At the invitation of János Golda, Dániel Kovács, Attila Csóka and Szabolcs Molnár presented the Othernity project to the students and masters of ÉME Master School on 13th December at the headquarters of the Association of Hungarian Architects.

The Master School (MÉSZ Master School, ÉME Master School), a two-year long postgraduate course in architecture, has been present in Hungary since 1953. Between 1957 and 1992 the Association of Hungarian Architects (MÉSZ) was responsible for its operation and since 1992 it is the Association of Master Architects (ÉME).



Dániel Kovács held a presentation about the concept of Othernity at the Tschechisches Zentrum in Berlin.

Photo: Kun Liang

Here you can find the podcast of Dániel Kovács's presentation (40:20-50:10) and the round table (50:16-97:48).

Focusing primarily on politically prominent post-war public investment projects in the former state-socialist countries Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia (also called the Visegrad Group), the evening explored where the state’s ambitions of power and the architects’ creative ideas connected and where they clashed. How is the society’s relationship to these buildings and how is each of the Visegrad countries handling this heritage from the socialist era?

The rapid demise of this architecture in recent years as a result of dramatic redevelopment and radical demolitions has prompted unprecedented action on the part of the professional community and academic sphere. Therefore the project also tracked the current condition of post-war architecture.

On the occasion of this discussion a small exhibition Iconic Ruins? tracing the evolution of socialist architecture in the countries of the Visegrad Group are showed. The buildings presented in the exhibition’s photographs were grouped into various typological categories, which include culture, media, education, business, international representation (hotels), sports, infrastructure, administration, and public administration.

Photo: Kun Liang


  • Petr Vorlík (CZ), architect and architecture historian. Co-curator of the Iconic ruins? exhibition. He works in the Department of Theory and History of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague.
  • Peter Szalay (SK), architecture historian and theoretician. He works as a researcher at the Department of Architecture, Institute of History at the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava.
  • Ania Cymer (PL), architecture historian and journalist. She is the author of the book Architektura w Polsce 1945 - 1989 (Architecture in Poland 1945 - 1989) and co-curator of the Iconic ruins? exhibition.
  • Dániel Kovács (HU), art historian, architectural critic, chief editor of Epiteszforum.hu and curator of the Hungarian Pavilion at the 17. International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
  • Bettina Güldner (DE), art and design historian, curator of art and design exhibitions.


2019.11.16. – LONG TIME NO CEE EVENT

As part of the workshop, the event „Long time no CEE” was held at KÉK - Contemporary Architecture Centre. During the program the participants presented their architectural office and the current state of their work prepared for the Biennale.

Cover: Marcell Kazsik

What kind of common and unique dilemmas, working methods are typical of the region's architects? Is there a shared, regional identity in Central and Eastern Europe? How does the built environment influence contemporary architecture? What is the best way to interact with our architectural heritage and how is it possible to live along with it?

In 2020, based on the decision of the organizing Ludwig Museum Budaptest, the Venice Architecture Biennale’s Hungarian Pavilion is going to present "Otherity. Reconditioning our Modern Heritage", a project by curator Dániel Kovács and the curatorial team of Attila Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár and Dávid Smiló, architects and founders of Paradigma Ariadné. Through their concept they are seeking to find out what lessons could be learn from the often disputed and in many ways obsolete heritage of architectural modernism. They asked 12 architecture offices to redesign 12 iconic modern buildings of Budapest. The plans offer alternatives to reconcile past and future architecture.

Photo: Dániel Kovács

But what do the architects have in common? Among other things they are all young and have their own studio. They primarily work for the local, national market but they follow international tendencies which is easily noticeable based on their experimental plans and on the fresh visual language they have. They furthermore understand the dilemmas concerning the CEE’s architectural heritage. During the event 10 of the project’s participating architecture offices introduced themselves and presented the current status of their plans for the Biennale. The performers showed 20-20 slides, each one for 20 seconds.


A-A Collective (Poland / Denmark / Switzerland)
Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop (Hungary)
BUDCUD (Poland)
b210 (Estonia)
KONNTRA (Slovenia / North Macedonia / Croatia)
MADA (Serbia)
Paradigma Ariadné (Hungary)
PLURAL (Slovakia)
Vojtěch Rada (Czech Republic)
Studio Act (Romania)

The presentation was part of the international workshop held in 15-17 November in Budapest. The workshop was kindly supported by the Association of Hungarian Architects, the Czech Centre, the Estonian Institute, the Polish Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Slovak Institute.


2019.11.15-17. – WORKSHOP IN BUDAPEST

Between 15-17th November 2019 the preparation workshop of the Venice Architecture Biennale's Hungarian Pavilion has taken place in Budapest. 10 architectural studios came together from, among others, Tallin, Bucharest, Belgrade and Prague to improve the international, collaborated exhibition.

Photo: József Rosta, Ludwig Museum

It was in April 2019 that the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art announced the curatorial competition for the Hungarian Pavilion of Venice Architecture Biennale. In this August the jury, led by Julia Fabényi, chose the project of curator Dániel Kovács and the curatorial team, Attila Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár and Dávid Smiló, "Othernity. Reconditioning our Modern Heritage" as a winner. The concept invites 12 architectural studios from CEE to redesign 12 modern buildings of Budapest, combining the region's shared historical experience with the fresh knowledge of young and internationally aware architects.

Out of the 12 participant offices 10 took part in the workshop: A-A Collective (Poland / Denmark / Switzerland), Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop (Hungary), BUDCUD (Poland), b210 (Estonia), KONNTRA (Slovenia / North Macedonia / Croatia), MADA (Serbia), Paradigma Ariadné (Hungary), PLURAL (Slovakia), Vojtěch Rada (Czech Republic) and Studio Act (Romania). [Two of the invited studios, RLOALUARNAD (Estonia / UK) and MNPL WORKSHOP (Ukraine) couldn't participate in the event in Budapest.]

As part of the workshop the foreign architects coming over to Budapest got to visit the buildings which they will redesign, then during a public event at KÉK - Contemporary Architecture Centre they had the chance to present their works and their studio to the audience. During the intensive workshop-days the 22 architects developed detailed ideas for the projects to be exhibited. These plans were presented by them to the invited guests: Katharina Roters artist, András Weiszkopf (BME Faculty of Architecture) and the curators of the Viennese MAGAZIN architectural gallery, Jerome Becker and Matthias Moroder. The three-day long collaborated work was effective and passed in a good mood. Further discussions will be made online; according to the plans the next meeting will be in May 2020, at the opening ceremony of the Biennale.

The program was organized by the Othernity team (Dániel Kovács, Attila Csóka, Szabolcs Molnár, Dávid Smiló, Laura Sütöri) and the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art. The workshop is kindly supported by the Association of Hungarian Architects, the Czech Centre Budapest, the Estonian Institute, the Polish Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Slovak Institute in Budapest.



Dániel Kovács and Dávid Smiló (Paradigma Ariadné) gave a presentation at Pecha Kucha Budapest with the title "Othernity - The Hungarian Pavilion of Venice Architecture Biennale 2020".

Photo: Gergely Schöff

Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format where architects, designers, creative minds show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the presenter talk along to the images. The first event was initiated in Tokyo in 2003 and by now Pecha Kucha is happening in over 1000 cities around the world. Dynamic presentations are given on completed or ongoing projects of architecture, urban innovation, fine arts, applied art or experimental project adhering to the internationally applied rules. Since 2006 Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre - KÉK offers the opportunity for architects and designers to showcase their work in Budapest.