Csepel Factory
District XXII , Budapest

Redevelopment of industrial heritage sites can be problematic in Hungary. Hungarians do not like to be reminded of their industrial history and do take pride in their blue collar culture. It is viewed as an economic domain introduced and managed by ‘outsiders’: Jews, the Habsburg Monarchy or communists.

Although the old Csepel factory might look like a promising area to other Europeans, Hungarians are not eager to find a new purpose for this abandoned site. However, Levente Polyak of KÉK imagines several opportunities for the old automobile factory and believes it is the perfect location for a cultural experiment, social innovation and a beautiful addition to Budapest’s public space.

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