Sofia Architecture Week (November 26 - December 2) is an international festival for architecture, which this year celebrates its 5th anniversary. Launched in September 2008 as a two-day conference, the event expanded into a week-long meeting and idea exchange platform for architecture, interior design, landscape and urban environment. Through stimulating a broad professional and public debate the festival aims at initiating sustainable social and architectural practices. The diverse and intense program features presentations, exhibitions, discussions, workshops, screenings and urban interventions as well as architectural workshops for the youngest.
Every year Sofia Architecture Week focuses on a specific topic – in 2012 that is the interaction between culture and architecture in the context of Sofia’s application for a European Capital of Culture in 2019. Participants and public will be all welcomed to follow study and model the interaction between cultural spaces and their creators, users, managers, public and artistic content.
Organizers of the festival are EDNO in partnership with America for Bulgaria Foundation and Sofia Municipality. The curator will be Fang Zhenning.
Guests of the festival have been: NL Architects, Mansilla Tunon, feld72, Rudy Ricciotti, JDS Architects, Ivan Kucina, Atelier Kempe Thill, ECDM, Raumlabor, 3+1 architects, Anne Lacaton, А 69, Frédéric Borel, Randic-Turato, Emre Arolat Architects, Dominique Lyon, Robert Thiemann (FRAME and MARK magazines), OFIS arhitekti, KWK Promes.
An intalian article by Valentina Silvestrini on Sofia Architecture Week here
We all create! Whether intuitively or on purpose we design urban everydayness. We change urban spaces by our very existence. The urge to have fun, to create, to change, to communicate or just to contemplate captivates and sways the mind. At this very moment the city transforms itself into something so much more than a décor of buildings and streets – a flexible space filled with ideas, impressions and longings. A space in which we are all artists.
Bulgarian cities compete to be European Capital of Culture in 2019 and this gives ground for a critical view upon the cultural infrastructure in both Bulgaria and Europe, with a look towards the avant-garde in the field today – Asia. Halls and museums, galleries and clubs, schools and community centers, squares and parks – whether existing or potential they all need creative ideas to transform them into up-to-date and inspiring spaces. Meanwhile artists, organizations and audience seek spaces to realize their ideas.