The Alternative Map

The Alternative Map

About this project

The Alternative Map of Plovdiv is a tourist guide of the uncharted and unfamiliar Plovdiv. It is made for those willing to
explore beyond the city’s surface, discovering its history and potential for themselves. The Alternative Map of Plovdiv
also draws attention to some landmark architectural and cultural sites that are threatened by destruction or neglect.
The Alternative Map of Plovdiv features several routes comprising a number of thematically related sights, as well as
unexpected stopover opportunities such as side-street cafés and restaurants, and observation points.
Four of the routes were designed as a result of the public discussions held in 2012 at artnewscafe under the general
theme “An Arbor for the City”, with the following sections: Plovdiv’s Communist Heritage, Plovdiv’s Tobacco
Warehouses, the Kapana Quarter and Bauhaus Under the Hills. The routes Religions and Otets Paisiy St. were added
with a view of creating wider awareness of Plovdiv’s history and life style.
The Alternative Map of Plovdiv aims to activate a social and cultural curiosity for the city’s past and present on the
basis of tolerance, avoiding ideological or nationalist bias. Simultaneously, it aims to provoke public reflection and
recognition that the city is both a complex living organism and a stimulating place for relaxation.