This text lays out some considerations regarding socialist urban furniture with a view to better understanding the context in which post-socialist urban furniture functions.
On the basis of a number of examples, it argues that the key characteristic of design elements in socialist urban planning was their embodiment of the connection of the individual to a wider social whole. With the collapse of communism, this frame disappears. Elements of the socialist built environment now remain as material evidence of the unfulfilled promises of the past, reminders of inhabitants’ current alienation in an unbound social context. The argument made in the text is that considering how to hack urban furniture in the post-socialist context requires engaging with the fact that the overall programme in which the society was written has already definitively collapsed. What roles might projects around urban furniture play in this context?
Unlike their counterparts in the business world, cultural institutions and event organisers rarely use data to underpin their operations and decision making. What could we learn from them about the event goers? Can they help us understand better how culture influences the development of the city? How to create effective communications in a data culture?
Rakoczisquaring in practice, Budapest. Shared Cities Diaries #4
Four days of workshops, conference and happenings about the Rakoczi square, on the Rakoczi square, with people from the Rakoczi square. In mid-September for four days we moved in the Rakoczi Market Hall to fulfil our plans. Plans, which have always looked nice in textbooks, we talked about them a lot, but have never really translated them into concrete actions. Now we made an attempt.