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One Architecture Week 2015: Lecture of Hanare Studio

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Design/Architecture

A Japanese proposal for Bulgaria on cultural activities in local communities

One Architecture Week is a festival organized in Plovdiv, a 2019 European Capital of Culture, by the One Foundation for Culture and Arts, an organization that plays an important role in popularizing contemporary culture. The aim is to promote the active involvement of local residents and improve the quality of architecture and town planning through forums, exhibitions, workshops, debates, children’s events and the like. At a symposium titled “On common(s) and commoning” Sakiko Sugawa, director of the Kyoto non-profit hanare, took part in the discussion on ways of building and being involved in communities, and ways of raising significant contemporary social issues. Participants described and compared their experience and various examples of engagement from around the world. After the demise of Communism, the concepts of coexistence and dialog received the cold shoulder in Bulgarian society during the 1990s while individualism gained preeminence. It is only in recent years that at last chances have begun to appear for taking another look at social life. Hanare’s publicity for “Examples of jointly imagining social environments while fomenting a sense of community and coordination” provoked a tremendous response in the hall.

 

Date:

28 Sep.2015

Venue:

Tobacco Warehouse (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Japanese participant:

Sakiko Sugawa (hanare)

 

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