KÉK was organising a series of constructive while provocative debates on the latest issues of the profession inviting decision makers and officials in charge to express their views and thus provide opportunity for an open public debate. These debates involved larger public investments, and urban development projects. So far we have discussed the following projects: the City Hall, Castle development, Design Terminal, 7th district, CET- investment of the public warehouses, Székesfehérvár – national memorial site, Corvin Promenade, European Capital of Culture 2010 – Pécs.
Independent journalist. She studied English and Communications at the Pécs University and received a master’s degree in history at Central European University (CEU) in 2001. She edited the online architecture journal www.epiteszforum.hu between 2004 and 2006. From 2004 on she has been publishing investigative reports on urban development issues and Hungarian cultural politics. Between 2006 and 2010 she was co-worker of the political-cultural weekly Magyar Narancs. She is author of the investigative book on the 2010 capital of culture program in Pécs („A Balkán kapuja? - “The Gate of Balkans?” Budapest, Kalligram, 2010). From 2011 she has been an independent journalist. She works as the coordinator of SozialMarie, a Central-European programme supporting social innovations, launched by the private foundation Unruhe. Presently she lives in Finland with her family.
Samu Szemerey is an architect and urbanist specializing on technology, creative industries and the built environment. As a consultant and strategist he works with cities, institutions and private clients. He has directed several workshops, research projects and curated exhibitions and public programs. He has taught, published and lectured internationally. He is a founding member and Director of Content at KÉK Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre and lead expert at Lechner Nonprofit Ltd where he works on developing urban services and coordinating smart city programs in Hungary.