Transforming Budapest – CheckINN Revitalizátor panel assesses plans to revive brownfield sites


  • We Love Budapest

18/08/2022 1.02pm

More than two dozen proposals have been accepted by a panel of experts as part of the CheckINN Revitalizátor initiative to transform brownfield sites across Hungary. The project also involves the collaboration of Budapest’s prestigious design university, MOME. Specialists will select ten applicants and help develop their careers, while the two best proposals to revive once industrial or functional locations will each receive a prize of three million forints.

A total of 26 proposals are now being assessed as part of the CheckINN Revitalizátor initiative, a nationwide search for the most imaginative and practical ways to adapt and reuse specific locations that once had a functional role.

In all, five were accepted in the territory/plot category, 21 in the building section. Student teams from universities such as ELTE, METU, Corvinus, MOME and the Budapest University of Economics entered the competition.

Csepel island

Photo: Mudra László - We Love Budapest

In the first round, based on two-minute short films, ten tenders made it through, the sites including well-known Budapest locations such as the former Népgőz Baths, the loading bay at the Óbuda Gas Factory and the rust belt of Csepel island.

In the second round, the teams will be assisted by experts in tourism, architecture and design in developing a more detailed, 20-page concept. At the end, the two winners can use prize money of three million forints each to help kickstart their careers.

Millenáris Park

Photo: Hirling Bálint - We Love Budapest

There are many examples around Budapest of successful brownfield transformations, including Millenáris Park and the Northern Vehicle Repair Facility, now a rehearsal space for the Opera House.

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