The Initiative for Dialog about the Palace held its constitutive meeting on March 27, 2015. It is the firm conviction of the organizers that a public debate and discussion on the government’s plans regarding Buda Castle and the former Royal Palace is necessary. As a first step, an open letter was written to the members of the Social Board of the National Hauszman Plan, demanding that officials share their plans concerning the Palace and the Castle with the professional community and the public. Next, the members of the Initiative for Dialog about the Palace plan to organize a public professional forum, entitled Blitz Conference on the Future of the Royal Palace. Members of the Social Board of the National Hauszman Plan, government officials in charge, professionals, and interested intellectuals are invited to publicly discuss plans and ideas at this event.
The Blitz Conference will take place May 6, 2015, from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm at OSA Archivum (1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.)
The following topics will be discussed:
- What kind of reconstruction, conversion and architectural additions are desirable from the archeological and architectural points of view, as well as those concerning historical protection and urban development?
- What are the primarily cultural functions that would ensure the active communal use of the Royal Palace and the Castle?
- What kind of conversions are necessary to create the best conditions for the operation of institutions that are already there, and those that might move into the area?
- What are the monument-preservation, architectural and historical considerations that justify that the authentic state of the Palace: is how it was created by Hauszman in 1905? Should it be reconstructed in the same way?
- Should we be wary–and if yes, why–of trends in contemporary architecture in rethinking the Palace and the Castle Quarter?
Organizers of the Initiative for the Dialogue about the Palace:
László Beke art historian, Éva Beleznay architect, Péter Buza urban historian, Barnabás Bencsik art historian, András Ferkai architect, Gábor Gyáni historian, Ernő Marosi art historian, Judit N. Kósa journalist, József Mélyi art historian, Anna Perczel architect, Iván Szelényi sociologist, Anna Wessely sociologist