This ongoing research project led by Luca Csepely-Knorr aims to analyse the development of Hungarian Public Park theory from 1867-1945 in an international context. The project is based on the rigorous analysis of a rich collection of visual and written sources (plans, maps and archival photographs, council papers), that are part of a previously un-researched set of primary and archival materials in the collection of the Budapest City Archives, that has never been published before. The originality of the research is based on the one hand on the fact that it is the first of its kind that made these seminal plans and maps available for the public. On the other hand it made an innovative contribution to the existing understanding and knowledge of public park theory in the discussed period. It not just examined the Hungarian examples in an international context, but also proved the theoretical advancement of landscape architects. Throughout the research process, I presented the work at various peer-reviewed scientific conferences, and the first results were disseminated in my book, Barren places to public spaces : a history of public park design in Budapest 1867-1914, that was published both in English and in Hungarian.
The significance of this project lies in its various impacts. These previously un-researched sources were in a state of disrepair, and as an outcome of the project, the project partner, the City Archives restored a large amount of the artefacts and digitalised them, that makes it now more accessible for research purposes. The various reviews on different media sources and the success of the book led to my Special Jury Award by the Hungarian Association of Architects at the Landscape Architect of the Year Award. Through this publicity the book successfully directed the attention of both scholars, professionals and the general public to the invaluable holdings of the Budapest City Archives, and it also changed the public perception of the values of existing public spaces in the built environment.