Face, Pool, Two Towers and Ruin Exhibition - Beta Competition
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Face, Pool, Two Towers and Ruin Exhibition

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Modernist housing estates are rejected, just as the Haszkovó housing estate in the city of Veszprém, Hungary. Their stories are understood as the stories of failed urban developments, they are grey, sad and soulless. Can something be soulless and grey which gives home to 20.000 inhabitants? Instead of let our prejudices to drive our view on modernist housing estates, is that possible to reconsider our relation and think about them as “real cities” and to complete them with creative ideas? This collaborative project of five studios apply the concept of “urban artifact” which was established by the Italian architect Aldo Rossi in his 1966 book, The Architecture of the City. The urban artifact is an element that is characterised first and foremost not by its function, but by its identity and context. It is strongly tied to the history of the city, which continuously shapes it, and thus, a complex-stratified, nearly artistic object, filled with meaning and pointing beyond itself, appears in the fabric of the city. Rossi’s conception of this is a reversal of the Modernist approach, according to which the new architecture defines the city, and not that the city defines the new architecture. On the occasion of Veszprém Design Week of 2019 this collaborative project invited the visitors to experience a possible way to change the current state of Haszkovó with the help of five portable and durable urban artifacts. These five objects will serve as playful, outdoor furniture and their architectural quality also helps us to see Haszkovó as something similar like a lovely historical downtown in any historical cities. In Veszprém downtown for instance these objects are common, they are the places “where we meet before having party” or places “where we had our first kiss”. The ‘Fire Look Out Tower’, the ‘Statue of Zsuzsi’ or the ‘Clock’ are also well known as identically fulfilled pieces of the urban environment in Veszprém downtown. This project give a chance to define unique objects in Haszkovó which are also able to be fulfilled identically in the future. This exhibition invited five other emerging studios and architects from Greece, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Hungary to present the problem of urban artifacts this year. In parallel with the installation a complete audio guide were presented during the exhibition that introduced the circumstances and cultural framework of this project. One piece of audio guide was made and attached to each installation and they are available in English and Hungarian at haszkovo.eu

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Paradigma Ariadné is a Budapest based design studio to create extraordinary architecture and related contents, through applying theory, imagination and narration based design processes. The studio was founded in 2016 by Attila Róbert Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár and Dávid Smiló. Clients of Paradigma Ariadné include individuals, institutions, companies, and local governments as well, to provide them outstanding ideas and solutions wherever processes require architecture-related knowledge. Paradigma Ariadné is co-curator of Hungarian Pavilion at Venice Biennale of Architecture 2021 together with Dániel Kovács. Previously Paradigma Ariadné took part in several exhibitions to display their works in Budapest, Venice, Warsaw, Vienna and Ohio State, USA.