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Architecture Student Summer School

A heritage with a future


National Exposition of Arts and Crafts — Oreshak, Troyan


3 - 9 July 2021

Project Leaders

Aneta Vasileva,
Emilia Kaleva

The architecture summer school ‘Heritage with Future’ lays the foundations of developing a concept design for the masterplanning and development of the National Exposition of Arts and Crafts in Oreshak near the town of Troyan by gathering architecture students, locals and authorities.

With the initiative of Troyan Municipality and the leadership team of the National Exposition, the GRADOSCOPE team invited  students from the Architecture Faculty of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia to conduct a summer school taking the Exposition site as a case study. The aim was to research and analyse its potential and issues, to partake in discussing its potential with locals and to develop a concept masterplan for the development of underused spaces.

In the course of a week, the students gathered archival and current documentation and information to assess the condition of the buildings, they led discussions with the architect who designed the site, with the National Exposition leadership team, and hosted a public discussion to present the emerging ideas and proposals with local residents and craftspeople.

The analysis and proposals were organised in two phases and four themes:

  • ideas to improve the surrounding environment; 
  • ideas to develop and actively use all the buildings;
  • proposals for developing a brand strategy for the National Exposition based on its historic identity; 
  • opportunities for engaging with the public and attract more craftspeople and visitors to the National Exposition. 

The team developed and presented a complete use strategy and spatial plan for the buildings and site. The results from the summer school research project have been integrated into the future development plans for the National Exposition.

Participants: Viktoriya Dimitrova, Iva Hasamska, Nikola Yanev, Yoana Kalomenska, Magdalena Andonova, Teodora Madanska, Raya Marinova, Yordan Yordanov

External collaborator: Nikola Yanev, DOCOMOMO Bulgaria

Explore more about this project: at GRADOSCOPE’s webpage.

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