My name is Julian Manev and I work as a Part II Architectural Assistant at an award-wining practice in central London. I’ve been involved in a number of projects, primarily the regeneration of a major university in central London. I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2011 and 2014 with a BSc and a Masters of Architecture respectively. I’ve won a number of awards for my work – most recently the triennial Alexander Greek Thomson Scholarship from the Glasgow Institute of Architects. I am originally from Varna, Bulgaria but have lived in the UK since 2008.
I have had an interest in the monuments from our past for almost a decade. It was with great pleasure that I spent an afternoon at the monument ‘1300 Years Bulgaria’ last September. It made me wonder how the monument could regain a meaningful place in the life of the city. It was around then that I also read about its confirmed demolition. I could not help but think that someone must do something about it…and then decided that that someone could be me. It was only when I started researching its story that I discovered the history of the site and of the Memorial to the I Iron Division and its tragic end. And thus, Memorial Park ‘681’ was born.
I hope this project offers something meaningful to the citizens of Sofia. Something that perhaps they did not appreciate they had or could have. I hope the City Council re-considers its position on the demolition and gathers all concerned parties for constructive discussion. I know this site has tremendous potential.
This is a project that will offer something unique to the city and all its inhabitants and visitors alike. As I have already said– this is only the starting point. It is up to you how it ends.
This project has been done entirely on good will. Neither I nor anyone else involved has received anything in return, apart from my sincere thanks and gratitude.
If you would like to contact me in relation to this project, you can do so on:
Boyko Taskov – graphic design
James Boyd – proposal design
Ivan Raykov – web design
Svetozar Manev – text editing