador of the Netherlands

Budapest Széchenyi Baths

Day 3 – October 11, 2014

Institutes of Culture 3 – Parallel infrastructures of civil society
10:00 Meeting with VaLyo (proposed venue: Bálna Budapest, bus pickup from there)

City tour 3 – New frameworks for culture
11:00-16:00 Bus tour
Recent years have seen a profound transformation of the spatial, financial and production landscape of culture. New venues seek mixed market-based models and independent operation to replace the lost, missing or compromised mainstream institutions and sometimes take over their tasks.

Lunch organised on one of the stopovers.

Buda initiatives: Margit utca 9, Jurányi cultural centre
Brown field sites and projects: Soroksári út, Csepel complex, Kőbányai út, Graphisoft park, Sorsok háza Jewish centre

16:00-18:00 Afternoon consultation and networking session at the Design Ecosystems conference
19:00 Dutch Party at the Budapest Design Week

Day 4 – October 12, 2014

Free program and departure.

©Jorinde Tenten

Why should you join the Field Trip to Budapest?

Because you are somewhat actively engaged in the transition of cities, or urban development in general. You want to broaden your horizon and witness how things are done elsewhere in Europe. You want to meet new people within your field of interest or profession, and want to establish sustainable (inter)national contacts. And first and foremost, you want to get a unique perspective on Budapest, gain this in the company of an inspiring group of peers and have the practicalities fully taken care off.

Practical information

The costs for the Field Trip are € 700,- per person. This includes: hotel (3 nights), breakfast, lunch and diner, local transport, tours and presentations. Excluding transportation to and from Budapest. Regular flights to Budapest leave from Amsterdam (KLM), Rotterdam (Transavia, Lufthansa) and Eindhoven (Wizz air). Booking the flights is the responsibility of the participants.

Would you like to ask some questions before you register for the Field Trip. Call us through +31 20 624 63 80 or send an e-mail to Charlot Schans via charlot [at]



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