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Shared Cities:
Creative Momentum

Shared Cities:

SHARED CITIES: Creative Momentum (SCCM) is on a mission to improve the quality of life in European cities. By exploring aspects of sharing and urban design we are creating new ways of living in our cities. Together.

Shared Cities: Creative Momentum is a seminal four-year cultural project that brings together eleven partners from seven major European cities: Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Katowice, Prague and Warsaw. SCCM establishes an international network for a creative discourse at the intersection of architecture, art, urbanism and the sharing economy to contribute to the transformation of urban spaces. From 2016 to 2020 more than 150 activities will take place, encompassing festivals, films, exhibitions, artists’ residencies or case studies. The project’s ambition is to show urban citizens that their participation and cooperation is essential for creating a pleasant and valuable urban environment. The project’s creative centre is Prague where the Goethe-Institut, Czech Centres and the reSITE organisation form its core team.

Activities: Festivals, films, exhibitions, workshops, residencies, research and case studies

When: June 2016 – February 2020

KÉK participates with two of its projects in the Shared Cities programs. With Budapest100, our annual urban festival organized every spring since 2011, and with the now commencing Csepel Works project.

Budapest100 - Within the framework of Shared Cities, new elements are added to our annual urban festival, which in 2017 will focus on the Budapest riverbank. This year, we are inviting public and private institutions located along the Donau riverbank to participate in our workshops, with the aim to highlight the crucial role institutions play in the lives of riverbank neighborhoods, as well as to invite the various institutions to participate and cooperate with each other in the development of a shared vision for the future of the Budapest riverbank. On the long run, the goal of the program is to challenge local institutions, businesses and other actors to actively contribute to the everyday life and functioning of the city. KÉK offers its expertise in the form of consultations and workshops, while it also provides a communicational platform and organizational support to realize the project. The core program of Budapest100 will take place between April 21-23, while the freshly added modules will unfold during the following week, all culminating in the closing event on the next weekend.

Csepel Művek - Our other project is based on a series of workshops and presentations that explore and discuss the possibilities of common development strategies for the hundreds of companies and businesses that formed during and after the privatization process of the Csepel Works plant since the 1990s. While in the past, the plant used to be the single largest industrial complex in Hungary, nowadays the territory is owned and occupied by roughly 500-600 companies of various scale and specialization, yet without a shared vision for the future development of the area. The primary goal of the project is to explore models based on which a common place-making and branding strategy could be formulated that, building on the legacy of the Csepel Works, encourages sustainable, mutually reinforcing and innovative practices for the development of local businesses. As part of the project, we are re-examining the cultural and architectural heritage of the Csepel Works plant from the perspectives of economic and urban development and heritage protection. Our findings will be exhibited in the first half of 2018.

Participating institutions and partners:

Goethe-Institut (DE), Czech Centres (CZ), reSITE (CZ), Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (SK), Association of Belgrade Architects (RS), Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre – KÉK (HU), Katowice City of Gardens (PL), KUNSTrePUBLIK (DE), Mindspace (HU), Old Market Hall Alliance (SK), Res Publica – Cities Magazine (PL). Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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Samu Szemerey

Samu Szemerey

Architect and urbanist interested in design as inquiry. His works investigate the relationship of contemporary culture, accessible technology and the human environment. He is a founding member and curator of KÉK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Center. He has taught, published and lectured internationally. As a consultant and strategist he works with cities, institutions and private clients. He has directed workshops, research projects and curated exhibitions and public programs. From 2014 he also works with Design Terminal as advisor in urbanism. His ongoing PhD research focuses on networked technologies in urban space. He is based in Budapest.

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