BALÁZS FÜRJES: Gold is rusted, or the Student City is being rebuilt. 👉With video!https://maiposzt.hu/p/furjesbalazs-2601720476792064
A citizen committed to the city, a young man preparing for university and everyone who carries the future of Budapest in his heart, can read in a cold way about the new and new acts of the skirmish in the case of Diákváros v Fudan (correctly: Diákváros és Fudan!). Yet the cause of the Student City deserves far more than the frightening of a Chinese dictatorship or the drilling of the World Athletics World Cup. Therefore, allow me to present realistically: where did it start, what is its purpose, and what is the content of this unique urban-building enterprise of its kind, more than just a Student City.
First of all: It will be a student city!
The Student City is part of the Southern City Gate development program, which aims to implement a completely new part of the city. The Student City and the Southern City Gate programs are being implemented, all previous decisions are being implemented, plans are being prepared, there is something that is already being built. It will be the Southern City Gate and it will be the Student City of Budapest. But why where and why what?
Over the past twenty years, the city has grown south. The university district of Lágymányos, the Infopark, the explosion of the Kopaszi Dam, the revival of the Whale and Nehru parks, the MÜPA and the Millennium City Quarter all testify to the fact that Budapest is expanding to the south on both banks of the Danube. The future seems to be in the south. The Déli Városkapu – Budapest Diákváros urban planning program, which implements the green recycling of the decaying rust areas of South Pest and North Csepel and provides a solution to the burning urban challenges, fits into this process.
Traffic jams, bad air, little green, missing dormitories, missing homes
There is little room here to take stock of the challenges that make our everyday urban life bitter. Therefore, only concisely: we need to make it easier, more convenient and faster to get to work, school and do business from the outside to the inside, ie from the outer districts and the agglomeration, especially on a fixed track. That, through the voluntary, free choice of citizens, more people will use the better quality HÉV, tram, rail and metro networks. To reduce the proportion of car traffic. To breathe the city, get air in every part of Budapest. To dampen traffic in the city center.
To make the quality green space in Budapest more and more (more democratically, if you like) distributed. The park, the promenade, the grass, tree, flowers, na and water. Where we run, play football, roll, play and relax.
To - in addition to the home-building program, more precisely as part of it - replace the many thousands of 21st century dormitory places that Budapest universities have not had the resources to build in the last 50 years.
Rust is the gold of the city
In Budapest - especially in Pest! - just a few kilometers from the city center, there are areas of rust that are amazingly well-equipped, today dripping and unused. Former industrial-commercial areas where the original activities have long been abandoned, which are now abandoned and demolished, but which are close to the city center (often also to the Danube!) And which have very good transport facilities (roads, rails, trams, metros, railway, in the immediate vicinity or via-kasul).
Once tidied up, these areas are excellent for accommodating new public parks, residential buildings, sports grounds, offices, museums, universities, and other public institutions. This is the key to a compact city: the city does not spread and grow, creating huge distances, but utilizing its internal reserves. It is no coincidence that rust zones are called the city’s gold reserves.
Csepel and Ferencváros: the latest rust spots
The most ingenious rust zones are in Csepel and Ferencváros. The Déli Városkapu program and the Budapest Student City plan are aimed at renewing and reviving them.
The area of the Southern City Gate is an area of 200 hectares south of the Rákóczi Bridge (this is the same size as Districts I, VI and VII, respectively), up to the route of the planned Galvanian Bridge and the associated boulevard. It includes North Csepel, the Ráckeve-Soroksár Danube branch and the southern Danube bank of Ferencváros, as well as the area of Soroksári út.
The city center is 5-6 km away, for car, bicycle and partly on foot the Danube bank, the Csepel ridge road, the Soroksári road, here come the southern HÉVs, the 150 railway, and it could be a much better transport corridor and the Danube.
The Southern City Gate program: movement, green, student life
The Southern City Gate program covers four major areas. According to the Baranyi plan - based on our agreement with the Mayor of Ferencváros, Krisztina Baranyi - the Ferencváros Leisure and Sports Park will be built under the Rákóczi Bridge on the bank of the Danube in Ferencváros. Athletics center, playgrounds, kindergarten, leisure sports fields, Danube beach can be found here. The plans were created together with the mayor, the construction is progressing.
In North Csepel, the new public park in Csepel will be built with a huge green area, hiking and study trails, clearings, playgrounds, outdoor sports fields and equipment, bicycle paths, running tracks and a very special wetland wetland that uses rainwater in an environmentally friendly way. To plan this, we launched the open EU public procurement procedure in January, announcing the results soon.
The Budapest Student City is located between the Ferencváros bank of the Danube branch of Soroksár and Soroksári út. According to the resolution of the General Assembly of Ferencváros Municipality in December 2019 on the proposal of Mayor Baranyi, the aim is to “create a dormitory student city in two phases, providing accommodation and the necessary infrastructure for approximately 4000-4000 university students in the immediate vicinity of Nagyvásártelep. complete renovation of the dilapidated building of the Great Trade Fair, filling it with new functions ”[Budapest Capital IX. district Ferencváros Local Government 364/2019. (XI.25.)].
Scattered in the area, but mainly north of the Student City, we also designed mixed-use (mainly office) areas for real estate development and commercial use. Mainly these, as well as the area adjacent to the Csepel ridge road and the buffer zone of the area next to Soroksári út, represent the reserve where the campus of Fudan University can be placed, leaving the entire area of the planned Student City (dormitories) untouched.
THE ENTIRE SOUTHERN CITY GATE AREA HAS BEEN COMPLETED, INCLUDING THE URBAN STRUCTURE MASTER PLAN OF THE 50-HECTARE STUDENT CITY.
It designates building blocks, the street network, public spaces and public spaces and determines the traffic order (car-free zone, with parking on the edge, footpaths and cycle paths, tram, HÉV, port). The first building we step into is the Great Market Colony.
The Southern City Gate: a new balance in Budapest's traffic
In Budapest, a new balance is needed in the proportions of car, bicycle, pedestrian, private and public transport. The DVK program will help achieve this new balance. More and more people in Budapest can use the new tram lines to be built in the south, the Csepel and Ráckeve HÉVs introduced in the completely renewable and deep tunnel to Kálvin tér. A new tram line will be built on the main street of Diákváros, a total of 30 kilometers of new bicycle paths and 7 kilometers of promenade along the Danube will be built in the area.
And if the City Hall decides what it wants, a new Galvan bridge can be built, which connects South Pest, South Buda and North Csepel, providing access to cars, bicycles and trams, relieving the load on downtown roads and bridges, enabling traffic calming in the city center. (If Gregory Christmas says no to the bridge, it won’t be built and the plans will be put in the desk drawer.)
What has happened so far?
Between 2018 and 2020, with the active participation of the local governments of the capital, Csepel, Ferencváros and Újbuda, we prepared the master plan of the 200-hectare area, the new district. The work started with open international design tenders.
The jury included the chief architects of the municipalities of the capital, Csepel, Ferencváros, Újbuda and Kőbánya, the rector of the Technical University, renowned foreign engineers and city planners, as well as the late György Fekete, Etelé Baráth, Gábor Zoboki and Miklós Zoboki. Juditot. The Hungarian Architects' Office NAPUR Architects won the design of the Ferencváros Leisure and Sports Park in an open, European Union design competition. In a 17-participant, open international design competition, we selected Van Berke len Bos U.N. to design the Galvanian Bridge. Studio & Buro Happold Consulting Engieneers P.C. world-renowned Anglo-Dutch engineering consortium. The Norwegian-Austrian architectural firm SNØHETTA - BESCH und PARTNER was also selected for the preparation of the master plan for the urban structure of the Southern City Gate program in an open international design competition with the participation of 17 applicants.
And what's happening right now?
The jewel of the Budapest Student City area is the crumbling Great Trade Fair, one of the most exciting industrial monuments in the capital. It was completed in 1932, based on innovative Hungarian plans. Originally, it is a huge, cohesive hall building and with a ceiling height used to distribute thousands of tons at a price. Anno was fed half of Budapest from here. It is 250 meters long, 40 meters wide and has an internal height of 17 meters. The internal free space without support columns is 10,000 square meters, ie one and a half large football fields or 13 handball fields.
The building, once a wholesale market, is on the verge of collapse. If we renovate it, it will be perfect for the student city’s large indoor community space, student center. It can accommodate a library, large lecture halls, sports fields, an advanced running track, restaurants, a university club and a canteen.
This is the first building for which we are preparing detailed architectural plans. 22 different design offices participated in the open architectural design competition of the government's Budapest Development Center. The chief architect of the Municipality of Budapest, the chief architect of the Ferencváros municipality and the delegates of the Hungarian Chamber of Architects were also on the jury. The winning entries will be presented in a public announcement of the results.
We will continue to work. With community planning - still together with local governments, involving the population in detailed planning. We still have a lot of work to do. To design every building, with many architectural tenders and public procurements. Preparation of utility and transport plans. Remediation, removal of environmental pollution. Demolition, rubbish removal, remediation. The construction itself.
IT SHOULD DIVIDE 8-10,000 COLLEGE SEATS BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITIES OF BUDAPEST. THIS IS A 15 YEAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, WE MUST TRY IT TO END.
What about Fudan?
The Student City will be built according to the original plans and will provide 8-10,000 dormitory places for students of Hungarian universities in Budapest. The Budapest campus of Fudan University, considered to be the 34th best university in the world, will not be built instead of the Student City.
I am not a competent comrade who understands everything - according to the division of labor within the government, I am responsible for urban planning. It is the responsibility of the Minister of Innovation and Technology to organize the arrival of Fudan, an agreement with the Chinese.
It is certain that the debate on the benefits of the arrival of a prestigious Chinese university in Budapest will continue. The debate is natural, without it there is no democracy. An interesting coincidence: the vaccines in the East were recently violently attacked, and today Europe agrees: they save lives in the same way as vaccinations from the West.
"I have a dream"
I always say: if you go to work as a city builder, dream boldly and freely, plan responsibly, build with discipline! The big trick is to have at once the freedom, insanity, courage and imagination needed to dream, that is, creativity, and the order, discipline, precision needed to make it happen. At the same time, so that the insanity of the dream does not shatter the work, and the discipline of the work does not stifle the dream.
OUR DREAM IS AT THE SOUTH GATE OF A NEW, 21ST CENTURY, GREEN, HOME DISTRICT OF BUDAPEST.
Where there is a lot of greenery, where there are spacious, free spaces suitable for sports, exercise and relaxation. Where you can swim in the Danube again and have a lively rowing life. Where the first student city of Budapest is born. So that the campus is the center of a hundred-year-old industrial monument, the ingenious Great Fairgrounds, an exciting community space, student center. Where it is worth traveling on the fast and convenient HÉVs and trams to the city center and beyond, where we can take possession of the Danube bank again, where there is a lot to bike and walk. Where you can have a good meal and quaternary in restaurants, cafes, terraces. And where the new southern Danube bridge (now Galvani, but until then we have found a worthy new name) that is becoming a symbol of the district, bringing in domestic and international architectural awards, connects the previously cut southern districts, reveals the former rust zones of down the downtown bridges.
There is still a lot of debate and a lot of work ahead of us. No matter, there is no urban development without them. Let the builders build, the chatter let. If necessary, argue with good intentions, respecting each other and finding a solution. Let us not be dragged into bad debates. But we are always looking for dialogue, for agreement. Let’s work this way, and in the end we still find ourselves able to transcend our own boundaries. And it always ends well.
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