Central European University: A Campus in the Heart of Budapest

From Aristocratic Palace to University Campus

The 25th anniversary of the founding of the University is a timely opportunity to reflect on the history of its buildings and on the rich history of downtown Budapest. Throughout these years, CEU has been an organic part of the city center. The conceptual basis of the architectural planning following the acquisition of the Neoclassical Festetics Palace and building of the Faculty Tower was the preservation of historical architectural heritage, along with the aim to re-interpret it for modern purposes with non-intrusive architectural additions. CEU feels a responsibility to protect and present its highly valuable heritage on a high academic level with significant community outreach. The research project, which involves co-operation among several academic departments at CEU and outside organizations in the city (including the Budapest City Archives, Hungarian Architectural Museum, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest History Museum and the Blinken Open Society Archives) will result in the publication of a volume in the Central European Cultural Heritage series, by CEU Press. The richly illustrated multi-author book will explore the various layers of the building complex and its surrounding urban environment, with the aim of celebrating a cultural treasure in the heart of Budapest.

Expected date of publication: 2017