Conference on SCALES 1960 – 2010


Conference on SCALES 1960 – 2010 Architectures > Cities > Landscapes > Europe Workshop Budapest, 3-4 October 2009. Public lectures, 3 October 2009., 5 pm Location: Loffice – Budapest, VI., Paulay Ede u. 55.

Saturday 3 October 2009, 7:00 pm


Conference on SCALES 1960 – 2010
Architectures > Cities > Landscapes > Europe
Workshop Budapest, 3-4 October, 2009

Location: Loffice – Budapest, VI., Paulay Ede u. 55.

Meeting in the Center of Europe

Hungary will be the home of the European Union’s presidency in 2011. This event will place Budapest in the centre of international interest – one of the continent’s cities with a great history and whose culture is still actively being shaped by both western and eastern effects and trends up to this day. The imminent presidency of this capital city also offers the opportunity to place the relevant values of the culture shaped by this double impact in the focus of interest for the community of the European Union. The objective of our initiative, therefore, is that the areas of contemporary culture that are followed by an increasing amount of interest –architecture and design – would be introduced in the framework of an international exhibit. The exhibit opens the doors for us to launch the Budapest Architectural and Design Triennale (CoDA – Contemporary Design and Architecture) event series, which will provide a regular home for the introduction of international as well as Eastern and Western European contemporary architecture and design.

Public lectures:

3. October, 17:00-19:30

17:00 Gábor Sz. Szilágyi, Head of CoDA Concept Ltd., Opening Address

17:10 Ákos Moravánszky: Europe from a Viewing Distance

17:40 Lukasz Stanek: Scales: Notes on Post-War European Architecture

This talk argues that the concept of scale lends itself as a framework for a comparative understanding of architecture and the city within various forms of statehood in the post-war Europe. While scale has many meanings in architecture discourse, ranging from a representational technique to a phenomenological account of an architectural experience, this talk refers to a specific understanding of scale as a socially produced platform and container of social practices. Such understood, scale allows for an analysis of the processes production of space in Europe since the 1960s, characterized by a shift beyond the national scale as the primary object of economic management, distribution of welfare, and definition of citizenship. In the course of this shift other scales have increasingly gained more importance, including the local, the regional, and the global: a condition which is perceived, conceived and experienced in urban everyday and which profoundly transforms architecture and the city.

Lukasz Stanek is a research associate at the Swiss Federal Polytechnical Institute (ETH) in Zurich. He recently defended a dissertation at the Delft University of Technology (2008) and conducted a post-doc research at the Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris. His publications include contributions to volumes on new interpretations of Lefebvre’s theory of space and on cities in (post)socialism.

18:00 David Crowley: Double Agents: Reflections on Architecture and Design in the Cold War

18:30 Cor Wagenaar: Why History Failed: Facing a Disturbed Balance between 'East' and 'West'

19:00 Questions, discussion

Participants from Poland

Lukasz Stanek, Poland / Swiss
Research associate at the Swiss Federal Polytechnical Institute (ETH) in Zurich

Marta Dziewańska
Art historian and curator

Katarzyna Murawska Muthesius
Curator at the National Museum in Warsaw

Michal Wisniewski
Architectural historian, International Cultural Centre, Cracow