DOCONF 2019:Lecturers / papers of the international DOCONF2019 on 4-5 Oct

New publication by the Department for Urban Planning and Design
(editor: Melinda Benko)

DOCONF2019, this two-day international conference entitled “Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage”, is the third in a series of doctoral conferences to be organized on a bi-annual basis, which will provide a comparative overview of current doctoral urban topics and research methods in architecture and planning. The proceedings publish the full papers of the presented and discussed doctoral research during DOCONF2019 in Budapest.

The conference is a partnership between urb/bme and the International Specialist Committee on Urbanism and Landscape (ISC U + L) of DOCOMOMO, the leading international network for the documentation and conservation of the modernist heritage. Thanks for the Future Fund of the Faculty of Architecture BME, the support of French Institut in Budapest, and the Erasmus+ program, this year the Chairs, besides the teachers of the hosting Hungarian department, arrived from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Russia.

Program proposal of the international DOCONF2019 on 4-5 Oct


Conference Program Proposal (the sequence of lectures will still be rearranged based on the conceptual aspects of the sections)

4th October 2019

8:30-9:00         REGISTRATION

9:00-9:30         INTRODUCTION – prof. György ALFÖLDI, habil. DLA, Melinda BENKŐ, habil. PhD, prof. Miles GLENDINNING, habil. PhD


9:30-12:30 / SESSION 1 / planning theory

presentations and discussion moderated by: prof. Miles GLENDINNING, habil. PhD, Árpád SZABÓ DLA, prof. Lubica VITKOVA, habil. PhD

Hlib ANTYPENKO – Budapest (HUN / UKR) Kharkiv Housing Estates – Socialist Past and Post-Socialist Present

Lilit BABAYAN – Jerevan (ARM) – Residential Cluster Redevelopment of Post-Soviet Mass Housing
Neighbourhoods in Armenia

Irina FEDCHENKO PhD – Krasnoyarsk (RUS) The evolution of the Microdistrict Idea in Russia: From Tradition to Newest Demands

Dániel KISS PhD – Zürich (CHE / HUN) Tensions of Socialist Urbanization and its Post-Socialist Consequences

Jana KUBÁNKOVÁ – Prague (CZE) European Lessons of Housing Estates Urban Renewal – Deriving Spatial Toolkit

Dmitry KUZNETSOV – Tokyo (JPN / F) City in the First Phase of the Cold War: the Soviet Approach in the Global Discourse, 1940s-50s

Nikolas ROGGE – Karlsruhe (GER) Phases of Transition – Large Settlements in East Germany

Teodora UNGUREANU, Gabriela IORDACHE – Bucharest (ROM) Mass Housing Neighbourhoods in Romania. Through the Lens of Healthy Urbanism


15:00-18:00 / SESSION 2 / mass housing neighbourhood

presentations and discussion moderated by: Melinda BENKŐ, habil. PhD, prof. Richard KLEIN HDR, habil. PhD, David TICHY, habil. PhD

Azmah ARZMI  Weimar (GER /GBR/ MAL) Different Approaches to Transportation Networks in the GDR and ČSS

Regina BALLA – Budapest (HUN) Methodology of an Exploratory Research: Border Situations in Post-War Large Housing Estates

Borjan BRANKOV – Belgrade (SRB) Possible Temporary Use of Common Area in Multi-Family Housing in Serbia

Florian FAURISSON – Toulouse (FRA / BEL) Through postcommunist Bulgaria : Discovering the Communist Mass Housing Heritage

Klavdiia KAMALOVA – Krasnoyarsk (RUS) Housing Estates Transformation Depending on Functional Context: Case Study in Krasnoyarsk

Kristýna SCHULZOVÁ – Prague( CZE) The Challenge of Extending Panel House Loggia on Neighborhood Level

Knarik STEPANYAN PhD – Yerevan (ARM) Yerevan City Master Plan Development-Iron Curtain Period in Regard


5th October 2019

9:00-12:00 / SESSION 3 / urban space for reuse

presentations and discussion moderated by: Willemijn Wilms FLOET, habil. PhD, Bálint KÁDÁR PhD, Anna Agata KANTAREK DSc, PhD, prof. Irina KUKINA PhD

Annamária BABOS – Budapest (HUN) Werkpalast CoHousing, Case Study of Collective Reuse of Prefabricated Building

Iana CHUI – Krasnoyarsk (RUS) The Development of Public Spaces in a Post-Socialist City Influenced
by Public-private Partnerships

Cedric DUPUIS – Toulouse (FRA) Transformation of Mass Housing in Toulouse, Actors and Project Culture

Karolína FALLADOVÁ – Prague (CZE) Development of Energy Standards of Housing in the Czech Republic

Iuliia FRANTSEVA – Karlsruhe (GER / UKR) Mass Housing Areas Revitalization: Public Activity Aspect

Michal MAJEWSKI – Wroclaw (POL) Microarchitecture as a Method of Sustainable Shaping Public Space in Cities

Filip ZAMIATNIN – Lodz (POL) Wrocław’s New Market – A Disharmonious Connection of Old and New


13:00-16:00 / SESSION 4 / landscape transformation

presentations and discussion moderated by: prof. Barbara ENGEL, habil. PhD, Julianna SZABÓ PhD, Endre VÁNYOLOS DLA

Branislav ANTONIĆ PhD – Belgrade (SRB) The Urban Imprint of Post-socialist Projects in the Multi-family Housing of Cities in Vojvodina: between Regional Fundamentals and Local Strategies

Tímea CSABA – Pécs (HUN) Segregated Neighbourhoods and their Intergation Attempts: Revisiting Pécs-Kelet

Alexandra Diana DINCĂ – Bucharest (ROM) What Happens with the Mining Colonies from Former Industrial Cities?

Maja BABIC – Ann Arbor (USA / ALB) Above the Bunkers: The Architectural Transformations of Tirana

Vera IVÁNCSICS – Budapest (HUN) Changing Urban Periphery after Socialism within Veszprém

Mladen STILINOVIC – Ghent (BEL / BIH) Post-militarised Spaces in Post-Socialist Cities : the case of the military domain in Bitola

Domonkos WETTSTEIN PhD – Budapest (HUN) After the Fall: Unclad Modernity on a Four Season Leisurescape



Abstracts arrived from: 







Facing Post-Socialist Urban Heritage

4-5 October 2019, Budapest, Hungary
The third international doctoral / postdoctoral 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-WWII development on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The urb/doconf 2019 is the third 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 post-socialist cities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and post-soviet Asia.
Those invited include doctoral researchers – doctoral students, candidates or post-doctoral researchers (maximum five years after obtaining the doctorate degree) – specializing in architecture, urban design, urban planning or landscape architecture. The BME Department of Urban Planning and Design wishes to promote cooperation among doctoral institutions, building up a network for future generations of scholars through their specific fields of research related to post-socialist urban heritage.

Main Conference Topics

The doctoral conference series is dedicated to post-WWII (after 1945) urban heritage of post-socialist cities 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:

  1. mass housing neighbourhood
  2. urban space for reuse
  3. waterside urban fabric and landscape transformation

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-socialist 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 physical environment of post-socialist cities, discuss a wide range of options (from preservation to sustainable renewal processes) and create a network of doctoral researchers.



Full papers (using 4 pages-long template) will be published in the conference proceedings (e-book format with ISBN number). The official language of the conference is English.
The template will be published after the acceptance of abstracts.

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 (proposed travel days are the 3rd and 6th October), accommodation, conference lunches and dinners should be paid by participants.
For the previous DOCONF conference, see

Conference Organiser

Department of Urban Planning and Design, Faculty of Architecture (FA), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME):
Chair: Melinda BENKŐ PhD habil / BME
Secretary: Domonkos WETTSTEIN PhD / BME

Scientific Board

György ALFÖLDI DLA habil (Department of Urban Planning and Design, FA-BME, H)
Melinda BENKŐ PhD habil (Department of Urban Planning and Design, FA-BME, H)
Alexandra DJUKIC PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Urban Design, FA-University of Belgrade, SRB)
Barbara ENGEL PhD (Institute for Urban and Landscape Planning, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D)
Willemijn Wilms FLOET PhD (Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Technical University Delft, NL)
Mariann FONYÓDI PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, FA-BME, H)
Miles GLENDINNING PhD (Docomomo ISC U+L, University of Edinburgh, GB)
Bálint KÁDÁR PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, FA-BME, H)
Anna Agata KANTAREK DSc, PhD (Institute of Urban Design, FA-Cracow University of Technology, PL)
Kornélia KISSFAZEKAS PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, FA-BME, H)
Richard KLEIN HDR, PhD (ENSAP de Lille, Docomomo France)
Irina KUKINA PhD (Department of the Urban Design and Planning, Institute of Architecture and Design, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia)
Kinga M. SZILÁGYI PhD habil (Department of Garden and Open Space Design, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Szent István University, H)
Sándor PÁLFY DLA habil (Department of Urban Planning and Design, FA-BME, H)
István SCHNELLER PhD habil (Department of Urban Planning and Design, Szent István University, H)
Angelica STAN PhD (Urban and Landscape Design Department, Faculty of Urban Planning, “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest, RO)
Árpád SZABÓ DLA (Department of Urban Planning and Design, FA-BME, H)
Julianna SZABÓ PhD (Department of Urban Planning and Design, FA-BME, H)
David TICHÝ PhD (Atelier Kohout, FA-Czech Technical University in Prague, CZ)
Sandra TREIJA PhD (Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Riga Technical University, Latvia)
Endre VÁNYOLOS DLA (Department of Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, RO)
Lubica VITKOVA PhD (Institute of Urban Design and Planning, FA-Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, SK)

For questions please contacts:

BME Faculty of Architecture Future Fund Program (BME Építészmérnöki Kar Jövő Alap Program)
Foundation for Urban Design (Városépítészetért Alapítvány)
Institut français de Budapest (French Institute Budapest / Francia Intézet Budapest)

Docomomo International ISC U+L
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Standing Comittee of Urban Studies (MTA Településtudományi Állandó Bizottsága)