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 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 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.