Folk / Vernacular Architecture: From the Traditions to the Future

(2nd International Conference of the Committee for Folk Architecture of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Veszprém)
Veszprém – Taliándörögd – Káli-medence,  27-31 August 2023
(In Hungarian) Nép(i)építészet: A hagyományoktól a jövőig (Az MTA VEAB Népi Építészeti Munkabizottság 2. nemzetközi konferenciája)
A konferencia a VEB2023 Európa Kulturális Fővárosa programsorozat eseményeként valósul meg.
The conference is an event of the VEB2023 European Capital of Culture programme.
Co-organized by the Research Institute of Art Theory and Methodology of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA MMKI) and the Symmetry Foundation
The first conference was organized in 2012, but from now we plan triennial events with different sites in Central Europe.
(2nd International Conference of the Committee for Folk Architecture of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Veszprém)
Veszprém – Taliándörögd – Káli-medence,  27-31 August 2023
(In Hungarian) Nép(i)építészet: A hagyományoktól a jövőig (Az MTA VEAB Népi Építészeti Munkabizottság 2. nemzetközi konferenciája)
A konferencia a VEB2023 Európa Kulturális Fővárosa programsorozat eseményeként valósul meg.
The conference is an event of the VEB2023 European Capital of Culture programme.
Co-organized by the Research Institute of Art Theory and Methodology of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA MMKI) and the Symmetry Foundation
The first conference was organized in 2012, but from now we plan triennial events with different sites in Central Europe.
Suggested topics for the conference:
(1) Learning from the local traditional methods, which could be useful for dealing with the problems that we face now (saving energy, using materials that can be recycled, sustainability, etc.)
(2) How folk (vernacular) architecture may inspire contemporary architecture?
(3) What could be the function of the monuments of folk architecture in our age?
(4) How do folk architecture and tourism may cooperate (sustainable tourism)?
(5) Teaching of folk (vernacular) architecture.
Planned schedule:
27 August – meeting in Budapest and a preliminary conference (the Hungarian capital city has an international airport and it is also a hub for the railway and bus routes)
2 p.m.: Preliminary conference – feel free to join it anytime after your arrival
Our meeting place:
Rózsi Walter Villa (Hungarian Museum of Architecture)
1071 Budapest, Bajza Str. 10
 How to reach this Villa from the airport?
If you would like to take a yellow cab (taxi) from the airport:
Reservations can be made in person at the Főtaxi booths located at the exits of Terminals 2A and 2B.
 If you would like to use public transport from the airport:
Please take the airport shuttle 100E to the terminal station (Deák Sqr.), ca. 40 minutes
Then please take the oldest (or the second oldest) subway in the world built in 1896
M1 –  to the direction of  Mexico Road (do not worry it is in Budapest, not in Mexico),
the 6th station is “Bajza utca” (Bajza Str.)  – ca. 7-8 minutes
Your exit is at the corner of Bajza Str. The Villa is for ca. 10-15-minute walk.
 How to reach this Villa from the railway stations

Taxi: There are yellow cabs also there.
Public transport: Please take the subway to the Deák Sqr. and change there to M1
See above the route to the Villa.
Note: Hungary is not a Euro country, the money is Hungarian Forint. However, cards are widely accepted.
2:00 p.m. Visit the „Walter Rózsi Villa” and its surroundings
3:00 p.m. Opening of the conference
3:30 p.m. Anthony Gall
Vernacular impulses – contemporary community:
Reflections on the activity of Károly Kós in Transylvania
4:00 p.m. Andor Wesselényi-Garay
The barn as inspiration
Notes on the eco-regionalist shift in contemporary architecture in Szeklerland
4:30 p.m. Discussion
5:00 p.m. Vernacular roundtable – presidents’ forum
Elaine Jackson-Retondo (Pres. of VAF, U.S.A.), Adrian Green (Pres. of VAG, U.K.), Howard Davis (Ed., Vernacular Arch., U.S.A.), Nobuo Mishima (VP., Saga Univ., Japan)
6:00 p.m. Buffet dinner
7:00 p.m. Transport to Veszprém
Traveling together to Veszprém (European Capital of Culture for 2023) by bus  /  alternatively, feel free to travel directly to Veszprém and join us there at the start of the conference on 28 August

28 August – conference at the Veszprém Center of the Hung. Acad. of Sci. (37 Vár utca / “Castle street”) 
10:00 a.m. Opening by Zorán Vukoszávlyev, Deputy State Secretary for Monument Protection
10:30 a.m. Dénes Nagy
Learning from folk architecture:
Our possible route from the traditions to the future with glocalism
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee break
“Around the world: Great Britain, North America, and Japan” – Chair: Howard Davis
11:30 a.m. Adrian Green
The study of vernacular architecture in Britain
12:00 p.m. Elaine Jackson-Retondo
Vernacular Architecture Forum: Beginning, present & future
12:30 p.m. Nobuo Mishima
Sustainable renovation of landmark architecture in historic town: Hizenhama Station, Kashima-City, Jana
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
“Good/Wood afternoon” – Chair: Elaine Jackson-Retondo
2:00 p.m. Linda Lindblad and Karl-Magnus Melin
Aspen in buildings
From tradition into the future
2:30 p.m. Franziska Dalheimer
Wooden vernacular architecture of present-day Finland & Finnish Sápmi:
Livelihoods & life cycles
3:00 p.m. Gergely Rodics
Profession-led built heritage conservation initiative in Transylvania
3:30 p.m. Győző Esztány
Barn conversions in Transylvania, Szeklerland
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Coffee break
4:30 p.m. Khaled Saleh Pascha
The historical development of vernacular timber construction in Chile
5:00 p.m. In-Souk Cho
A tale of vernacular in transition: modern techniques and traditional concepts
Architecture of ‘Humanities Archive Yangleem’, Cheongju City, Korea
5:30 p.m. Mária Szilágyi and Gábor Kerner
The Great Szeged Region: Traditional architecture from a new perspective
6:00 p.m. Domonkos Wettstein
Recreation and vernacular inspiration in twentieth century architecture of the Balaton Coast
6:30 p.m. Imre Gráfik
About the changes of (folk) architectural heritage: The example of Balatonalmádi, past – present – future
7:00 p.m. Dinner

29 August – bus tour:  Veszprém – Barnag – Vöröskő – Pula – Taliándörögd  – Salföld – Kékkút – Köveskál – Balatonakali – return to Veszprém.  / The Balaton is the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe; the mountainous Upper-Balaton region of the northern shore is known both for its historic character and as a major wine region. 
Departure from the Hotel Gizella’s parking lot
Surprise lecture
Tamás Józsa (in Taliándörögd)
Somogyi Győző (in Salföld)

30 August – conference at the Veszprém Center of the Hung. Acad. of Sci. (37 Vár utca / “Castle street”)
“From the traditions to the future…” – Chair: Adrian G. Green
9:00 a.m. László Koppány Csáji
Elementary forms of (folk) architecture
9:30 a.m. Howard Davis
Vernacular architecture: Re-defining the field with a new compendium of critical and primary writings
10:00 a.m. Hugh Conway Morris
What hope for contemporary architecture? How we might learn from the power of the vernacular
10:30 a.m. Borut Juvanec
Theory of using energy in vernacular architecture
Use of energy in vernacular architecture
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 a.m. Jan Hülsemann
Transformation of traditional building technologies into the future
12:00 p.m. Mike Shanahan
New buildings in vernacular contexts
An Irish perspective
12:30 p.m. Jenni Reuter
A contemporary interpretation of the vernacular
Presentation of five own projects
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
“Central Europe” – Chair: László Koppány Csáji – Dénes Nagy
2:00 p.m. Hubert Feiglstorfer
Upgrading the vernacular: Eastern Austrian perspectives
2:30 p.m. Martin Cernansky
Vernacular architecture in the Czech Republic and its sustainability
3:00 p.m. József Istenes
The influence of folk architecture on contemporary architecture in Slovakia: Insights and reflections in contemporary architecture
3:30 p.m. Andreja Benko
Vernacular was (is) sustainable
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Coffee break
4:30 p.m. Hubert Mełges
Dissemination of knowledge about the values of folk architecture and their endangerment as a requirement of time (as exemplified by Podhale Region)
5:00 p.m. Małgorzata Mełges
Roofs as distinctive features of cultural and regional values
5:30 p.m. András Bögös and Péter Zilahi
Contemporary vernacular architecture: From experiencing to doing
6:00 p.m. Biljana Jovic
Creativity via art and science: Geometry workshop
6:30 p.m. Roundtable
7:00 p.m. Dinner

31 Augustreturn to Budapest / Optional program after the conference: visiting the Hungarian Open Air Ethnographic Museum in Szentendre, near Budapest
9:00 a.m. Bus departs to Budapest

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Plenary talks: 30 min / Short contributions in parallel sessions: 20 min.
Accompanying person:
Euro 300 (including the bus from Budapest to Veszprém on 27 August, all programs there with catering, and the bus on 31 August back to Budapest, with a possible visit to the Open Air Ethnographic Museum).
Organizing Committee:
Dénes Nagy – President, Committee for Folk Architecture of the Hung. Acad. of Sciences (HAS), Veszprém
Koppány L. Csáji – Director, Research Institute of Art Theory and Methodology, Hung. Acad. of Arts (HAA)
Róbert Nagy – President, Symmetry Foundation
Gizella Börcsök – Head, Heritage Management Department, Hungarian Society for Urban Planning
Natália Suszter – Special advisor to the Committee
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