I am an all-around specialist in the field of Urbanism, including both Research and Design, who has background in urban design and social sciences. Due to my professional specialization and personal aspirations, I have a particular interest in exploring the potential of local citizens to collaboratively enhance the environment around them by utilizing the concept of placemaking.
Which additional experience/skills can people of Placemaking Europe reach out personally to you for?
I am an excellent collaborator with experience in remote cooperation and thus can be an useful partner in multiple-types of placemaking initiatives. I have a defined interest in R&D methods to implement the concept of placemaking in practice. Except of this I have a serious interest and sufficient knowledge regarding the application of 'design-thinking', 'human-centered' concepts in respect to urban development.
Which experience/skills can people of Placemaking Europe reach out to your organisation for?
The organization that I am representing '|In|Formal' has already a decent amount of practical knowledge of realizing physical renovations of urban spaces. This allows our team to be very useful in respect to purely technical issues and strategies concerning the involvement of local communities in actual construction works.
Describe one of the projects you are most proud of
It is hard to focus on one project that I am most proud of, therefore, I will highlight the most recent one that I am very proud of. Last September we realized 'The Youth's Sphere Spot' in a mid-size Bulgarian town called Shumen. There together with an ambitious group of youngsters from the city we managed to co-create an inspiring public spot for culture, gatherings and entertainment. The focal point of the project is a structure, designed on the principle of geodesic sphere while the rest of the urban furniture was constructed by recycle materials. The structures were executed as part of two public workshops with focus on (1) the concept of geodesic sphere and (2) recycling of logistic pallets into benches, tables and litter bins to furnish the public space. This ensured a systematic and effective way of involving local youth in the physical realization of the project that brought a great feeling of satisfaction the whole community.
The site, which accommodates the intervention, on the other hand, was regenerated through injecting it with new life, functionality, additional street lightning and security via surveillance cameras. The Youth's Sphere has become instantly a vital location for local youngsters and residents who generously donated a large amount of books and even a piano to support the co-creation of this, full of culture and inspiration, spot.