Anna Belleforte

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the wabi-sabi of Budapest

Posted by Anna Belleforte on May 30, 2018 at 2:45 PM


Buildings are tangible evidence of history. Even the newer ones should be able to tell us something about the past, if done right, i.e. when sympathetic to local values and truths as expressed through architecture. Many of these lots are being filled in with modern, cheap concrete. Because the construction industry goes on. It’s understandable, but also what a shame to lose sight of the hand-laid brickwork, the beautiful textures resulting from river silts (of which bricks are made) and the ‘wabi-sabi’ – great Japanese terms describing the qualities of simplicity, imperfection, uniqueness and solitude. Exactly the features of these spaces.

We’re heading towards the exhibition and I have to think up titles. ‘Vacant lots’ seems too simple. I like titles that keep things open and non-explicit, but give you enough of a hook to make you curious.

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