location: budapest, hungary
firstly some background knowledge. csepel is an island on the river danube, situated close to the historical budapest. it was an industrial area from the beginning of the 20th century, and in the 1950s it became a shining comet of socialist industry. not an accident that it is usually called ‘red’ csepel, referring to the communist roots.
and the workers needed accommodation. there were built many types of housing unit during forty years of socialism, so the area has a diverse and colorful stock of socialist buildings. there are stalinistic buildings from the 1950s.
there are moderate modernist ones from 1960s, with lower number of levels, from cast concrete.
there are over dimensioned housing estates from the 1970s, with huge no man’s lands and depressing grey blocks.
as well, there are many examples of panel rehabilitation program, which tries to repair mistakes of original planning, and improve quality of life in these areas.
(new clothes and old clothes)
and there are facades which are colorful in themselves without any rehabilitation.
finally there are some which are exciting because of their spatial features.
this is poetry.