Budapest re-discovered its banks of Danube 2 decades ago. The banks used to form an organic part of the riverside habitat since the ancient Romans, and the city began to turn its back to the water only during the local government (Podmaniczky Program), the approach to re-discovery is innovative and constructive, while its objective is to identify and implement the adequate bank and water use on the long turn. Recent spontaneous real estate developments partially respond to this demand. These developments include motorway northern bridge, Graphisoft, Infopark, Lágymányosi Bay, Millennium City Centre.

The “Danube Thoroughfare Project” launched by the capital city of Budapest in 2008, plays an active, systematizing role in this process of re-discovery. The project includes a revitalization strategy and development program for the banks of Danube and the adjacent urban areas, as well as an international tender of architectural ideas. The project is placed in international context by the EU Danube Region Strategy of the European Union currently under preparation.

Member in Budapest, Hungary

I love Budapest Movement (“Szebu”) is a civil, non-governmental, non-profit organisation and its goal is to ‘reach out to people who are willing to sacrifice their free time to create a better Budapest together’.


We want to unite the power of those who are determined to live in modern, enjoyable, clean, exciting and teeming city.
“Szebu” was founded on the 21 September 2004. The founders had specific plans towards the city development: revitalisation the Danube shore as well as the public spaces of the city centre and intensification of the city’s cultural scene. “Szebu” believes that the urban development of Budapest is not only in the interest of the city’s inhabitants. The success of the capital city means the success of the country as a whole. We aim to create a new, modern image of Hungary by modernising and redefining the image of Budapest. We are confident that by setting a good example and creating a trend to care for the urban environment instead of vandalise it, is the only way to have a clean and beautiful city again.
 This year the main goal of “Szebu” is to communicate its urban planning and designing plans to the greater public. Most importantly, we will be concentrating on the development of the Danube shore. Our goal is to materialise those projects we received for our “Love Budapest” (2005) and “By the Danube” (2004) tenders.
 Being part of the “Podmaniczky Organization”, “Szebu” will be able to work together with other civil and urban developmental organisations that have similar goals.
 “Szebu” has been publishing several articles in the well-known Hungarian architecture and design magazine, called “Octogon”. Besides publishing plans on waterfront development, our organisation is frequently participating in the international urban development conferences.
We are proud of nourishing Budapest’s cultural life with our own exhibitions.