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Publications / / 2017

Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe

6-7 October 2017, Budapest, Hungary

The second doctoral conference organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).

Throughout Europe, current urban challenges are posed by large-scale ensembles of modernity as a result of post-war development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2017 is the second in a series of a doctoral / postdoctoral conference, to be organised on a biannual basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral research into the physical – built and natural – environment within Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Practical Info


Department of Urban Planning and Design
Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)
Műegyetem rkp. 3. 2nd floor 10, Budapest, Hungary

Detailed programme:

6th Oct / BME K210
9.00 – 9:30 opening
Benkő, Melinda / H
Meggyesi, Tamás / H
Glendinning, Miles / UK
moderators: TICHY David / Cz – BENKŐ Melinda / H title of the lecture case study from
9:30 Jovanović, Jelica / A-Srb Mass Heritage of New Belgrade: HOUSING LABORATORY and so much more Belgrade
9:45 Gurdon, Balázs / H The Changing Role of the Mass Housing Neighbourhoods in Shrinking Post-Socialist Industrial Cities CEE
10:00 Antonić, Branislav (Dr. Eva Vaništa Lazarević) / Srb Decentralised Housing Policy in Socialist Yugoslavia and its Imprint in Multi-family Neighbourhoods Vojvodina Region
10:15 Novakovic, Nevena / Bih Configurational Approach to Revitalisation of Public Life in Mass Housing Neigghbourhoods Banja Luka
10:30 Horák, Peter / Sk Urban Fabric of Bratislava after 2nd World War Bratislava
11:00 Gurgenidze, Tinatin / Geor The Post-Soviet Mass Housing Neighbourhood Gldani In Tbilisi Tbilisi
11:15 Faurisson, Florian / F Towards a Participative Renovation of Bulgarian Communist Housings Varna
11:30 Otrishchenko, Natalia / Ukr (Re)defining Places for Community in Sykhiv Housing Estate Lviv
11:45 Carević, Marina, Medenica, Ranka / Srb Functional Diversification of Post-war Neighbourhoods Novi Sad
12:00 Görner, Karol / Sk Slovak Housing Estates and the Accessibility of the Key Amenities Banska Bystrica
12:15 summary
moderators: VITKOVA Lubica / Sk – SZABÓ Árpád / H
14:00 Wettstein, Domonkos / H Modern Leisurescapes in Erosion: Lesson of the Changing Development Concepts in the Balaton Region (1958-1978) Balaton Region
14:15 Napieralska, Zuzanna / Pl Post-war Single Family Settlements from Wrocław: Analysis of their Urban Planning and Present State Wroclaw
14:30 Špirić, Ana / Srb Industrial Geography in the Function of Industrial Landscape Transformation Bosnia and Herzegovina
14:45 Wójcik, Agnieszka M.  / Pl Rzeszów Landscape in Years 1945-1989 Rzeszów
15:00 Stojanović, Iva Raič  / Cr Parallel Approaches to Post-War Urban Reconstruction in Socialist Croatia Sibenik
15:15 Vassiliev, Nikolai / Ru Sotsgorod in Post-war Soviet Urban Landscape URSS
15.30 summary
16.15 – 18.00 URBAN SPACE FOR REUSE 
moderators: KANTAREK Agata / Pl – SZABÓ Árpád / H
16:15 Kos, Lukáš / Cz Brno Regional Centre: „New Heart of the 20th Century City“ Brno
16:30 Maraš, Ivana  / Srb Reclaming the Square: the Right to Public Space Novi Sad
16:45 Habibija, Senada Demirović  / Bih Rethinking the Urban space – Case Study Mostar Mostar
17:00 Cvetković, Marija, Dinkić, Nikola (Dr. Aleksandra Djukić, Dr. Jugoslav Joković) / Srb Post_Socialist Shopping Mall as New Gathering Places Belgrade
17:15 Vicherková, Veronika / Cz The Story of TRANSGAS: the Post-war Monument or a Building Plot Prague
17:30 Hory, Gergely / H Ephemeral Metamorphosis of the City: Bulky Waste Collection in Budapest Budapest
17:45 summary
19:00 URBAN GROUND V / Építész Pince
7th Oct / BME K210  
9:00 – 12:00 DANUrB / HERITAGE
moderators: KÁDÁR Bálint / H – DJUKIC Aleksandra / Srb
9:00 Maric, Jelena (Dr. Aleksandra Djukic) / Srb Connecting Centre of Belgrade with Danube and Sava Riverfronts: to Increase Attractiveness Belgrade
9:15 Balla, Regina / H The Impact of Post-War Housing Development on Morphological Changes in Paks Paks
9:30 Urban, Ján, Lacková, Andrea / Sk How (not) to Design a Landscape? Process of Planning Before, During, after the Waterworks Gabcsikovo
9:45 Škorić, Stefan, Milinković, Aleksandra, Brkljač, Dijana / Srb Reconnection Possibilities of Socialist Neighbourhoods to the Adjacent Danube River in Novi Sad Novi Sad
10:00 Jász, Borbála / H Hidden Modernism: Architecture Theory of the Socialist Realist Gap Hungary
10:30 Mysak, Nataliia / Ukr (Post-)ideological Mass Housing Landscape: in Search of Preservation Approaches Lviv
10:45 Dokaj, Romina (Dr. Yunitsyna, Anna) / Alb Palaces of Culture: Architectural Heritage of the Communist Period in Albania Albania
11:00 Zlatinova-Pavlova, Veneta  / Bg Post-War Urban Monuments: Exploring their Impact on the Publics Places in Bulgaria Bulgaria
11:15 Tóth, Gábor / H The Nature of the Towers: the Ever-Changing Cityscape in Post-War Hungary Hungary
11:30 Tomić, Vesna / Srb Chances for ‘’Creative City’’ Turn – Planning Belgrade Belgrade
11:45 summary
14:00 study trip for lecturers

Detailed programme (pdf)

Travel information:

Public transport
72-hour Budapest travel cards are recommended to buy

Arrival: Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport (BUD)
Airport Shuttle 100E

Accommodation (proposals):

The BME university campus is situated on the Buda side, in the historic city centre of Budapest with good public transport connections (metro M4, tram 17,19, 41, 47, 49, 56, bus 7, 133)
Find hotels, hostels, apartments using booking or Airbnb around Szent Gellért tér, Fővám tér, Egyetem tér or Kálvin tér.


Main Conference Topics

The doctoral conference series is dedicated to post-war (after 1945) urban heritage in Central and Eastern Europe focusing on the main research topics of the department. In order to compare different perspectives, we welcome papers examining the physical environment under the following sessions:
– mass housing neighbourhood
– urban fabric and landscape transformation
– urban space for reuse

Considering the three main conference topics/sessions, we are interested in different research methodologies: theoretical frameworks, comparative studies, morphological case studies, historic approach, research by design methodology, etc.

We seek contributions that (i) test the post-war heritage positions in the changing ideological context after the fall of the Iron Curtain, (ii) investigate the mutual impact of the spatial turn and the critique of functionalism on urbanity, or (iii) examine the role of post-Communist legacy in the formation of new identities.

In addition to theoretical questions, we wish to find pragmatic approaches when responding to the new challenges of sustainability and determining what kind of protection tool-kit is capable of addressing large-scale ensembles problems. Our aim is to discover special similarities and dissimilarities within the Central and Eastern European physical environment, discuss a wide range of options (from preservation to sustainable renewal processes) and create a network of doctoral researchers. Nevertheless, some presentation of the DOCONF17 can be related to DANUrB Interreg Project (2017-19) led by the BME’s Department of Urban Planning and Design.

Full Paper Information

Full paper submisson: 31 July  / after that we will finish the publishing process.

Please follow the Style Guide instructions: download in pdf

Please, to prepare the study book in good printing quality, send your illustration in a separate file in 300 dpi, jpg format, min. size 1000 pixels.

For communication, use the following address:

Participation at the conference is free of charge

Participation at the conference is free of charge (one-and-a-half-day conference at the BME and half-day study trip in Budapest). The travel to Budapest, accommodation, conference lunches and dinners should be paid by participants.


Full papers (minimum 4 and maximum 6 pages) will be published in the conference proceedings (e-book format with ISSN number).

deadline: 31 July 2017

Conference Language

The official language of the conference is English.

Conference Organiser

The doctoral conference series “Facing Post-War Urban Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe” is organised by the Department of Urban Planning and Design Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics:

Scientific Board

György ALFÖLDI DLA (Department of Urban Planning and Design, BME, Hungary)
Melinda BENKŐ PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, BME, Hungary)
Alexandra DJUKIC PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Urban Design, University of Beograd, Serbia)
András FERKAI DSc (Institute for Theoretical Studies, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest, Hungary)
Mariann FONYÓDI PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, BME, Hungary)
Miles GLENDINNING PhD (Docomomo ISC U+L, University of Edinburgh)
Anna Agata KANTAREK DSc, PhD (Division of Urban Spaces,Institute of Urban Design Faculty of Architecture,Cracow University of Technology, Poland)
Béla KERÉKGYÁRTÓ PhD (Department of Philosophy and History of Science, BME, Hungary)
Kornélia KISSFAZEKAS PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, BME, Hungary)
Kinga M. SZILÁGYI PhD (Department of Garden and Open Space Design, Szent István University, H)
Tamás MEGGYESI DSc (Department of Urban Planning and Design, BME, Hungary)
Sándor PÁLFY DLA (Department of Urban Planning and Design, BME, Hungary)
István SCHNELLER PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, Szent István University, Hungary)
Árpád SZABÓ DLA (Department of Urban Planning and Design, BME, Hungary)
Julianna SZABÓ PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, BME, Hungary)
David TICHÝ PhD (Atelier Kohout, Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University in Prague, Cz)
Endre VÁNYOLOS DLA (Department of Urban Planning, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Lubica VITKOVA PhD (Institute of Urban Design and Planning, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovak Republic)

Organizing Committee

Chairwoman: Melinda BENKŐ PhD / BME
Study trip: Bálint KÁDÁR PhD / BME
Secretary: Domonkos WETTSTEIN / BME


BME Faculty of Architecture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Standing Comittee of Urban Studies (MTA Településtudományi Állandó Bizottsága), Városépítészetért Alapítvány, a Docomomo International ISC U+L, Danurb
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Site of the conference:


DOCONF is between the actual Docomomo events

For the previous conference, see DOCONF2015:

Published papers of the previous doconf event:
In the Journal Periodica Polytechnica Architecture:

Host Institute Address:

Department of Urban Planning and Design
Faculty of Architecture, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

1111 Budapest, Muegyetem rkp. 3. K. II/93
phone: +36(1)463-1319