Contemporary Slovak Architecture uniting the modern and the organic


Thursday, 20 February 2020, 18.30

Contemporary Slovak Architecture uniting the modern and the organic

Contemporary Hungarian architects from across the border

lecturer: Andor Wesselényi-Garay architect, scientific associate the Hungarian Academy of Arts’ Research Institute of Art Theory and Methodology

Architecture, according to a common interpretation, is the zeitgeist encapsulated in physical space, a monument to social consciousness. This interpretation presupposes that there is a clear relationship between architecture and time periods, and therefore certain architectural details are derived directly from the spirit of the age (whatever that means), and conversely, certain characteristics that describe the era can be extrapolated from architectural design. Political and social changes in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which took place at approximately the same time, would thus indicate the existence of a cross-border architectural attitude that prevailed in the former area of the k. u. k. However, when we examine this on a case-by-case basis, we find that even functions closely linked to topography, such as wineries or places of transcendental value, such as churches, show enormous differences within the region.

The purpose of the audio-visual architectural lecture is to give an overview of the region’s architecture by presenting and explaining differences and similarities, while also explaining why Hungary’s architecture differs from the region and why Transylvanian architecture has become an independent phenomenon.  

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Upcoming spring lectures: Zoltán Bartal – March 26; Tamás Smidt – April 30.; Péter Pásztor – May 28