Imre Makovecz (1935-2011), the founder of the Hungarian organic architecture school, is probably the only Hungarian architect whose work is known and recognized throughout the world from Japan to South America. He began his creative work is the early 1960s, when Soviet-style socialism peaked in Hungary. Even his first designs radiate a solid awareness of responsibility that is captured and expressed, thanks to his extraordinary artistic skills, in vision-like drawings: he was talking about the organic unity of man and nature. This is what he expressed through the shapes of his buildings, this is the unbreakable relationship that he described in his writings, and all this before the Club of Rome was formed, under the pressure of a dictatorship in a small country that was intellectually secluded from the rest of the world. This book presents the reader with a comprehensive set of highlights from Imre Makovecz’s oeuvre. It reveals the architect whose vision-like designs and buildings served human dignity strove to express in the late 20th and early 21st century the unity of man and the world above and below, a unity that is perhaps again feasible.
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