SZÉLL KÁLMÁN SQUARE – MOSCOW SQUARE – SZÉLL KÁLMÁN SQUARE

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One Topic … Two Exhibitions!

“Let’s meet under the clock!!!”

For more than 40 years this was the sentence all the residents of Budapest knew exactly by heart where the place is ,

Moscow Square …  2011 back to its original name Széll Kálmán tér!

1929-1951 named Szell Kalman Square

1951-2011  named Moscow Square

Back in 2011,  renamed Széll Kálmán Square.

So this square has 84 years of history and if these pathways could talk, I would have to write novels-over-novels …what a talk it would be!

January, 8. 2013 –  6 p.m. media and press representatives were call to the „Erzsébet tér” Elisabeth  Square at the Budapest’s Design Terminal.  The Elisabeth Square, for the elder folks may be more known as the Engels Square, but after the regime change, it was renamed to Elisabeth Square. In the past at this square was the central bus termini en-route to the countryside. To-day the Design Terminal, after its reconstruction, open its doors for all kind of exhibitions. At the opening there were the main city managers who dealt with the renewal  project of the Széll Kálmán tér.

The winner of the tender was  announced, as the  Építész Stúdió  Kft. “Architect Studio Ltd.” and Léptek-terv Kft. “Scale-Plan Ltd.” and Főmterv Engineering Design Ltd. who  jointly prepared the detailed implementation plans and approval. The construction works  are hopefully to  start during the springtime  of 2014.

“Last year in December, the Budapest Transport Center, the “BKK”, published a tender for spatial reconstruction” said by Dávid Vitézy, CEO Budapest’s Transport Center  who also added: ” Basically, the Széll Kálmán Square is the structure of  problems, on the narrow pedestrian corridors are a lot of dead spaces in the loop line and of course unnecessary.” Indicated the need of finding the area, the place for the bus termini, also that the current terminal can increase the proportion of green areas. He added that the importance of placing  several commercial catering  to function will  support many on their way to work to pick a sandwich or some dairy food.

The triangular space  is accessible from all directions and since it lies en route for everyone rolling by, ensuring the passengers,  or just as well for the road bikers for a much better comfort concept  to be re-built at one of the most busiest cross-junction at the Széll Kálmán Square in Budapest.
The Municipality of Budapest and the Budapest Transport Center “BKK” plan was step-by-step  was updated. The works submitted in the tender competition can be seen by the general public and the professions within the walls of the Budapest’s Design Terminal from January, 8. until January, 20. 2013.  Inside the exhibition hall a questionnaire is placed for visitors so that they could give their views, ideas on what kind of spaces should be implemented on the sidewalks.
Balázs Szeneczey, Deputy Mayor at Urban Development said that the tender’s gross cost of 22 million HUF was available. He described with detailed planning of public transport, walking and cycling aspects are taken into account, new elevators, and escalator stairways are needed. The interior in all directions hidden housing LED-lit lanes would be leading to-from-around the pedestrians.

The whole project cost  4.2 billion HUF which is connected  for reconstruction, in which the central budget, the interweaving of the “Buda Tram Project” and by the use from the source from the European Union.

Keeping  that in mind, the opening of the exhibition  has a wide-spread of photograph, entitled: “A Square in Budapest”, taken by Simon Móricz. All the squares,  like anywhere in the world have a geographic number, this Budapest’s Public Square  stands the number of  “7706” . Its name is now Széll Kálmán Square, but for many it still rings the bell as the Moszkva tér, “Moscow Square”! Simon Móricz says, “In the mid 90’s I met the Moscow Square,  and since then I feel like nothing has changed here in time. The Square remained an unfriendly, cold, wind-blown transport hub. The square is  at one of  Buda’s’ central area, the gate of the city in the city, however, in narrower scope the Moscow Square is mainly in use for two purpose, one for transportation or connection to other trams, buses and the other reason as a meeting point, to meet with friends, family, hubby. Every day hundreds of thousands of people break their way through the crowd. During the morning hours from drowsiness and in the afternoon’s  in the mood of trouble dazed.”

Well what’s true is true, the square’s body has an ugly birthmark of the city and it should be, and hopefully by the year 2015 reborn with more clear,  environmentally friendly and  philanthropic design. Just  to add one more note to the Moscow Square. In 1955, at the Moscow Square terminus the tram number 56 started its route. In 1999, the termination of the number 56, changed to the tram’s number 61. For many decades at the Moscow Square the number 56  tram abraded the 1956’s revolution, the old wounds, disgrace from the past history of  Hungary.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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