New e-book by the Department of Urban Planning and Design (editor: Melinda Benkő)

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The bi-annual DOCONF series provides a comparative overview of current doctoral research in architecture, urban design, urban planning, and landscape architecture focusing on the urban challenges related to the inherited physical – built and natural – environment of post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and post-Soviet Asia. The organizers, the BME Department of Urban Planning and Design, and the Foundation for Urban Design wish to promote international cooperation facilitating academic network building for scholars active in these specific fields of research through meeting in-person to teach and learn from each other.

DOCONF2021 proposed six thematic sessions: mass housing neighborhoods, shrinking cities, the Fifties, resilience, re-collective, and leisurescapes. Each session was prepared, proofread, and moderated by members of the scientific board, who are university teachers, and in most cases also doctoral supervisors either at the BME Department of Urban Planning and Design, Budapest, at a university in another post-socialist city or in a Western country (see the call of sessions on pages 8-21).

DOCONF2021 featured successive sessions consisting of presentations and discussions. Even though 2021 has been strongly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairs, besides the Hungarian faculty of the hosting department, arrived from the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the USA. The 36 selected speakers, doctoral students, candidates, and post-doctoral researchers (holding a doctorate degree for less than 5 years at the time of the conference) study at various doctoral schools of architecture or planning in thirteen countries.

I believe that the DOCONF conference series is an important step towards learning about each other’s research fields, comparing research methods, giving presentations, and writing academic papers published in this open access e-Proceedings.
I would like to thank you all for being active in this year’s DOCONF experience, working on (preparing or proofreading) papers, presenting, and taking part in the discussions in Budapest, on October 8th and 9th, 2021. And last but not least, I would like to say a big thank you to my colleagues and students at the BME Department of Urban Planning and Design for their contribution to the success of DOCONF2021.
I hope that we continue the DOCONF series, this exceptional international doctoral meeting related to challenges of the post-socialist urban heritage.

Visit the website of the DOCONF series: doconf.architect.bme.huLink

See you in 2023!

Melinda Benkő