Sofia Challenge is a competition organized by Sofia Municipality and Transformatori Association and is part of the global contest for innovative ideas Mayor’s Challenge – organized by the Bloomeberg Foundation.
The competition is looking for an innovative idea, that will solve a specific urban problem, but is also easily adaptable to another context.
The winner’s idea was developed with the support of Transformatori Association and Sofia Municipallity and is now part of the final Mayor’s Challenge Selection.
“DIY Sofia – mobile workshop for urban initiatives” empowers citizens to actively shape and transform their cit y through artistic and innovative
interventions. Citizens will choose a problem space in their neighbourhood and will transform it into a shared public space with support of the Municipality, artists and professionals .
In Sofia’s neighbourhoods there are many neglected public spaces. There is only a limit d number of examples showing groups of citizens taking care and successfully maintaining a part of their environment. After introducing the idea to the city, it will gradually change its appearance, becoming beautiful; there will be new, uniquely changed places, best describing the culture and creativity of the residents of the city.
Other independent, grass – root initiatives will appear , that will transform more of public and private urban spaces . The change will be physical as well as in the attitude of Sofia’s inhabitants, who will gain the courage and satisfaction from carrying for their environment . It will c r eat e an aesthetic attitude and sense of community, overcoming social differences and prejudices among the citizens through their involvement in a comm on cause.
This will connect with the global trends of sustainable development , urban agriculture, place-making and urban renewal . All participants in the initiative (citizens, Municipality, N G Os) will learn how to work together, new models of communication and collaboration will be tested , all participants will learn that they can do more for their city.