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Transmodern
Research platform
Since 2015

Transmodern

Translations of Modernism, Transmodern in short was founded in 2015 by KÉK with several partner institutions, with the aim of generating discussion and building a public platform for everyone interested in the collective history, culture and afterlife of Post-War architecture in the former Socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The initiators: architects, art historians, researchers of the region are convinced that the architectural heritage of the post socialist block is simply one and only in the term that it represents the post-war cultural, historical and economic circumstances of the countries in the region. Founding organisations: 4AM Forum for Architecture and Media; Archimera; Bęc Zmiana Foundation; Centrala; Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre; Malopolski Institut Kultury. More info: transmodern.eu

Dániel Kovács

Dániel Kovács

Art historian, architectural critic. In 2007-2013 he worked as editor and chief editor of architecture and design magazine hg.hu. From mid-2013 he continued as a project manager, first in the Museum of Fine Arts, then in 2014-2015 in the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Since Autumn 2015 he works as program director at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin. He published several articles on historical and contemporary architecture, and two own books on the Art Nouveau and Art Deco architecture of Budapest. Since 2010 he's a member of KÉK. He acted as curator of Artur.org.hu (with deputy curator Péter Gyabronka in the first phase), initiated the Wikipedia project and participates in Transmodern.

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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