Menu for alternative space usage

name of project: Menu for  Public Space Usage    
location: Budapest    
year of  design / realization: 2010                    
Dominika  Tihanyi, Gábor Szohr, Dorottya Thurnay, BME university students

Modern cities are transforming people with altering their relationship to time and space, they are subverting the meaning of the fundamental concepts of freedom and existence. The relevance of this almost 150-year-old idea created by modernization is unquestionable.

These ideas provide the basis of the workshop: modeling ofthe positive idleness for regeneration in open space resulting from cultural traditions and ones creativity, where open space symbolizes freedom that islikely to exist outside of controlled spaces. The reasearch is investigating the question of whether there are places in the urban environment where one isable to disengage from their everyday life and open up to be truely themselves.The task is to create constructed situations in open spaces that can be used to evolve such spatial experiences for the community. These events show the alternative of active social experiences as opposed to lonely, isolated activities.

An inclusive atmosphere that allows public spaces to be used beyond direct functionality is giving them time to spend with themselves. This kind of public space usage is about the Benjamin kind of slowness, where people are regenerating in the urban landscape while not doing anything, evoking the idyll of last century paintings. In this constructed situation, a liberated, homelike atmosphere is created that captures the urban atmosphere that is the spatial projection of an open and inclusive society. The project identifies 3 topics: the living room, the breakfast and the picnic area.