Balkanology to be shown in Sofia
Balkanology. New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe
Exhibition, 4 November – 4 December 2011
Str. Gurko 4, telefona palata, Sofia, Bulgaria
Opening: 4 November, 6 pm
The exhibition Balkanology. New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe puts the rapid process of urban transformation and the architecture in the former-socialist republics of South Eastern Europe into focus. Selected examples in a range of locations concentrate on the new and unique development of architecture and urban development in these countries – as a deliberate alternative to attempting to provide a valid representation of the urban development for the entire region.
Supported by ERSTE Foundation from the outset, the exhibition opens up a new field, shedding light on the less well-known architecture of the post-socialist era as well as the result of unregulated and uncontrolled urban growth in the countries of South Eastern Europe. The focus of the exhibition is on the most recent socio-political changes and the impact that these have had on architecture and urban development in the region.
Extensive informal construction that began with the end of the socialist economic system has resulted in a radical transformation of urban structures and a new form of urbanisation. With examples from Belgrade, Bucharest, Kotor, Pula, Prishtina, Sofia, Tirana and Zagreb, the exhibition Balkanology. New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe shows how architects, urbanists and activists engage with the rapid processes of urban transformation in a context of their cultural, social and political dimensions in the Balkan countries. Research projects, concrete interventions, architectural analyses and planning strategies are introduced – along with little known exceptional Yugoslavian modern socialist buildings in a dialogue with contemporary architecture.
S AM — Swiss Architecture Museum
Az W Architekturzentrum Wien
AzS architekturzentrum sofia
Curated by Kai Vöckler
In cooperation with Vivacom and SAW (Sofia Architecture Week)
Supported by ERSTE Foundation
Balkanology. New Architecture and Urban Phenomena in South Eastern Europe was first shown in October 2008 in Basel (CH). After that it travelled to Vienna (AT), Bucharest (RO), Belgrade (RS) and Podgorica (ME).
For more information visit www.erstestiftung.org/project.