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A  model of holistic system management presented to Europan.


The Rakos Patak Ecological Water Corridor is a didactic visit through the principle of resilience, the generally accepted hypothesis that more complex and biodiverse ecosystems are more stable in multiple ways. The project proposes a variety of infrastructures that sustain natural systems.

Cities are like eco-systems in the sense that their various functions serve the whole and tend to persist through time. We can enhance their design by taking the examples of forests, rivers, prairies, wetlands and other ecosystems which contain inherent self-restorative mechanisms. By assuming the simultaneous interdependence between natural and man-made systems, we proceed to weave together the creek’s eco-system and the city’s infrastructure into one living organism which is not fixed but constantly evolving. The Rakos Patak creek serves as the spine of this district’s healthy urban symbiotic eco-system so that overall efficiency and resilience increase and resources are used more sustainably.
The educational objective of this project is to disseminate the ideas and practices of environmental sustainability through examples of land restoration, water protection, and to explore linkages between ecology and economics, looking to create new kinds of work and enterprise out of environmental protection and restoration initiatives. The project displays various ecological systems that manage water-fl ow and purify water resources while enhancing social wellbeing and promoting environmentally sustainable practices.
The key elements influencing the design are integration of the environment within the existing urban fabric; balance between environmental processes and human habitation; creation of positive open spaces, spatial character, and district identity; and long-term sustainability emphasized throughout the design. We are proposing to use the Rakos Patak creek as the spine/seam of renewal for the various neighborhoods it crosses, stitching together historic, spatial and economic boundaries.
Integration and connectivity between ecological and social systems are the key development toward the cultivation of a healthy and balanced ecosystem. Benefits of the Ecological Water Corridor include the following interdependent, multifunctional parameters: people, time, space and resources.

Link to Ratos Patak Project Framework explained by Tania Urvois and Sophie Rannou ©


Spatial Configuration 1 Rakos Patak for Europan


In a land of plentiful geothermal sources, Budapest is famous for its more than forty baths and hundred thermal sources. Inspired by the diverse ecological natural and man-made water management systems existing along the Danube, the Rakos Patak ecological water corridor proposes a strong water oriented toolbox. The site is to act as a small scale display of the diversity of water management solutions for a sustainable co-existence between natural occurences and human habitat. Such solutions would help to avoid flood damage, to locally absorb and remediate storm runoff water and waste-water and to generate energy from the local renewable sources, such as geothermal and hydraulic energy.


As opposed to Buda’s residential hillsides, Pest lies on the plains of Rákos and extends into the edges of the Great Plain. This has benefi tted the installation of Budapest’s economic activities, its political administrative center, with Parliament, the academic center as well as the airport. Zuglo along the Rakos Patak creek is an up and coming district constituted of fragments of adjoining residential civic and industrial zones. The Rakos Patak ecological water corridor’s will weave across the zoning frontiers through mixed use of industrial, commercial, residential and recreational programs.

Spatial configuration Rakos Patak for Europan


Reinforcing and intensifying Rakos’ strongest existing characteristics is the way to mark its identity. Our spatial urban intervention is inspired by both vertical elements and horizontal expanses found onsite and augmented by natural landscape references.



Zuglo’s mixed industrial, commercial, residential and green zoning will allow for a rich and diverse temporality. The Rakos Patak ecological water corridor’s permacultural park and wetlands reintegrate seasonal fluctuations and long term ecological succession within the cityscape.


You can download the project in pdf for more detailed information here.


Maitrise d’ouvrage/ Commanditaire : EUROPAN  12
Architectes : Tania Urvois et Sophie Rannou
Mission : Concours