The Budapest Design Meetup Vol. 16. – Danube Day Special

In June the Danube is topic so summer’s first meetup is all about the river. We gathered six projects from different areas like urban planning, environmental protection, education or public art, which draw the attention to the values and opportunities of the Danube. We also invited architect François Decoster, who will inspire us by speaking of a possible rehabilitation plan of the Seine. To match the venue to the occasion, this time we invite you to the exhibition space at A38 on the last Friday of June at 8 p.m.

Venue: A38, Petőfi bridge Buda side
Date: 24th June 2011. Friday, 8 p.m.

Presenters:

Edit Bárd – environmental education in the Danube Museum – www.dunamuzeum.hu
Miklós Tömör (Valyo) – marked urban hiking trail along the Danube – www.facebook.com/valyovalyo
Ádám Kobrizsa – Urban Space Workshop presentation – www.urbanspacews.eu
Gábor Figeczky – “Szabadság”- island rehabilitation –  www.wwf.hu
Michael Aschauer – Danube Panorama Project – http://m.ash.to
François Decoster – Paris and the Seine, urban replanning- www.laucparis.com

Edit Bárd – environmental education in the Danube Museum
Reminiscences of the river tell a lot about the story of the region and the whole country, and they also help us to understand that changes happening in the river or it’s banks have a much wider spread impact than we would think. The educational program of the Danube Museum opened in 2001 in Esztergom wants to shape young people’s thoughts to give the protectable values and environmental consciousness a bigger importance.

Miklós Tömör (Valyo) – marked urban hiking trail along the Danube
The aim of the young participants in the City and River group and their Danube hiking trail is to bring people closer to the Danube by using easily accessible tools. “ We would like the city to be a link to the water, the nature; the citizens to feel like their city and their river belongs to them; for the Danube to be on the mental map of the local people. We want to overwrite the current image of the Danube bank. We want people to be able to use the Danube.”

Ádám Kobrizsa – Urban Space Workshop presentation
What can one together with 40 young adults do for the Danube in 10 days? – talk about it, get to know it, learn what the big river means to the city and make smart designs. What is the aim of an international youth exhange program? – learning together, understanding eachother’s culture and viewpoints, teamwork and good experiences. What has been made during the 10 days of the Urban Space Workshop? – new connections, mixed teams’ plans and ideas to draw attention to the Danube.

Figeczky Gábor – Freedom-island rehabilitation
It is very important to save the Freedom-island, because nowadays there are no new islands forming on the Danube. This rehabilitation project on the tributary of the Danube moves the water-conduit from the inside of the barrage under the watercourse so thus opens the barrage and lets the Danube flow in its former line. The valuable habitat created by the project will be a sandy-pebbly, slowly flowing riverarm again, where the conditions are perfect for the nature and also the watersports can be practiced and kids can learn swimming.

Michael Aschauer – Danube Panorama project
The Danube Panorama Project is an experimental approach in photographic mapping and cartography. Its vision is to produce a huge panorama of the Danube’s river sides by digitally Slit-scanning its Coastlines, resulting in a unique ‘cross section’ of Europe. The panoramic images are captured with a slit- or line-scan camera (implemented by custom software) mounted onto a moving vessel. This creates a unique representation and perspective. Additionally the material is geo-referenced via GPS, other sensors might be included in future.

François Decoster – Paris and the Seine, urban repdevelopment- www.laucparis.com
The Seine River is a structuring element of Greater Paris’ geography and metropolitan landscape. Even if the Seine has kept its natural qualities on large portions of its banks, it has also always been a main economic and industrial development corridor with the installation, down or upstream from Paris, of factories, port facilities, water treatment or power plants, riverside expressways, business districts (including La Defense)… All cities along the Seine are now trying to readdress the river with urban redevelopment projects that, if somehow coordinated, could progressively turn it from a utilitarian space into a “meta public space” at the scale of the whole metropolis, a shared space for its entire population.

Entry free, RSVP: www.tinyurl.com/danubemeetup

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