urb.tdk 2020 / Scientific

The annual Student Research Societies Conference (TDK) is an independent science or art project competition, where the projects are prepared by students with consultants and presented to the jury at the TDK conference series. Besides being a field of scientific competition it is also an important step towards doctoral education so it is recommended for students being oriented towards such higher education. The scientific papers analyse a research question, following a consistently built, logical methodology. The length of the papers are about 25-30 pages with references together. The forms of the artworks are free, but they must be developed together with the consultants. This year the project submission is in October, and the conference will be held in November 2020.

This year the Student Research Societies Conference call at the Department of Urban Planning and Design builds on the concept of “CHANGING CLIMATES” – when we announced this year’s departmental thematic framework at the end of 2019, we had no idea that research would come home … The future has begun, and while climate change remains a major issue in our lives, changing social and economic climates due to the viral situation its effects have come to the fore for all of us. The Department of Urban Planning and Design examines the issue of “Changing Climates” through architecture in its 2020 TDK call. The new paradigm of social distancing also poses new challenges to the interpretation of architectural and urban space, the role of creators and designers: online everyday life, community participation and changing public spaces raise topical questions for architectural research:

What are the effects of changing climate, social, economic climates for architecture and urban architecture? What methods and tools can we use to respond to the challenges as an architect or urban planner? How can our community spaces be adapted to the changed conditions of social coexistence? What new opportunities are there for community participation in the time of the new paradigm of social distancing?

The questions are also related to the current research topics of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, the names of the supervisors and the topics related to the framework topic can be read below as inspiration. In consultation with the instructors, it is also possible to develop individual topics. We are waiting for your topic suggestions and short abstracts!

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Preliminary application until June 29, 2020 with a short summary abstract with a planned title and short description of the topic, up to 600 characters. Upload the abstracts in pdf format as firstname_lastname_shorttopictitel by June 29, 2020 here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/zyhIZqTGnbhvMARxZ5UF

György Alföldi , Olívia Kurucz

Extreme Urbanism, Placamaking

Árpád Szabó

Resilence of urban forms

Urban density and social distancing

Julianna Szabó, Annamária Babos

Measuring the sustainability of community housing projects – a case study

Concept competition in Great Britain / France / Netherlands / etc. – case study

Domonkos Wettstein

Landscapes and climates / regional architectural strategies

The “big numbers” in tiny scales / the architecture of holiday homes and recreational landscapes

There is no big picture without details / different positions and visions in the community space

20th century modern architecture and the new challenges of the heritage


If you have your own topic idea, find the instructor who fits you and contact him / her!


Further information / departmental TDK organizer:
Domonkos Wettstein