Tbilisi Architecture Biennial (TAB): Forms Of Living
Tbilisi, Georgia (2018)
© Tbilisi Architecture Biennial
Introduction by Tbilisi Architecture Biennial
Our interest in studying soviet micro-districts is
connected with the fact, that these neighborhoods were designed and
constructed according to the Soviet rules and regulations and were results of
the idealistic dream of accommodating every single family in the former Soviet
Union. Today, these places have established themselves in the new system and
reflect traces of Tbilisi’s recent history.
As a result of communal living, Soviet architecture
has gradually transformed into a new characteristic image, though its own
ideological stereotypes dictated these chaotic changes.
As a result of post-Soviet transformation, all
inherent functional parameters have turned off and caused noticeable
stagnation of cultural growth. Spontaneous and accidental self-made structures
were developed as an answer of dwellers to the architecture and a self-solution
to their living space problems, which quickly became an object of manipulation
for inhabitants. While on the other hand, it is a demonstration of existing socio-economic
Chaotic process and eclectic style formed new
architectural standards, which predict today’s social and cultural condition.
Quick urbanization dictates no significance of human living culture.
Forms of Living
Forms of Living is an encyclopedic urban atlas (Catalogue) where specific
post-Soviet transformations are gathered together. The installation is a
collage of Gldani district’s inert living conditions which expose the image of
current informal architecture.
Forms of Living display spontaneous self-made architectural style, a clash of
different materials, annexes, extensions, which tell us about the ideological,
economical conflict and coexistence. Encountered fragments gather different values of market and create
image of accidental catalogue of materials which talk about the atlas of transformations.
Fragments of joints is a new archetype which forms an interesting pattern of
human behavior, which embodies fundamental characteristics of informal
The installation will gradually change its form and location, which is also a
demonstration of constant change of style caused by the user’s demand.
© Copy Paste
In collaboration with Copy Paste
Status: Outdoor Installation
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Authors: Tezi Gabunia, Ivane Ksnelashvili, Nikoloz Maisuradze, Davit Tsanava
Text: Davit Koroshinadze
Research: Oto Shengelia
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