The Alternative Map of Plovdiv

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv is a travel guide to the places of Plovdiv which are different, little-known and aren’t included in official travel guides. The Alternative Map of Plovdiv draws attention to the buildings and monuments of architectural and cultural significance which are characteristic of the city’s outlook, but are neglected and in danger of being demolished or slowly crumbling.

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv presents thematic routes with relevant sites marked along them. Those following the routes can also look forward to unexpected surprises not marked on the map – narrow winding streets with cafes and restaurants, picturesque views or the mixtures of diverse lifestyles.

The contents of the Alternative Map of Plovdiv and the thematic routes have been compiled by an editor and a team of historians, architects and urban planning experts. Their work also includes public lectures and open discussions known as City Arbour, where experts, citizens and the local community are welcome and active in discussing their city, its history, and its development.

Since 2013 there is a printed edition of The Alternative Map of Plovdiv as well as a website: www.alternativeplovdiv.com. In 2017, new routes were included in the map based on the topics of City Arbour 2015.

The 2013 Map included the following routes: Communist-era heritage in Plovdiv, Plovdiv’s Tobacco Quarter, Kapana Quarter, Bauhaus, Religions and Otets Paisiy St.

In 2017 new thematic routes were added to The Alternative Map of Plovdiv: The Mahalata – The Hadji Hassan Quarter, The Maritsa River – Modes of Inhabiting /Karshiyaka, Marasha, Stolipinovo/, The Social Life of Panel Buildings /The Trakiya residential area/, The Hills as a Form of Urban Life. This choice of thematic routes was determined by urban planning, social and cultural interest in the modes of inhabiting spaces by various ethnic and social groups, through the atmosphere of Plovdiv’s everyday life. Since 2013 the map has been edited because some of the buildings have been torn down and the Kapana route was taken out because since 2014 it is central to Plovdiv’s official city map.

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv and City Arbour are some of the main projects included in The Open Arts Foundation’s City and Culture Program and they aim to create a new and broader perspective to the city and activate urban knowledge as a synthesis of social, historical and cultural curiosity. The Alternative Map of Plovdiv aims to foster civic reflection and the recognition of the city as a stimulating living organism and a place of engagement.

Ⓒ Todor Nenov

Ⓒ Todor Nenov

Ⓒ Todor Nenov

Ⓒ Todor Nenov

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv - Night 2016

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv - Night 2016

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv - Night 2016

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv - Night 2016


Team

Alternative map of Plovdiv is a project of the Open Arts Foundation.

Alternative Map of Plovdiv 2013
Editor-in-chief: Katrin Sarieva (Open Arts Foundation)
Project authors and initiators: Katrin Sarieva (Open Arts Foundation), Arch. Vladislav Kostadinov and Eng. Antonia Valkanova (8 ½ Studio)
Translation from English: Boris Deliradev
Graphic design: PUNKТ Studio, Georgi Lazarov
With the support of the Plovdiv Municipality



Alternative Map of Plovdiv 2017
Editor-in-chief: Katrin Sarieva (Open Arts Foundation)
Authors: Katrin Sarieva (Open Arts Foundation), Arch. Megan Lueneburg, Atanas Dimitrov
Consultants: Vladimir Balchev, Nikola Venkov
Coordinator: Vasilena Pancharova
English translation: Martin Petrov
Graphic design: PUNKT Studio, Georgi Lazarov
Website: 1337.bg, Bogdan Kovachev