Building Together: Children's City
The Children City is an artistic intervention at the highest hill of Plovdiv, the so called Youth Hill known for its children railway. In 2019 children of Plovdiv will be invited to join the hands-on construction of their Children City. Here, they will become active participants of city planning, architects and builders, supported by the expertise of professionals. Over the time the children erect their own town using timber, recycled materials from construction sitesand industry as well as donations from Plovdiv’s households and companies.
Picking up on the idea of ‘junkitecture’, this project upcycles what may usually be looked upon as junk into a new sustainable version of architecture. The Children City does not intended to
copy the adult world in miniature, but is deliberately a work-in-progress ideal city from a child’s perspective, where in addition children will learn about democratic decision-making, participation and sustainability – and of course have a lot of fun, too...
The Green Book is about the “Building Together: Children's City“ project. Children of Plovdiv were invited to join the hands-on construction of their Children City at the Youth Hill. With the help of architects and using entirely ecological and recycled materials, they were able to build various temporary structures on the Youth Hill. From benches and gazebos to whole pavilions, to become a playground, but also in the personification of their ideas how a real Children's Town should look like. See the book online here or in pdf here. Authors: Magdalina Rajeva, Anna Kalinova, with the special contribution of Maik Ronz. Photographs: Néstor Boli, Magdalina Rajeva, Violena Georgieva, Toni Toneva, Pavlina Grozeva, Hristo Zhurnalov, Ventsislav Radkov, Michel Klehm, Veronica Andres.
Link to the project HERE.
The children's architectural competition, announced in April 2019, is just the first step of the project "Building Together" and its children's programme, which the Children's Architectural Workshop will take care of. A team of architects, headed by Magdalina Rajeva and Anna Kalinova, will be the leaders of the children's architectural journey from a dream school to a Children's Town. Maggie and Annie believe that architecture has an important place in the educational process. It stimulates creative thinking, technical skills, physical activity and teamwork - a diverse spectrum that few other disciplines can cover.
In the coming months, the Mladezhki Halm (Youth Hill) in Plovdiv will become the Children's Town - a project created by the idea of the children themselves - a project that was part of the application form of the city for the title "European Capital of Culture". The Children's Architectural Workshop will offer a number of workshops for children of different ages. With the help of architects and using entirely ecological and recycled materials, they will be able to build various temporary structures on the Youth Hill. From benches and gazebos to whole pavilions, to become a playground, but also in the personification of their ideas how a real Children's Town should look like.
More on the „Building Together“ project:
"Together" is not just the motto of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019, but also an idea and a mission behind which Goethe-Institut Bulgaria stands with its project "Building Together". It originated as an idea by German architects and artists Martin Kaltwasser and Mike Ronz who repeatedly visited Plovdiv. They believe that work and a common vision are the most direct path to commitment. They develop their idea of architectural workshops and initiatives to involve and include different communities in the city - from children and students to the Bulgarian, Roma and Turkish communities in different districts of Plovdiv. Geographically, the idea of "Building together" extends from Stolipinovo to the Mladezhki Halm.
The children's programme and the Children's City project is just one part of the "Building Together" project. Under the same motto, but with a focus on adults and people from different communities, Atelie 3 will work, behind which are the architects Donika Georgieva, Miroslav Velkov and Desislava Kovacheva. In the next six months, they will organize a number of urban and architectural workshops that focus on what it means to be truly "together" and learning from each other.
Building together: Children's City: Opening 1 June 2019
On the International Children's Day - June 1st - Children's Architectural Workshop, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, "BG Be Active" Association and Plovdiv 2019 Foundation will offer a full-day program with activities for children from architectural workshops to group training, crafts ateliers to a rope park.
The festivities will mark not only Children's Day but also the beginning of the large-scale initiative "Building Together: Children's Town", which is among the main projects of Plovdiv as a European Capital of Culture in the city's application book. In the coming weeks, the Plovdiv hill will become a children's town - built by the idea of the children and by the children themselves. They will be able to apply their imagination, to imagine their dream town, and build a small version of it. With the help of architects and entirely ecological and recycled materials, children will build various models and life-size structures on the Mladezhki Hill.
On June 1st, an all-day children's architectural workshop will launch the Children's Town. Every weekend, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, thematic workshops will be held until the end of June.
The International Children's Day on June 1 will continue with a variety of "BG Be Active" programmes within the Move Week Plovdiv 2019. The event will offer a wide range of activities for the whole family - workshops, including craft workshops, various physical activities with free access, as well as group training with instructors, a rope park and many others.
All events are free and accessible for children of all ages.
Building Together: Children's Town
Children's Architectural Workshop
Age: no limit
Move Week on the Mladezhki Hill
workshops, various physical activities, group training with instructors, rope park, etc.
Workshops schedule in June 2019 HERE.
‘Building Together: Children's City’ is a project based on the concept by Martin Kaltwasser and Maik Ronz (Germany), implemented by Goethe-Institut Bulgaria, Children´s Architectural Workshop (Bulgaria), Discovered Spaces (Bulgaria), Atelier 3 (Bulgaria) and local partners. With the support of Wilo Foundation.