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February 3, 2024
Architectural and artistic synthesis. Dimitrovgrad
February 3, 2024
Public Lecture

GEGEN DIE WAND. Urban activism and cultural heritage.

Location

Sofia

Date

22.05.2023

Speakers

Aneta Vasileva,
Emilia Kaleva,
Zekie Emin

The city is a front, and heritage assets in cities are on the line of fierce battles – in fact not just in Bulgaria and this did not start today. How can we use architecture as a tool to talk about contemporary social change? How can we conserve heritage and identity during dynamic political and economic fluctuations?

A full house at Goethe-Institut Bulgaria on 22 May 2023 saw Aneta Vasileva, Emilia Kaleva, and Zekie Emin of New Architectural Heritage Foundation discuss urban activism, heritage, politics, and architecture, and draw comparisons across three countries – Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Which highrise is more preposterous – Suzler Plaza in Istanbul or ‘Zlaten vek’ in Sofia? The fate of which ‘palace of the people’ stirs the fiercest culture wars – Atatürk Kültür Merkezi in Istanbul or Palast der Republik / Stadtschloss / Humboldt Forum in Berlin? All of this alongside the key point of communication and conservation of heritage today.

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