Creativity-driven urban regeneration in the post-socialist context - The case of Csepel Works, Budapest

Judit Taraba*, Claudiu Forgaci, Arie Romein

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The complex institutional, economic, and societal trends that have characterized the post-socialist transition in Central and Eastern European countries have drastically reshaped urban development. The case of Budapest shows that three decades of nearly exclusive market-driven urban policies have resulted in a variety of social, spatial and environmental deficiencies. This paper presents the paradigm of creativity-driven urban regeneration and proposes an approach to implement this paradigm, with a key role for urban design interventions, to successfully address these challenges, specifically, the regeneration of industrial brownfields, in an integrated manner and to create more inclusive, just, and sustainable cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-180
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • civic engagement
  • co-design
  • creativity-driven urban regeneration
  • industrial brownfield regeneration
  • post-socialist transition

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