56films visited the Hudec family in Canada

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.

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Hudec book application obtained

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.

Hudec film preparation in Shanghai

Reka Pigniczky, the 56films production's documentary director and co-director Pierre Francois stayed in Shanghai in May 2009 for 1 week to meet with professionals and understand the context of  Hudec buildings today. Reka Pigniczky made interviews with Hudec researchers and met potential co-production partners. In addition, they tried to detect the very emblematic moments of people's life and the atmosphere of the metropolis.

Hudec buildings today

Abel Szalontai, the Hungarian photographer, member of HHP, stayed in Shanghai for a week in May 2009 and documented several Hudec buildings.

Have a look in the SHANGHAJ  PHOTOALBUM in PDF format, 11MB.

The buildings are displayed on Szalontai's photographs with lot of details and they are composed within the typical environment of today's Shanghai. We intend to show these present-day photos together with archive ones in an exhibition in the near future.

The documentary film “Hudec” receives development grant

Réka Pigniczky’s film “Hudec” won financial support from the EU Media Program for project development costs. The EU funds, announced  in October of 2008, will provide funding for research, scriptwriting and initial shooting. The grant was awarded to 56 Films, the production company producing “Hudec: the real story of the man who built Shanghai.”

Luca Poncellini’s visit in Budapest


HHP has invited L. P. in July 2008 to Hungary and asked him to study the archive materials. He was taking part in consultations about possible publications and expositions in the future, based on his PhD thesis and on the HHP materials.

NKA (National Cultural Fund) granted an allowance to HHP

The NKA’s subsidy will help the Hudec Heritage Project to accomplish the task of building a bilingual online knowledgebase running on the “architect.hudecproject.com” and “epiteszet.hudecproject.com” urls. The aim is to gather and publish the essential information about Hudec’s work revealed by scientific research  and collect the archive pictures of the HHP materials in webgalleries.

Hudec Exhibition in Shanghai, the event of the Year of Hudec

Hudec Exhibition was open from 14th  to 29th of July 2008. The opening of the exhibition on the Day of Chinese Cultural Heritage was a very successful event with more than 100 of visitors.


The exhibiton was organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary in Shanghai, together with the Shanghai Urban Planning Administration Bureau, the Shanghai Urban Construction Archives and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University.

Hudec Exhibition and Conference in Banska Bystrica

On the 29th of May 2008 the commune of Banskej Bystrica organized a Hudec exhibition and conference called “Slovenskou Rukou – With Slovak Hand” in the National Scientific Library. There were lectures about his works, the cultural and economical context of his age in Shanghai and the actual condition of his buildings.


The issue of his nationality has been discussed since he was born in Banska Bystrica (in those days in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy) but later in his life he had Czechoslovakian, Hungarian and even American citizenship.

Hudec Heritage Project is on the internet

On hudecproject.com website you can find information about the documentary film, the book, the architectural website and the archival documents recently found in the heritage. The archival documents reveal new aspects of Hudec life and career. Our goal is to publicize them in Hungarian and also in English to provide information for further research. The unauthorized use of any archive material from this site for publication or any other media is strictly forbidden.


By clicking ARCHIVES you can access them. By clicking GALLERY you can access photos in webgalleries. By clicking PRESS you can access articles and publications; some are available in PDF format.

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