2020 Pecha Kucha from HALA, Hungary
The Hungarian Pecha Kucha shows a collection of open space design, historic garden renewal and urban regeneration projects, representing a compilation of the most interesting and challenging actions of Hungarian landscape architects. Fifteen presented projects were implemented from 2018 to 2020 and the designers are belonging to 7 landscape offices from Hungary.
The general tendency of the development of open spaces in Hungary is clearly positive. Landscape architecture has become an independent discipline substantial in both the contemporary open space design and urban design in Hungary. Environmental challenges of the past decades, such as the global climate change, the issues of urban livability and responsible water management, have played an inevitable role in self-definition and acknowledgment of the landscape architecture profession, raising the value of the overarching, environmentally sensitive work of landscape architects across various disciplines. The social context has also changed a lot during the past two decades. The issues of environmental quality have come into prominence for urban residents, the need for natural environment, the humanisation of open spaces and a more environmentally conscious urban design have fostered the development of the profession.
However, for having a successful and result-oriented open space design in the future, it would be important to clarify the problematic issues, especially the pitfalls related to the management of public transport, the status of public utilities, and the uses of surface areas. The architectural and landscape design solutions are often overridden by unduly rigid” technical specifications”, standards or legal interpretations, which limited the opportunities for putting across the interests of public space users (citizens), and for providing a livable environment and design. We still can’t talk about the representativity of open spaces and streets in a context where the creation of design, great appearance and the resulting feel of comfort and livable environment has objective drawbacks, and becomes a marginal duty of the planner. This is for instance an issue to improve and to develop substantially in the future.