Budapest

With 1.7 million inhabitants, Budapest is the political, economic and cultural centre of Hungary and a major financial and tourist capital. Just like several metropolitan areas in the Central and Eastern European region, the city is undergoing a major transition in urban governance. Since 2008, and even before the recent global financial crisis, the top-down, monopolistic role of municipal control and oversight of Budapest’s city development has been questioned.

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This comes partly from the long-term shift in urban economies towards globalised and private investments in real estate, infrastructure and urban services, partly from the appearance of new stakeholders and platforms that influence, compliment and occasionally takeover maintenance and development responsibilities of the city. During the Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project Budapest will, for example, explore ways how NGOs can reinvigorate the former industrial area of Csepel island.

Project Partners in Budapest

KÉK: Contemporary Architecture Centre

KÉK is an independent architectural cultural centre located in Budapest. Operated by young Hungarian architects, artists and civilians, the centre shows the way to new perspectives in architectural and urban thinking in Hungary using fresh, provocative and focused programs. KÈK is currently the only internationally acknowledged professional platform representing contemporary architecture in Hungary. Among other programs, KÉK regularly organises conferences, workshops, roundtable discussions, festivals, movie nights, exhibitions, urban walks and community gardening programs, which remain professional in their content while encouraging the wider public to participate in the shared production of visions and concrete plans for today’s cities. As part of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum, KÉK organizes the Budapest100 – a civil urban celebration making locals aware of the common values of the surrounding city.

MINDSPACE

Mindspace is a non-profit founded in 2011 that manages cultural urban projects, with a focus on smart cities and sustainability through participation and gamification. Mindspace’s main projects in the framework of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum are:  Better Budapest – a participatory online platform that citizens of Budapest can use for crowd-sourcing problems in the district. The second part of the project is dedicated to cultural development of Rákoczi square.

Recent materials from Budapest

Csepel Works – Weekend of Open Factories

Organized by the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Center (KÉK), buildings in the Csepel Works plant in Budapest will open for the last weekend of June (29-30 June) to offer a unique chance for exploring the exciting present of the almost 240 hectares site and its unmatched industrial heritage.

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RÁKOCZI SQUARE – DEVELOPING A NEIGHBOURHOOD

Where did the idea to transform the Rákóczi neighbourhood come from? What kind of problems do people in the Rákóczi neighbourhood face? Find the answer in the interview with Ádám Kobrizsa from Mindspace in Budapest, Hungary.

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New Cooperatives – Looking Back, Looking West

Activists who are trying to revive the spirit of cooperativism in Central Europe operate in a unique context, created by the convergence of the region’s turbulent history and an influx of ideas from the West

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Bringing Life Back to Csepel

What sparked KÉK’s interest in the Csepel Island? What changes did they want to happen on Csepel Island? Find the answers to these and many more questions in the interview with Bálint Horváth from KÉK, Budapest, Hungary.

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Budapest100: Share the Square

5 - 6th MAY, 2018, BUDAPEST - two-day celebration of Budapest's squares and its historic buildings organized by volunteers, enthusiastic locals and tenants proudly inhabiting the buildings.

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Csepel Művek – Csepel Works

Csepel Művek or Csepel Works is a project of our Hungarian partner KÉK. It is based on a series of workshops and presentations that explore and discuss the possibilities of common development strategies for the hundreds of companies and businesses that formed during and after the privatization process of the Csepel Works plant since the 1990s.

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Working With the City: Engaging a Variety of Urban Actors on Multiple Scales, Shared Cities Diaries #7

We are well into the second year of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum. Finally, it feels like the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. The puzzle is a manifestation of adaptable best practices and alternative tool boxes triggering enduring public participation to shape our Central-Eastern European cities.

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