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FI20
20 Years of the French Institute Building
02.04. - 02.05.2012.

FI20

The French Institute of Budapest moved to its new headquarters, designed by Georges Maurios, in 1992. The building, representing a rare architectural quality in the Budapest of the early 1990s, tells a particular story: after a design competition in 1984, construction took place between 1988 and 1992, amidst changing circumstances and a political environment in transition. These transformations can be traced in the building's changing form and shifting functions: the exhibition presenting the building's history, preparations, construction and reception also offers new viewpoints to the understanding of the diplomatic and architectural dimensions of the regime change in Eastern Europe. The exhibition is produced in the cooperation of the French Institute of Budapest and the KÉK - Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre.

Ambrus Evva

Ambrus Evva

Architect, grew up in Paris. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Malaquais in 2002. Between 1996-1997 he spent a year at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics where he got to know young Hungarian architects including some of the founding members of KÉK. In 2008, he became aware of the existence of KÉK. One cannot neglect that this fact played a role in convincing him to locate to Budapest. In France he has worked at firms with hundreds of employees (architecture-studio) and at number of smaller studios with experimental approach (Feichtinger, koz, plan01). He declares himself as one of the modest representatives of French "optimistic" architecture, so he regularly contributes in organising events within this subject.

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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