15. BUDAPEST ARCHITECTURE FILM FESTIVAL | GREETINGS
Dear Festival Guest, Lover of Architecture, Cities and Film,
The past few years have shaken the pillars of our world that we believed were secure. The pandemic, still ongoing in unperceived ways, broke the momentum of globalization, re-tuned the priorities of urban planning and gave new importance to urban life within short distances or the industrial and agricultural production based on short supply chains. The Russian invasion of Ukraine broke decades of peace in Europe, and the related energy crisis rewrote the order of importance in architecture and accelerated the process of conversion to sustainability. We are experiencing the hottest winters and driest summers of all time, and even the most hardcore climate sceptics face the effects of climate change every day. All these changes make us look at our cities and environment from a broader perspective in a larger time frame.
In this broader perspective, Budapest is relatively young. While the proud Hungarian and also European capital celebrating the 150th anniversary of its unification became a popular tourist destination, it faced previously unknown difficulties. Gentrification and marginalization of disadvantaged groups, housing crisis, private transport suffocating the city, the takeover of urban space by main geopolitical actors, and the denial and elimination of modern heritage are challenges against which Budapest has a chance only by learning from and cooperating with other big cities.
The 150th anniversary of the unification of Buda and Pest coincides with the 15th anniversary of the Budapest Architecture Film Festival. While maintaining its architectural focus in its name, our festival also embraced all the topics that define contemporary architecture today. Our films are concerned with issues of urbanism, city politics, ecology, transportation, technology, activism and societal transformation.
This year’s edition focuses on the problems of the 150-year-old Hungarian capital. The program includes memorable films from our past decade and a half, short films about Budapest, or films shot in other cities or landscapes that address Budapest’s biggest challenges. Ultimately we are looking for the answer to the following question: how do we want to live in the next 15 or 150 years?
Do you live in a building? Do you like movies? Celebrate the 150-year-old Budapest at the 15th Budapest Architecture Film Festival with us!
Have a great time watching our films!
GREETINGS BY GRAPHISOFT
Dear Festival Guest,
This year, along with the trade, the event also celebrates. It’s 15 years old, and what’s more, our capital is 150 years old, which is an opportunity to issue professional testimonies of young architects about architecture and urban planning in Budapest. Budapest will also have a rival, Copenhagen, the UNESCO World Capital of Architecture of the year, where sustainable urban planning is part of everyday reality.
There won’t be any short films about software developers in the program, but we are still involved in each work, as we provide digital solutions for designing. We are proud that our BIM software Archicad supports the architects to implement their clients’ visions, from family homes to Kuala Lumpur’s 118-storey skyscraper Merdeka.
Behind all this stands an exciting development process full of innovations. Our digitisation solutions have pulled architects out of isolation as we ensure real-time teamwork on a global level, and the designers can create their client’s dreams together with professional engineers. Thanks to the new construction regulations currently being prepared in Hungary, architects and engineers will enter the world of BIM work processes right after university. We, as BIM specialists, wish them every success. We continue to bring new solutions, and we are happy to greet everyone in the world of Graphisoft!
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