Aneta Vasileva

Aneta Vasileva
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy · Department of History and Theory of Architecture

PhD

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Introduction
Aneta Vasileva, M.Arch, Ph.D., is an architectural historian, critic and publicist. Aneta specializes in post-WWII architecture, socialist architecture and preservation of architectural heritage. She is a contributor to the EU Programme ATRIUM (Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XXth Century in Urban Management), member of A10 New European Architecture Cooperative and co-founder at WhAT Association, dealing with organization of architectural competitions and architectural criticism.

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Research, activities & educational outputs from the 2017 International Competition Culture in Europe (CCIE) conference, & the wider CCIE programme, are assembled here to provide invaluable resources, knowledge, & guidance. 25 European countries were involved in the programme & in 6 research programmes were set up. The 1st part provides an overview...
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By the end of WWII Bulgaria was a mostly agricultural country with less than 35% of its population living in the cities. The country was spared severe war destruction and only the capital Sofia was seriously hit by Allied bombing in 1943/ 1944, though not to the extent of many other European and Asian cities which lost over 80% of their urban fabri...
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At first glance the problems of children playgrounds in Sofia today are identical with the problems of any new public space that has appeared in the city in the past few years: they are expensive, do not take context into consideration, and most of all - children find them boring. On the other hand, the problems of children play areas in Sofia are...
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Late 1970s in socialist Bulgaria were a period when children were subjected to special interests, reaching far beyond the usual leftist child-oriented elements of the political ideology. Precisely this connection - to the always positive children’s theme, has saved the “Banner of Peace” monument in Sofia from being openly dissonant, unlike most of...
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The architectural brutalism of socialist Bulgaria has two distinct faces - one for the masses and one for the elite. And they are both best embodied by the work of a stubborn female architect with great command of béton brut, expressive construction and elaborate spaces - Stefka Georgieva (1923 - 2004), one of the most obscure figures serving the c...
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n the summer of 2017 a socialist monument was destroyed in downtown Sofia amidst heated debates. It was built in 1981 to celebrate 1300 years of the foundation of Bulgarian state in line with the prevailing communist nationalist rhetoric at the time - a Bulgarian version of the phenomenon related to a late 1970s shift in the country’s cultural poli...
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Cultural heritage is generally accepted recognized as a universal good which is indispensable for the development of human civilization and is connected to primary values and indisputable human rights. Yet, there are cultural areas in which there seems to be no mutual understanding of their “universal value”. On the contrary, neutral acceptance is...
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Bulgarian socialist architecture, and particularly its controversial monuments, have recently become the object of various informal actions, debates and interventions which provoke continuous social reactions and inspire spectacular newspaper front pages. It appears that such monuments have infinite potential for dividing people, not only on politi...
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Case Studies Bulgaria. ATRIUM – Architecture of totalitarian regimes of the XXth century in urban management. Survey by National Institute of Immovable Cultural Heritage Sofia, May 2012, Sofia
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The results of a pan-European survey of European architectural competitions and most specifically ‘Design Contests’, providing: 1) data on numbers and typologies; 2) practical info. on international portals, regulations and critical discourse and 3) country case studies providing commentary on the architectural culture within each state. Executed b...
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Bulgarian socialist architecture, and particularly its controversial monuments, have recently become the object of various informal actions, debates and interventions which provoke continuous social reactions and inspire spectacular newspaper front pages. It appears that such monuments have infinite potential for dividing people, not only on politi...
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The Competition Brief for the International architectural competition for a new building of Varna Regional Library, Bulgaria ©WhAT Association 2015
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SPANNUNGSFELDER Tendenzen in der zeitgenössischen Architektur Bulgariens Das Land im Südosten Europas hat viele hervorragende Bauten der Moderne hervorgebracht, in den letzten Jahren ist allerdings wenig Bemerkenswertes entstanden. Das hat unmittelbar mit den politischen Umwälzungen zu tun: Als zur Jahrtausendwende in Bulgarien ein kapitalistisches...
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The story of three emblematic motels on the outskirts of Sofia. EDNO Magazine. Summer 2011. Sofia

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Projects (4)
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A collaborative pan european project and programme in the field of architectural competitions and their innovation, for advancing understanding & practices, through research, education, professional congressing, networking & disseminations.