We aim to communicate decidedly positive events to the public, combating the negative tendencies in mass media: only bad news is news. It is our belief that styles don’t have a hierarchy, only rankings based on quality have raison d’etre.
An important goal of our programming is to avoid one-way communication and instead seek opportunities for feedback, debate and discussion.
The basis for FUGA ’s philosophy is the artistic, engineering and historic background of architecture, and the connection between these branches.
FUGA ’s programming and list of invited artists is not assembled with only the capital city in mind. Our attention extends to the entire country as well as to foreign architectural events. We aim to introduce as many leading figures, works or art and styles to our audience as we can.
The main guideline in choosing the architectural exhibits was to show ground-breaking works that affect the entire city, or at least a large part of it, and most of its citizens. Another guideline is to avoid showing only architectural drawings that would be difficult to interpret by the general public, but instead show the entire process of design from idea to building opening. It is our intent
to include the engineering sciences – as those most strongly intertwined with architecture.
Discussions related to the FUGA exhibits or other topics with architects, guest experts, and participants of the process from commission to construction, with prepared moderators, open to the general public. For appropriate topics, in addition to gallery openings and related forums we organize fieldtrips, ‘FUGA tours’, during which we gain access to ongoing construction sites for professionals and the interested public.
Live architecture appraisal
During the past decade an increasing number of new architecture appraisal forums have formed. FUGA provides opportunity once a month for live architecture appraisal. The subject of the assessment is usually a new, recently completed building, architectural artifact, but once in a while we will revisit an older but much discussed work. The chosen building will not necessarily have a related exhibition in FUGA’s gallery spaces, instead, another organization might host the relevant exhibit /thus ensuring the connection between these institutions/. The designers with show a presentation about their work, after which a layman from the city, and several seasoned architecture critics appraise it, followed by an opportunity for the architects to react.
In the storefront /The book store-coffee shop’s storefront will house appropriate programs. The title refers not only to the location, but the public nature of these events/
Chief architects’ club
Public discussion series between Budapest’s chief architect and the chief architects of the 23 districts of the city. From current local and regional topics to debates on drafted legislation, the series serves as a part of preparation for professional decisions regarding our built environment.
Urban planning discussions and workshops
Budapest’s chief architect along with guest experts offer up for debate topics in urban planning strategies that aim to bring out and strengthen the capital’s assets. Proposed topics are centered on the livability of the city: the fabric of the city, the architectural character of Budapest, neighborhood centers, cultural spaces and public spaces, sustainable Budapest program details, visual pollution, the park system of the capital, our great avenues.
City center workshops
Lecture series by Zoltán Cselovszki, chief architect of Center City-Lipótváros, on the city and its districts’ current architectural and urban planning topics.
Underground discussions – epiteszforum.hu
The Architectforum (Építészfórum) has held its popular series titled underground discussions in several venues over the past couple of years. The goal of the series is to more closely examine the technologies and methods used in smaller scale architecture projects and to show them in lectures,
debates and case studies that not only professionals but those interested in these topics /such as project commissioners, financiers, producers and inventor/ can find valuable. Starting from the concept of the autonym building /independent from large networks/ we segue into topics such as the passive building, green-façade, new and old local building materials, recycled architecture, classification systems, energy, or the question of ‘do-it-yourself’ methods.
The Architectforum asked Attila Ertsey, the developer of the autonym building and an expert with decades of experience on these topics, to curate the series.
FUGA architecture is directed by Bálint Nagy.