The subject of the meeting was: presentation of the Hudec Heritage Project, the two lecturers were Virag Csejdy and Júlia Csejdy. Participants of the meeting acquainted with Hungarian, Slovak and Chinese aspects of the intellectual heritage of architect László Hudec (1893-1958), and opportunities for cooperation in the related field of culture.
Luca Poncellini was invited by Mr. Ákos Morovánszky to give a lecture on Laszlo Hudec for the audiance of ETH (Swiss Federal Institution of Technology Zurich) university in Zurich on the 11th of March.
His presentation took place during the seminar titled: MODERNE IM EXIL (Modernism in exile)
from left to right:
Dr. Lukasz Stanek,
Luca Poncellini Phd,
Prof. Dr. Ákos Moravánszky,
Arch. Sebastian Stich
Luca Poncellini's and Julia Csejdy's researches are published in this new book on Hudec life and architectural work. The english version is going to be presented as well at 5 pm, on 28th of September, in the house of the Association of Hungarian Architects (address: Budapest 1088, Ötpacsirta utca 2.).
Luca, Poncellini - Júlia, Csejdy:
in the serie of "Masters of Architecture"
On two computer monitors in the MoCA of Shanghai the "Interactive Encyclopedia of Architect L. E. Hudec" was clickable in Chinese, in English, or in Hungarian. Download the PDF showreal of interactive encylopedia.
On the interactive screens users could read about his architectural background with illustration of its time, and see where did he come from (A historic map of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy of the early 20th century is explaining the borders and nationalities of that period). One could watch a short documentary on his life, based on his letters and illustrated with his own 16mm shootings and photos. It was also possible to explore 13 Hudec masterpieces and watch short films about his contemporaries in Hungary. On another plasma screen 3D reconstructions of three important Hudec buildings were shown.
The lecturer, who is a reputed researcher of Hudec's oeuvre, gave a comprehensive resume of recent studies in the MoCA presentation hall. At least 120 people were interested in knowing more about Hudec's adventurous life and architecture, since Hudec is an iconic figure in Shanghai.
The Hungarian Association of Architects organized a conference to develop relationships between Hungarian and Chinese architects. Mainstream Hungarian and Chinese contemporary architecture was presented to the professional public.
A short introduction of the Interactive Encyclopedia of Hudec took place together with the bilingual book of P. Jánossy on Hudec works.
The exhibition called "Architectural Sources of Hudec László" was opened on 5th of October at Budapest in the Association of Hungarian Architects building. Open: Mon-Thurs 9-16, Frid 9-13
There is presented with illustrations the Hudec familly story and important architects and their works from this period of Hungary. It is linked to the exposition of "Hudec Works in Shanghai" taking place in the Hungarian Cultural Heritage office building at Budapest from the 3rd of November.
See the opening film on and download the invitation
Thanks to Katalin Vörös, the manager of laboratory and researching engineer at University of California, Berkeley, it has appeared that Hudec was a consulting architect in the planning of the University Lutheran Chapel of Berkeley in 1956. This fact is justified by the label "consulting architect L.E. Hudec" on the original blue prints.
See the webgallery of the pictures on the architect.hudecproject.com
Documentary film director Reka Pigniczky and her crew visited two of LEH (Laszlo Ede Hudec) three children – they first went to Chandler, Arizona (US) to interview Alessa Hudec de Wet, Hudec’s youngest child and only daughter. They next went to Viktoria Island, British Columbia (Canada) to visit Theo Hudec, LEH’s second son. They also conducted research at the University of Victory archives, in cooperation with Lenore Heitkamp, one of the first scholars to do research on Hudec. Reka interviewed Hudec’s children and documented the family’s photo albums, several original drawings by LEH in the UVIC archives.
The material from this trip will be used in the feature-length documentary about Hudec’s life and work – to be completed sometime in 2010.
With the help of NKA the Holnap Publishing House is going to publish the Hudec book written by Luca Poncellini and Julia Csejdy. The book is a part of the Masters of Architecture series and is expected to be issued in next year.