On 13.11.2020 Sofia Development Association held an organized city walk in the framework of AGORA project, which aims at faster and better regeneration of the urban environment. During the walk, a pre-identified location was presented - the "Toplocentralata" project for renovation of the heating plant which is a good example for reintegration of underused urban assets.
All stakeholders who took part in the walk got acquainted with the plan for reconstruction of the building of the former Heating plant of the National Palace of Culture and its transformation into a center for art and culture.The aim of the "Toplocentralata" project, which is being implemented thanks to the Sofia Municipality, is to create a place for independent artists to perform in Bulgaria and to prove that abandoned industrial spaces in the urban environment have the potential for new life.
Sofia is working on Thematic Cluster 3 of the AGORA project: Evaluation and analysis of unused public spaces, open and closed, as centers for social, educational and / or cultural services. In this regard, SDA presents the "Toplocentralata" as a pilot project for urban development. The walk helped to clarify the functions of the site, to identify potential users and audiences, to give ideas for smooth and effective integration of the space in the surrounding park and to generate ideas for programming and promotion of the future cultural center.
The walk was conducted in accordance with anti-epidemic measures and it was filmed. The footage from it will be used for the production of a video, which will be distributed in the information channels of the project.
The AGORA project is implemented under the INTERREG Danube program and is co-financed by the European Union funds (ERDF, IPA II).