The UIA’s Bulgarian Section, the Union of Architects of Bulgaria, is hosting the Balkan Architecture Forum (BAF) from 18 to 19 March 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The two major sessions of the Forum will take place at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia and evening cultural events will take place at the House of the Architects, home of the Union of Architects of Bulgaria. The Forum is a precious opportunity for architects and their colleagues in related fields to explore and discuss from an architectural and urban planning perspective the imminent entry of the Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, and Serbia – into the European Union.
Organised around the theme “Balkan Potential,” discussions on 18 March 2018 in Sofia will focus on reconciling the development of the Western Balkans with preserving nature, local cultures and traditions. Ministers and representatives from the Bulgarian government as well as representatives from the Balkan nations will participate alongside the Presidents of the national architectural organisations of Balkan countries. The Forum recognizes the central role of architects in policymaking concerning infrastructure, urbanisation and industrialisation and the Union has invited UIA President Thomas Vonier to attend a working meeting of all delegations from the Balkan countries.
National delegations will sign a declaration addressed to European and Western Balkan governments who will participate in the EU-Western Balkan Summit, set to take place in Sofia in May 2018. The declaration will confirm not only the desire for partnership among Balkan countries, but also the desire of architects to collaborate with local and national authorities to improve quality of life in their region.
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