The Showroom

Roundtable Discussion and Publication Launch: Anatomy of a Street

Wednesday 2 November 2011, 6.30–8.30pm


The Anatomy of a Street project drew its inspiration from studies examining the way architecture is embedded in social, political and economic contexts, and how architectural objects, symbols and constellations can be described and decoded in specific local settings, as well as in broader global networks. The case studies – streets and neighbourhoods from various locations: Budapest, Pécs, London, Warsaw and Belgrade – differ geographically, historically and culturally, as well as architecturally. Contrasts, parallels and synchrony are among the main questions that Anatomy of a Street raised, while addressing the evolution of various examples of the European high street.

The Anatomy of a Street publication consists of three chapters, (three separate volumes subsequently bound together), originally published separately as the documentation and diary of the research and related events, as well as essays and other contributions by academics, writers, artists and architects. The publication is edited by Levente Polyak & Eszter Steierhoffer.

On the occasion of the launch of the Anatomy of a Street publication, a roundtable discussion focused on plans and perspectives for Church Street in London, an area under major transformation. The event addressed questions related to urban regeneration, the role of internal borders and isolation in the preservation of neighbourhood character, social cohesion and local economy.

Image: View to the north of Church Street from the roof of Kennet House, page 18 of the Anatomy of a Street publication. Courtesy of the editors


Anatomy of a Street is a research project portraying epicenters of accelerated urban transformations: a comparative investigation of ‘high streets’ from Warsaw, Bratislava, Pécs, Budapest and Church Street in London


Access the digital publication HERE


Anatomy of a Street was documented on its own website (, however the site is now inactive