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László Benczúr (1943)

 

Benczúr László:
...The drastically amplified moral weakness of the world today is the global lack of inhibitions. If architects are to practice their profession creditably, they have to try to refuse this global aggressive challenge. We have to fight it and try to find the very narrow path that is still passable. However I feel that one must adapt to the present world in some way. And it's not just a question of making a living, the employer's money, which is practically speaking entrusted to the architect, must be respected.

...I see architecture as a service. I believe that what I can bring out of myself, in some way has an effect on its environment. It has an effect on those who use it. There is no greater acknowledgement of one's work than that. No award acknowledges one's work as much as the appreciation of those who use it, those it was built for, their love and understanding of the spaces, and how they use the spaces they understand. If this coincides with my intent, then I think that is the best possible thing.

Wéber József:
...I must admit I have mixed emotions. To be honest, the situation could be better. I know I should be saying, thank you very much, I'm feeling great, thank you for asking. There's not enough work in the profession and the work one can get isn't of an architectural nature. I'm in a state of anticipation, like probably most of my colleagues, waiting to see how the situation of architects will change in Hungary now that we've joined the EU.

...In the so-called socialist era the problem was that the economy and society was such a wreck that practically speaking you couldn't work. Today things are more effective on that front, but I see several negative aspects which I never thought would happen. For example the system of values: back then that was something that was dictated from above and everyone knew how to set it aside and how to work around it. They were able to set up a subjective value system, or one that represented a group, which was something very positive and good. Comparatively speaking, these things have devaluated.

...It's important to acknowledge that the trends developing in the world, and which effect architecture, have been changing very fast during the past few decades, and one has to be aware of them, to get to know their advantages and disadvantages, and to use them is one's own work in such a way that you make use of the positive aspects and leave the negatives out.

Millenáris Park - transformation of the one-time Ganz Electrical Works, Budapest
Planner: CÉH Rt.;
together with: Ákos Takács, Annamária Bozsó, Krisztina Wallner
Park: Új Irány Csoport

The park, which will hopefully continue to be a favorite spot for relaxation and entertainment for the inhabitants of the capital, is frequented primarily by families: children, parents and grandparents. The magic of the place lies in its complexity and modern design: the new parts, high standard in both their planning and execution, connect masterfully with the old buildings, some of which have kept their old form either in whole or in part. The environment of the complex is also completely different from other examples in Hungary: the park hosts a fairy-playground, several water surfaces and firendly open spaces, surrounded by the familiar city atmosphere which together make one feel at home. The structure of services provided at the Millenáris Park are based on a mature concept. The reception hall, the theater and the huge exhibit areas are all accessible from the outer side of the complex. The theater building has an open air stage which becomes a part of the park when it is not in use. Parking services for the visitors are provided by an underground parking lot. The abandoned and desolate industrial landscape has been magically reincarnated.

 

 

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