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Lecture Series

bgsocarch The architecture of Bulgaria in the second half of the 20th century

Location

University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia

Timeframe

2018 - present

Lecturers

Aneta Vasileva
Emilia Kaleva

The lecture series ‘Bulgarian Architecture During the Second Half of the 20th Century’ was inaugurated in autumn 2018 as part of the Department of History and Theory of Architectre at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (UACEG), Sofia. Every winter semester since the course began, it provokes the students with an experimental mix of architectural theory, history, conservation, politics, economy, culture and pop culture aiming to discuss Bulgarian socialism and postsocialism in a global context.

The lecture series is a natural result and continuation of the two interconnected dissertations of Aneta Vasileva and Emilia Kaleva defended in 2017. They combine a theoretical-historical understanding with modes of enquiry from conservation with the primary aim to understand, acknowlege and conserve the postwar architectural layer in the country. The lectures themselves present a complex picture of the history of Bulgarian architecture between 1944 and 1989 (the period of Bulgarian socialism), they track the transition period of the last decade of the 20th century and analyse the postsocialist response to these architectural strands.

The lectures sequentially discuss the context of architecture across the globe and the culture of Bulgarian architecture during the second half of the 20th century. They analyse key events, projects and exemplars of Bulgarian architecture and draw out issues and directions for the conservation of Bulgarian architectural heritage from this period. Over 250 students have already completed the lecture series module and it continues to impact many practical exercises, research and thesis projects.

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