János Gerle

is an architect and art historian, and editor of the architectural magazine Országépítô. His publications include books on turn-of-the-century and contemporary architecture including Palaces of Money – Bank Buildings of Budapest and The Architecture of Historic Hungary.


The rapid pace of change in Chinese urban landscapes has led to a resurge in interest in the architectural heritage of the “bourgeois era”. The Hungarian architect László Hudec, best known for the Grand Hotel in Shanghai (1931-34), is being rediscovered as a pioneer of Chinese modernism. János Gerle recalls the life and work of the technical and stylistic virtuouso.

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