In three thematic urban walks, the editors of Építészfórum present a distinctive aspect of Budapest's architecture, from the differences in religious architecture to the experimental housing estates of the 1960s and the outstanding works of contemporary architecture of recent years.
The walks give a taste of the online map of the magazine, which the editors have created to make the magazine’s archives of contemporary architecture easily accessible, so that a tangible experience can form the basis of public discourse on architecture.
• Denominational differences in religious architecture (10.09): While in some countries many religions coexist, Hungary is essentially a Judaeo-Christian culture. However, these two religions are far from homogeneous, each of them can be divided into a number of denominations, which sometimes have major differences, even if they are essentially the same. All these differences have an impact on the architectural design, layout, decoration and location of churches and places of worship. Budapest is an excellent location for an architectural tour of the differences in religious architecture, which will take us inside and outside the houses of worship.
• The experimental housing estate of Óbuda (10.10): The experimental housing estate of Óbuda, inaugurated in the early 1960s, is one of the most significant examples of Hungarian residential design and 20th century Hungarian architecture in general. What was successful and what proved to be a dead end among the architects' forward-looking ideas? Which house types have stood the test of time best? What can we learn today from the houses of the experimental housing estate in Óbuda and the approach of their designers? The thematic walk will seek answer to these questions.
• A selection of the Media Architecture Award nominees of the past years (10.16.): What do a World War II memorial, a downtown club and a market hall have in common? They all entered the Media Architecture Awards (MÉD) competition. This November, for the 17th time, the editors of Építészfórum will organise the MÉD, which will honour buildings and designs published in the past year. During the thematic walk, participants will have the opportunity to discover a selection of the architectural works that have been nominated in recent years.
The language of the walks is Hungarian.