The Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre as a project partner proudly announces the beginning of an interreg project financed by the Danube Transnational Programme:
DANUrB – DANube Urban Brand – a regional network building through tourism and education to strengthen the “Danube” cultural identity and solidarity.
Project period: 2017.01.01 – 2019.06.30.
The DANUrB cultural network aims to strengthen the Danube regional cultural identity and to create a common brand by fostering transnational cultural ties between the settlements along the Danube, and by exploring the unused or hidden cultural and social capital resources for a better economic and cultural return. The main goal of the project is to create a comprehensive spatio-cultural network, a “Danube Сultural Promenade” connecting all communities along the river, unifying these into one tourism destination brand, offering thematic routes and developing possibilities that can increase the number of visitors and can prolong their stay in the region. Project partners – relevant universities, research and development centres, regional municipalities, cultural NGOs, tourism boards and professional market based agencies – will create a network and platform to work along a sustainable cultural and tourism strategy, proving that a common Danube urban brand can bring social and economic benefits at once. Very important in this process is that international knowledge and practice will be implemented in local conditions. The closest cooperation with communities and regional stakeholders from Danube countries, creation of common strategy based on individual approach and site specific, can guaranty durability of the project results expressed in sustainable maintenance of Danube Cultural Promenade by local neighbors with economic independence on basis of boosted development of tourism and cultural industry.
DANUrB related programs coming up in KÉK!
Architect, urban scholar, he got an MSc in Architecture degree in 2003 with diploma price and a PhD degree in 2015 at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is teaching and doing research at the department of Urban Planning and Design at BME, where he defended his PhD dissertation entitled: Pedestrian space usage of tourist-historic cities – comparing the tourist space systems of Vienna and Prague to Budapest”. He is activist in architectural NGOs since 2000, organising conferences, workshops and social events in the memo association until 2006, and in KÉK since then. He also runs his architecture studio, involved in works from building design to tourism development concepts, participating in exhibitions and competitions.
She started to volunteer at KÉK in 2010. As curator she is mainly active in the organization of the Budapest Architecture Film Days and the Urban Walk series. Since 2015 she is also involved with the operational management of the foundation. Previously, she was heading the content development department of a travel guide application (PocketGuide) and was the project coordinator of Krétakör Theatre. Holds master degrees in International Relations (Corvinus University of Budapest) and Cultural Policy (University of Warwick).
Founding member and curator of KÉK, she participates in its activities from the begining 2005. Educated as a cultural manager, interior designer and financial accountant. In KÉK she primarily coordinates the Budapest100, Pecha Kucha Night and is heading the Community gardens program and responsible for the operational management of the Foundation. With her organizational, financial and problem-solving skills she leading KÉK’s operative functioning. She regards social and environmental issues as inherently interrelated, and believes that active local communities may bring about fundamental changes in Hungary, while they learn about cooperation, solidarity and new forms of trust.