Budapest

Hungarian blog on waterfront

On 1 March 2011 the blog http://vizpartifejlesztesek.blog.hu has been started by Orsolya Farkas and Csilla Tanai from Budapest, Hungary. They introduce the initiative as:
 
"Our aim is to represent the waterfront developments in Europe from different aspects, we would like to introduce not just the infrastructural developments (buildings, roads, harbors, etc.), but projects which are related to water, like water chapel, water festivals, houses on water, water taxi, etc.
 
There are no definite methods, as there are no two cities with the same position and connection to the water. Different cities from Europe use different recipes to liven their riverbanks, but there are similar elements: renovation of old docks and warehouses, installation of green and public spaces, "shifting" the riverbank to the direction of the inner city, infrastructural developments (office, residential, commercial and leisure functions).
 
Take a multifunctional area, involve the investor, the municipality, civil networks in the decision-making, choose a famous end beloved architecture and realize the project with eco-friendly solutions. The success is even bigger if there's an expo, Olympic Games or other interesting international as innovative engine."
 
Orsolya Farkas and  Csilla Tanai already published more than 20 articles in the Octogon architecture&design magazine, including articles about Berlin, Belgrade, Dublin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Gdansk, Hamburg, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Liverpool, Lisbon, London, Malmo, Malta, Maribor, Oslo, Stockholm, Venice, Vienna and Warsaw.
 
For the moment the blog is only in Hungarian, with the intention to make it in English, too.
 
If you would like to add your waterfront actions to this blog, please contact:
vizpartifejlesztesek@gmail.com

Member in Budapest, Hungary

I love Budapest Movement (“Szebu”) is a civil, non-governmental, non-profit organisation and its goal is to ‘reach out to people who are willing to sacrifice their free time to create a better Budapest together’.

 

We want to unite the power of those who are determined to live in modern, enjoyable, clean, exciting and teeming city.
“Szebu” was founded on the 21 September 2004. The founders had specific plans towards the city development: revitalisation the Danube shore as well as the public spaces of the city centre and intensification of the city’s cultural scene. “Szebu” believes that the urban development of Budapest is not only in the interest of the city’s inhabitants. The success of the capital city means the success of the country as a whole. We aim to create a new, modern image of Hungary by modernising and redefining the image of Budapest. We are confident that by setting a good example and creating a trend to care for the urban environment instead of vandalise it, is the only way to have a clean and beautiful city again.
 This year the main goal of “Szebu” is to communicate its urban planning and designing plans to the greater public. Most importantly, we will be concentrating on the development of the Danube shore. Our goal is to materialise those projects we received for our “Love Budapest” (2005) and “By the Danube” (2004) tenders.
 Being part of the “Podmaniczky Organization”, “Szebu” will be able to work together with other civil and urban developmental organisations that have similar goals.
 “Szebu” has been publishing several articles in the well-known Hungarian architecture and design magazine, called “Octogon”. Besides publishing plans on waterfront development, our organisation is frequently participating in the international urban development conferences.
 
We are proud of nourishing Budapest’s cultural life with our own exhibitions.