Community Gardens & KÉK
KÉK – Contemporary Architecture Centre

 

 

 

 

The KÉK – Contemporary Architecture Centre, is an independent professional organization, which strives to further the education, introduction and development of architecture in the largest possible professional and unprofessional environment.

Our goal is to create open debate forums for collective thinking about the city, and to make the contemporary questions of architecture and urban development widely publicly accessible.

Since its establishment in 2006, the KÉK has launched several unique initiatives. The Budapest Architecture Film Days, organized since 2008, is the first architecture film festival of the region, which has turned into the second largest event of its kind in Europe.
The artur.org.hu, which was established in 2009-2010 and introduces the architecture of Budapest and Pécs, won the World Summit Youth Award in 2010.
The Budapest 100, which was established to open those houses of Budapest which celebrate their centenary, was mentioned among the best cultural events of Europe by the British Guardian periodical in 2013, and the LebendigeStadtStiftung in Hamburg has acknowledged it in the ‘Most beautiful urban festival” topic. The distribution of community gardening in Hungary is also one of the most successful initiatives of KÉK. The followings were created within the frames of the programme started in 2010: the so called Lecsós Kert in the Millenaris Park, the Leonardo Kert in district VIII., and the biggest, 2600m2 community garden of Budapest on Soroksári street.

Organic parts of our activities are researching and counselling carried out for city councils and the private sector, mostly in the topics of city rehabilitation, property development, tourism and environmental protection. Apart from the above, we take part in different professional networks and international co-operations. We share our opinion in the domestic and international professional media through the publications of our trustees.

Our Mission

The KÉK has been engaged in the naturalization and distribution of community gardens in Hungary since 2010 and it has facilitated the initiative to become a self-organizing movement by creating sample gardens. Our foundation has taken part in the creation of several community and school gardens in the capital and in the country, and currently it is running five community gardens.
Utilizing the experience of past years, the long-term goal of the Programme, regarding society and a liveable city, is to introduce and implement different equipments and methods. It is important for urban people to learn to adapt to climate change, so we are looking for city development equipment and methods that apply renewable energy, and we provide space for innovative and experimental models. Through our gardens and public informative programmes, we make concepts like "urban heat islands" and "decrease of biological footprint" more comprehensible for everyone, which is important from the viewpoint of city life. We would like to share with city residents the knowledge, with the help of which, as conscious city users, they could contribute to the reduction of the harmful effects of climate change, either individually or as part of their local community. Among the programmes for the wider public there are community and professional events, debate forums, lectures and interactive programmes for children.
We believe that the good example of an individual is followable, we contribute to the improvement of the microclimate of our residential area and our city by distributing an environmentally conscious and sustainable lifestyle.

Support us!

Let there be as many gardens as possible, run by cohesive communities, across the city!

We help everyone by distributing our know-how and experience, by gardening-related and legal counsels, building an online knowledge base, offering our communication channels, and opportunities for introduction on our programmes. We regularly organize colourful events for the public.

In return for and proportional to your offers, in accordance with a unique agreement, we lend you our communication channels (homepage, newsletters, media: online/offline press, radio, TV, social sites) and provide you with other opportunities of a specific garden and related programmes.

We welcome you as a professional trainee or volunteer, so, standing by a valuable cause, you can show what you can really do, how you can forward our initiative! Are you a good organizer, love making videos, taking pictures, or your live for writing and the media? Whatever knowledge you offer to support us, we are very happy with it, and we thank you!

The KÉK, Contemporary Architecture Centre, operates as a public interest foundation, and we issue a Supporter Certificate for your business about the financial aid supporting our Community Gardens project, with which you may receive tax relief.

Kortárs Építészeti Központ Alapítvány
Hungarian Contemporary Architecure Centre
Bankszámlaszám: MagNet Bank Zrt.
16200151-18538445
Közhasznúsági fokozat: közhasznú
Adószám: 18189223-1-43

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