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Emergent City Action Group


▪ How does information relate to urban space?
▪ What information is relevant at particular locations in the city? What is the topic on the railway station? What is good to know on this square?
▪ To what extent in time and space does information connected to a particular place remain relevant? How can this area be mapped, how can its shape and dynamics be determined?

These are the questions that Emergent City Action Group (Emerges Város Akciócsoport – EVA) aimed to answer.

The project had five phases:

1. Preliminary studies
Five studies into the dimensions and aspects of urban processes relevant for Emergent City Action Group were compiled. The articles approached the subject matter from different disciplines, representing the viewpoint of various fields of study, from hard science to social sciences.

2. Collected international projects – Review writing
To obtain all relevant information, the Action Group, besides studies, also collected and analysed the findings of domestic and international projects and initiatives. The group members wrote reviews on the above materials.

3. Brainstorming
In parallel with collecting information, a series of small-group brainstorming sessions also took place. On these occasions, those involved in the project, together with invited experts, discussed and analysed the most urgent urban problems as well as their possible solutions. The brainstorming phase resulted in 86 ideas addressing both specific details and the concept in general.

4. Mind mapping
Qualitative project filtering took place within the framework of group discussions and so-called mind-mapping. In the course of mind-mapping, we set out each idea on an A4 sheet, spread them on the floor of a gym, and sorted them into groups by content and by how technologically demanding they were. During the filtering process, the participants reflected on each other’s ideas. After several rounds, the result was an organised system of the relevant areas and their sets of relations. All phases were photographed.

The sequence of the pictures was then converted into a stop-motion animation. The result was kind of a spring model controlled by human intelligence. :)

5. Project filtering
All the ideas adopted from the review-projects for use in new projects, as well as those collected during brainstorming, were filtered using both quantitative and qualitative methods. All participants were asked to score the ideas.

We put an emphasis on making all the decisions in a community-based manner, for which we had used several different cooperation techniques and technologies.

The results of our research can be reached on the project’s website. (only in Hungarian)



András Kangyal
Gábor Magyar
Róbert Pintér
Tamás Terray
Adam Somlai-Fischer
Péter Halácsy
István Daruka
Viktor Bedö

Kornél Ecsedi
Bálint Gábor
Zoli Hajnal
Orchidea Kiss
Bence Kollányi
Ákos Maróy
Bea Obornyi
Gábor Papp
István Ráth
Csaba Simon
Bengt Sjölén
Péter Szakál
Tamás Szakál
Balázs Szekfű
Zsuzsanna Szvetelszky
Balázs Zajácz

Further Participants
László Domonkos
Flóra Hevesi
Tamás Lukovszki
Judit N. Kósa
András Rung
Márton Szentpéteri

Kata Kálmán
Kristóf Kürti

Thanks for
Vilmos Csányi
György Gadó
Péter Gadó
Gábor Vályi
Balázs Váradi