Historiography of post-war modern architecture in Hungary – evaluation – research – preservation


  • Mariann Simon Szent Istvan University





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Reviewing the research on post-war modern Hungarian architecture we find a serious backwardness. This paper presents an overview of the situation and an explanation focusing on three factors. The first is the underestimation of the socialist modern architecture by the lay public, but also by some professionals. The second field of investigation is the research background: institutes, researchers, funds and the accessibility of archival material, and the results achieved despite the difficulties. The paper also surveys the preservation of this heritage, and finally presents a recent rehabilitation project, one of the few positive examples.

How to Cite

Simon, M. (2018). Historiography of post-war modern architecture in Hungary – evaluation – research – preservation. Docomomo Journal, (59), 6–11. https://doi.org/10.52200/59.A.YC5F5VGB




Author Biography

Mariann Simon, Szent Istvan University

PhD, architect. She is a professor at Szent Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary. She is the author of the book Valami más [the other] (Terc, 2003) and co-editor of the book Ideological Equals: Women architects in socialist Europe 1945-1989 (Routledge, 2017). Her collected essays about 20th-century Hungarian architecture were published in the book Restarts (Terc, 2016).