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The world – renowned urbanist Prof. Jan Gehl will visit again Varna Free University


Seminar on The Pedestrian Environment in the Central Urban Areas will be held from 26 to 28 February, 2018. Speaker is the world – renowned Danish architect and urban designer - Prof. Arch. Jan Gehl, who has been conferred the honorary title Doctor Honoris Causa of Varna Free University.


Prof. Gehl is the author of the monographs "Cities for People", "Life between Buildings", "New City Spaces", "Public Spaces - Public Life" and others. He is the author of urban improvement projects in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rotterdam, London, Amman, Melbourne, Sydney, San Francisco, New York, Moscow and others.


Within the framework of the training seminar on The Pedestrian Environment in the Central Urban Areas, a presentation of the Deputy Mayor of Varna Municipality for the forthcoming projects in the city is foreseen. The event includes topics related to urban pedestrian planning, direct observation of the existing situation in the central city area of Varna. Prof. Jan  Gehl will introduce the participants to good practices and research on the potential for improving the pedestrian environment and will present the tools for analysis of the urban spaces. The Forum aims to synthesise specific design solutions for urban aestheticisation by creating public spaces adapted to the needs of people and to discuss possible solutions for optimizing the pedestrian environment in the central area of Varna.


On 27 February (Tuesday) at 9:30 am, the STUDENT LABORATORY "VARNA – A CITY FOR PEOPLE" hall will be officially opened under the patronage of Prof. Arch. Jan  Gehl.




26 February 2018 (Monday)

Preparatory Panel I.

Opening the seminar and the Month of Architecture

Moderator: Arch. Hristo Topchiev                                        

Venue: Central urban area


Familiarization with and detour of the central urban area

         The area around the Festival and Congress Centre;  

          The area around the entrance of the Seaside Garden;   

          The area along Knyaz Boris III blvd.

27 February 2018 (Tuesday)

Main Panel II.

Opening of the Student Laboratory "Varna - A City For People"

under the patronage of Prof. Arch. Jan  Gehl


Moderator: Arch. Mladen Tanov, PhD                                                             Venue: room 405

9:30 - 9:40

Opening of the main panel of the Student Laboratory "Jan  Gehl - Varna - A City for People"

9:40 - 10:30

Presentation of the Deputy Mayor Mr Peycho Peychev on the forthcoming projects of Varna Municipality

10:30 - 12:00

Presentation and discussion of student projects of the laboratory

          Landscape projects;

          Design of signs for visually impaired;

          Project solutions and practices for the central pedestrian zone of Varna

Practical panel III.


Moderator: Arch. Petar Nikolov                               Venue: Educational and Sports Complex 1

13:30 - 15:00

Public lecture and practical training with Prof. Jan  Gehl  

-  analysis of the problem areas observed in the previous day by Arch. Jan Gehl;  

-   review of photo material;

-   marking of mapping material;

-   commenting on good practices and potential for improving the environment;

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 16:30

Discussion on the topic

16:30 - 17:00

Presenting certificates, autographs and photos with Professor Jan Gehl

28 February 2018 (Wednesday)

Closing panel III.

Closing the seminar

Moderator: Prof. Atanas Kovachev, D.Sc.                Venue: Educational and Sports Complex 1

9:00 - 10:30

Workshop with prof. Jan Gehl for the development of the central part of Varna

-    the methodology of the analysis of urban spaces with examples of good practices applicable in Varna     

by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър