One of the most famous examples of railroad reuse as a green space is the High Line (or High Line Park) in New York, which has been recognised as an icon of innovative design since its opening in 2009, and serves as a model for the reuse of abandoned infrastructure in other cities around the world. However, not everyone knows that the design of the High Line itself was based on another development, the Coulée verte René-Dumont (also known as the Promenade Plantée) in Paris, which opened in the early 1990s.
Szabihíd is a non-profit cultural event, an occasion for the pedestrian use of the Liberty Bridge. Its aim is to bring people closer to urban spaces, to their city and to the river that runs through it, and uncover the opportunities lying in our public spaces.
Kán is a settlement formed at the junction of the Mecsek and the Zselic, in a valley running north-south. The village is surrounded on all sides by woods, and is a one-street village, making it geographically isolated from traffic. The Swabian village dates back to the 12th century, but has been depopulated several times in its history.
After the Second World War, following the German expulsions, the inhabitants left the village and in 1978 Kán ceased to exist as an independent municipality, and a year later it was annexed to the village of Hetvehely.
The Santa Claus Factory has become one of Hungary's best-known charity events.
Every year, more and more people volunteer. Many come to Hungary specifically for the Santa Claus Factory during the Christmas period. People from Australia, China, the USA and many other European countries come to help and pack.
As the project lead, James Corner Field Operations led the design and construction of the High Line - originally a 1.5-mile-long elevated rail structure on Manhattan’s West Side. Restored to the public as a "green corridor", the park's attraction is provided by its spectacular views of Manhattan and the Hudson River, as well as temporary exhibitions, outdoor installations and events.
The town of Zadar, on the Dalmatian Adriatic coast, is known by its inhabitants as the "stone vessel", as it occupies a small elongated peninsula. In 2004, in view of the increasing tourist activity in Croatia, the Zadar Port Authority, with the support of the Municipality of Zadar, decided to renovate this stretch of the coast and turn it into a pier.
This task highlighted the need to create a promenade linking the town with the coast and the pier, the main attraction of it was the 72 m long sea organ integrated into the pavement.
Against a background of natural terrain and vegetation, is a “red ribbon” spanning five hundred meters, which integrates the functions of lighting, seating, environmental interpretation, and orientation. While preserving as much of the natural river corridor as possible during the process of urbanization, this project demonstrates how a minimal design solution can achieve a dramatic improvement to the landscape.
Pécsike is one of the new innovations in Pécs, it opened its services for the public in June 19th of 2019.
The main goal of Pécsike is “that as many people as possible use the bikes as part of their daily life, thus reducing the air pollution, traffic jams and noise of the city. In addition, the main goal is to make this effective and environmentally-friendly alternative more popular among travellers in the city centre.”
The idea of beekeeping originated from AUDI AG, Audi Hungaria's parent company. In 2015, Audi Hungaria was in the midst of implementing its flora and fauna protection plan thus the beekeeping idea was in line with ongoing developments, and quickly taken up by management. 6 bee colonies with 270,000 bees were installed in September 2015. The bees produce 200-240 kilograms of honey each year, which is branded as Audi Hungaria Premium Honey, and gifted to visitors, as well as purchasable in the gift shop.
With tourism way down during the COVID-19 pandemic, hotels have begun renting out rooms to local business people during the day. The offer is also favorable for those who are currently forced to work remotely and find it difficult to concentrate on their work at home. Stringent cleaning protocols have motivated guests to feel confident renting hotel rooms for their work.