Posts Tagged ‘Budapest’

Cities investing in heritage and everyday culture in Greece and Cyprus: turning citizens in active participants rather than passive viewers

By browsing through the 97 URBACT Good Practice cities one can notice that culture and heritage are given a central role in several of them, e.g. Lisbon is implementing a strategy in order to protect historic shops, Malaga is turning a downgraded central area in a creative district, in Budapest Ujbuda residents are the ones [...]

By Nicholas Karachalis, on October 24th, 2017 at 10:24

“Radical acts of kindness” – volunteering against poverty

Malnutrition and poverty is a global phenomenon, and affects European cities even today. In Hungary – a relatively prosperous country in global terms – many people still suffer from poverty. Malnutrition in cities, and even starvation in certain rural areas, are not rare. Statistics show that more than 40% of Hungary’s population lives in a [...]

By Mátyás Sain, on September 14th, 2017 at 10:41

Smart Cities in Hungary: Comments on Some Recent Experiences

The term „smart city” is definitely becoming more and more often used in Hungary when urban development or city management is concerned. Here we are commenting on some of the recent ‘smart city’ initiatives in Hungary.

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on August 26th, 2015 at 16:11

Re-Block: Lessons on Improving Quality of Life in European Block Real Estates

By today it is more or less clear that constructing large-scale housing estates was one of the dead-end pathways of urbanism 30-60 years ago. The architects of such estates believed “… in the role of architecture as a weapon of social reform … when everyone would live in cheap prefabricated flat-roofed multiple dwellings – heaven [...]

By Ivan Tosics, on April 22nd, 2015 at 15:49

From Biking to Solidarity

The proportion of people using bicycle for everyday transport in Budapest has increased beyond all expectations after the political change. Along with this, a number of NGOs came to existence, aiming at improveming conditions for urban cycling, and later, striving for a new paradigm in the use of urban space. In 2011 one cyclist group [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on February 3rd, 2015 at 15:55

Open! Community Utilisation of Vacant Retail Space

The signs of the 2008 crisis became visible within few months after its outbreak on the Grand Boulevard of Budapest, which was one of the most important retail locations of the city, and on many other streets as well: closed shops, business premises with lowered blinds to let. Like in many major European cities, the [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on November 7th, 2014 at 18:41

Creating Partnerships on Teleki Square

With approaching municipal elections in October 2014, inaugurating celebrations of different public spaces are a daily occurrence. However, one deserves special attention. In Budapest’s 8th district, within the framework of a social rehabilitation programme going on for nearly 10 years, the city’s best practice of community planning took place, for the renewal of the disreputable [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on October 16th, 2014 at 11:55

Interview With István Hunyadi, RE-BLOCK, Budapest

The 18th district of Budapest started to built up the RE-Block (REviving high-rise Blocks for cohesive and green neighborhoods) network based on the need to find new tools and solutions to give a boost to rehabilitate the “Havanna” high-rise block building estate, a deprived urban area situated at the outskirts of the 18th district of [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on February 25th, 2014 at 19:31

Giant Intruders In Our Cities – A New Years’ Photo Essay By Iván Tosics

Lately, travelling to conferences throughout European cities, URBACT expert Iván Tosics found himself making gigantic encounters, as spectacular advertising takes on the very walls of urban buildings. A tale of Iván hunting giants and what is behind them – sometimes literally – in Warsaw, Cracow, Bucharest and Budapest. In October 2011 I was invited to a [...]

By Ivan Tosics, on January 3rd, 2014 at 19:55

Budapest through the Eyes of the Homeless

While the parliament votes on a law containing restrictions on the homeless living in the street, the team of index.hu website went to a city walk to see how this policy would make the homeless people invisible. Lots of bars, jam-packed hostels, ruined huts, friendly policemen, inhuman laws – we had a conversation with the [...]

By Mariann Majorné Venn, on November 4th, 2013 at 13:09