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VACANT CITY Experiments in inclusive urban transformation Netherlands Hungary


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Published by kék – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, Budapest 2015 Edited by Levente Polyák &Júlia Oravecz Interviews by Júlia Oravecz, Judit Schanz & Levente Polyák Translation and proofreading: Emese Polyák

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Graphic design: Ádám Albert &JM ​isbn 978 963 12 3322 3 A project funded by the With additional support from: ERSTE Stiftung, Wus Austria, Norway Grants, Municipality of Budapest, The Kingdom of the Netherlands Special thanks to Művelődési Szint, Kesztyűgyár Community Centre, Roeleveld-Sikkes Architects, Prezi hq, Art Quarter Budapest, Gólya Presszó, Kaptár Community Office, Eutropian Research & Planning


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Colophon Table of contents 6. Introduction Discourse 12. raaaf Arna Mackic 19. Lakatlan kék History 26. Failed Architecture René Boer and Mark Minkjan 32. Transmodern Dániel Kovács Temporary use 36. anna Vastgoed + Cultuur Willemijn de Boer 42. Nyitva! kék Aggregation 46. Space&Matter Marthijn Pool and Tjeerd Haccou 54. Community Living Development 57. Stipo Hans Karssenberg 63. Land+Civilization Compositions Merve Bedir 68. Müszi Community & Art Level Júlia Bársony Creation skar Yvonne Wieringa 74. 81. Eleven Blokk Art Foundation Péter Mátyási Cultivation 86. Eetbare Rotterdam Paul de Graaf 92. Community Gardens Monika Kertész Policy 96. Office-space Intermediary Paul Oudeman 103. Paul Krugerlaan Manish Dixit 107. The Municipality of Budapest Sándor Finta 111. Hungarian summary / Magyar összefoglaló 119. Events


Between 2012 and 2015, the kék – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre invited to Budapest a dozen Dutch prac­ ti­tioners, whose work is organized around the reuse of vacant buildings and areas. By presenting these practices, connecting them to their Budapest counterparts and creating situations of formal and informal exchange, kék opened new spaces for thought in the Hungarian architecture, planning and deve­ lop­ment culture and in civil society. Vacant City is the result of these encounters, assembling the key thoughts and experiences of the program’s 3 years.

kék – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre

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​isbn 978 963 12 3322 3

The economic crisis brought about a new paradigm in architecture and planning. Instead of serving large-scale investments and targeting fictional customers, the new development logic gives preference to the reuse of existing buildings and spaces by helping them to gradually adapt to new functi­ ons and accommodate new users. Dutch practitioners were at the forefront of experimenting with new approaches to vacant properties and community-led urban regeneration. By pioneering innovation in design, policy and management to address the problem of vacancy, they established models that inspired like-minded initiatives across the world.

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