The Architecture of Survival
In the footsteps of Yona Friedman

The Architecture of Survival

KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre in collaboration with Trafó - House of Contemporary Arts, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art and the French Institute of Budapest is organizing a conference aiming to contextualize Yona Friedman’s work in today’s social, urban and architectural context by bringing together architects, urbanists, artists, scholars and activists to give critical interpretations of his legacy and to introduce projects inspired by his work.

The ambition of the conference is to analyze Yona Friedman’s ideas on art, architecture, urbanism, social work and technology, and their relevance in these fields then and today, especially in the context of the current economic crisis. The lectures will position his early work within the context of urban renewal theories of the sixties; revisit key notions of his thinking such as mobility, infrastructure or participation with respect to their current applicability; and assess his impact on contemporary architecture and art and the critical implications of his work’s presentation in a visual art (aesthetic) context.

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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