The Lakatlan (Vacant City) program was launched in 2012, aiming at finding innovative solutions for the community-based regeneration of vacant urban properties. The program brings together initiatives that contribute to the city’s social cohesion, life quality and local economic development with property owners who are willing to make alliance with community energies to revitalize their spaces and neighborhoods. Our activities include advisory services; property mapping; matchmaking; administrative, legal and economic guidance; communication; organisation development and assistance to renovation. Besides these services, we also organize workshops, presentations and debates where international experts share best practices and methodologies with their local counterparts (municipal officers, private developers, planning and design professionals, community representatives), elaborating solutions for Budapest situations. Our vision is a city whose resources are constantly renewed and where vacant properties can accommodate new functions while value-creating initiatives can find new spaces.
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.