Online Resources

Lots of results emerge from a "Laszlo Hudec Shanghai" keyword search on various search engines. This page is a collection of those results, organized by relevance to Hudec and types of discussions.


Made in Shanghai by Réka Pigniczky of 56Films

The Life of Laszlo Hudec, a documentary short, by Réka Pigniczky of 56Films

Image banks containing photos of Hudec buildings

Hudec Heritage Project by Virag Csejdy

Virtual Shanghai. An exciting research tool, this collection of photographs of Shanghai from the 19th century to the 21st was created by the Institut d�Asie Orientale in Lyon, France and the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, USA. The sites listed that relate in some way to Hudec's buildings (though not identified as his) include:

Shanghai in Images. This seems to be perhaps an earlier version of Virtual Shanghai, hosted by the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative with principle investigators Christian Henriot (Lyon University) and Wen-hsin Yeh (Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley).

Shanghai Architecture. A site posted by Paul Pak-hing Lee, a photography artist with an interest in Shanghai, in 1997 and 2002. Has photos of these Hudec buildings: A database "of building-related data. The building industry widely uses Emporis to publish and analyze information about the real-estate and building markets." It lists the Park Hotel, along with two photos, one of the new garage (why is not clear), and a few statistics on building height, etc.

Asia-China-Shanghai: World Famous Buildings. This website's photographs occasionally don't appear. It appears to have been created by Benedict Byunguh Yu, of CNU Architects & Associates, a Korean company.

Kunst online. A Danish site listing significant buildings from around the world, and includes the Park Hotel among them; links to external websites, such as for the Park Hotel (see description above).

Online and print books and articles (out of date--feel free to send me updates)

Hietkamp, Lenore. The Park Hotel, Shanghai (1931-1934) and its Architect Laszlo Hudec (1893-1958): "Tallest Building in the Far East" as Metaphor for Pre-Communist Shanghai. MA Thesis. University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada 1998.
My MA thesis on the Park Hotel.

Hietkamp, Lenore. "The Park Hotel." Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture. Routledge, 2003.

Johnston, Tess, and Deke Erh. A Last Look: Western Architecture in China. The online version of Tess Johnston and Deke Erh's first book on western architecture in China, with a brief biography of Hudec, as well as coverage of some of his most interesting buildings:

Lee, Leo Ou-fan. Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of a New Urban Culture in China 1930-1945. Cambride, Mass and London, England: Harvard University Press, 1999. Explores the development of Shanghai culture as it embraces the modernity and pride in a unique cosmopolitan lifestyle. Within the cultural history provided by this book, Hudec's work can be seen as concrete manifestations of that modernity--not just of intellectual or economic history but of real, experienced history.

Lee, Leo Ou-fan. "Shanghai Modern: Reflections on Urban Culture in China in the 1930s", and article about Shanghai's urban culture that provides useful historical context for Laszlo Hudec's work, particularly because he had many Chinese clients. The article, written by Chinese literature scholar Leo Ou-fan Lee from Harvard University, is a distillation of his book, Shanghai Modern (1999).

Lu, Hangchao. Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999.
This book investigates the life of the majority of Shanghai people who did not participate in the lifestyle that enabled Hudec's commissions. Beyond the Neon Lights therefore provides a critical contextual component to the study of Hudec's work because it demonstrates that his architecture, his clients, and his whole life in Shanghai were not typical of China, even though his work seems so important to the study of architecture and the study of Republican China.

Jakubowicz, Andrew. A page about the Park Hotel's architect being remembered in his role as the Hungarian consul in Shanghai. From a site about Shanghai's Jewish community. University of Technology Sydney.

Moravánsky, Ákos. Competing Vision: Aesthetic Invention and Social Imagination in Central European Architecture, 1867-1918. Cambridge, Mass. and London, England: The MIT Press, 1998.

Rowe, Peter G. and Seng Kuan. Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China. Cambridge and London: The MIT Press, 2002. The first book in the English language on modern architecture in China, the authors characterize the introduction of modern architecture into China as a quest for a modern language for the built environment that also engages the "essence" of Chinese culture. Shanghai is a important site in this history; the work of Hudec is discussed as an important part of this engagement with modernity within China.

Other related pages

Current use of the Wu House as a club.

Shanghai Daily archived articles on Hudec's buildings and related topics (need to be a subscriber to read the whole story):

Web creation resources

HTML Tutorial. Useful for codes for basic html functions, including numeric codes for colors, and has a great reference section.

Flavell, Alan, University of Glasgow. Unicode data tables. Thorough list of unicode for characters of many different languages.

The Text Encoding Initiative. A major site to aid the standardization and storage of digital information (though I confess I don't understand much of it!)

World Wide Web Consortium. All the web design, accessibility, and standardization issues one could ever want.

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