Open Gates Programme
year of design / realization: 2008-2012
office: Újirány Group - UILA Kft.
authors: Dominika Tihanyi, local residents
The durational strategy is a model for implementing public art as part of urban rehabilitation are able to create platforms for communication that will help the social aspects of rehabilitation to arise and allow the process to become flexible. The chain of interconnected public art actions (12 interventions) developed in the duration of 4 years are set up in strong connection to the social-economical and environmental aims of the rehabilitation and act as acupuncture points that constantly activate the city part. The actions create the possibility for new social connections to develop and act as communicational surfaces through which local knowledge can be devised that can be incorporated in future plans and designs of the rehabilitation. The actions reflect on aims of the rehabilitation and cultural heritage and potential of the area and inspire inner courtyards to be renewed. They also become tools for modelling alternative space usages, drawing attention to the communal role of public spaces. The aim is to turn the city part into an ever evolving, interactive gallery, enhancing local economy and culture.
The intervention named Open Gates Programme was realized on the occasion of the Cultural Heritage Days which is held each year in September. In 2008 the gates of 10 Szentkirályi Street and in 2010 1 Horánszky Street were opened to the public. In both cases thanks to the organization of the inhabitants the events resembled conferences where presentations, exhibitions as well as discussions helped the visitors to learn about the building’s history and the people living in it, and about their efforts to sustain the heritage site they live in.