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Anatomy of a Street
Portraying High Streets in Europe
2009-2011

Anatomy of a Street

Anatomy of a Street is a research project portraying epicenters of accelerated urban transformations: a comparative investigation of ‘high streets’ from Warsaw, Bratislava, Pécs, Budapest and Paddigton (London). Focusing on urban development and regeneration, the project explores the fluidly changing relationship of the public, the private and the corporate; the interactions of the top-down and bottom-up organizational processes thematically through mapping local communities, migration, gentrification, local businesses and industries, food production and contribution as well as diverse traditions and new cultural enterprises. Based on an international and interdisciplinary platform, Anatomy of a Street attempts to connect different discursive fields and disciplines as well as networks belonging to different geographical locations, cultures and histories between Eastern and Western Europe after the cold war.

Levente Polyák

Levente Polyák

Researcher and urban planner. He studied architecture, urbanism, sociology and art theory in Budapest and Paris, and he was lecturer at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, the Budapest University of Technology and the Technische Universität Wien, where he taught urban studies and architectural theory. Levente has worked on urban projects for the New York, Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Pécs municipalities, and as member of the KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre, he has organized conferences, festivals and exhibitions dealing with various contemporary urban and architectural phenomena. He was visiting fellow at Columbia University in New York City and at Orange Labs and the École d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais in Paris. He is a doctoral candidate at the Central European University. In the past years, he has been working on Lakatlan, a research and advocacy program examining policies and methods of temporary use and revitalization of abandoned urban properties.

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