Architects design spaces for people to live with grand theories of society and living. Once the spaces are constructed, and the photos for the design magazines are taken, the architects are gone. The inhabitants move in with their own ideas of living, the theories of the architects, and the ‘inherent’ instructions unknown to them.
This was especially the case of Trakiya, a modernist mass housing complex designed in the late 70’s in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The architects worked hard to make a more ‘humanistic’ form of panel block apartments. Much of their design was never seen through. Because of a lack of laws and a desperation to communicate individuality and power over the system. The inhabitants altered the function and physical appearance of the neighborhood on multiple scales.
The intention of this exhibition was to bring the two, often critical of the other, points of views together: Inhabitant & Architect.
My anthropological research had identified the main points of “Theory” and main points of “Inhabitation” collages were created to address the points of confrontation, with a small text unpacking the views. The collages were set up in a park in the neighborhood in a spatial way to encourage interaction and conversation. Inhabitants and the architects of 40 years ago were present, their conversations were recorded and analyzed.