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Forms of Living, Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, Tbilisi, Georgia

Part of Tbilisi Architecture Biennial (TAB) 2018

‘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 disorder.

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.’ TAB

Concept
Forms of Living is an encyclopaedic urban atlas (catalogue) where specific post-Soviet transformations are gathered together. The installation, which exposes the image of current informal architecture, is a representation of Gldani district’s poor living conditions.

The Forms of Living display’s spontaneous self-made architectural style, a clash of different materials, annexes and extensions that speak to us of an ideological and economical conflict and coexistence. The fragments, which represent the atlas of transformations, gather together as different market values and create a catalogue of accidental materials.

Fragments of joints is a new archetype that forms an interesting pattern of human behaviour and embodies fundamental characteristics of informal architecture.

The installation will gradually change its form and location, which is also a demonstration of a constant change of lifestyle chosen by the user.

Architects

Tezi Gabunia, Vano Ksnelashvili, Nikoloz Maisuradze, David Tsanava

Collaborators

Copypaste, Tbilisi Architecture Biennial

Text and Research

Davit Koroshinadze, Oto Shengelia

Status

Realisation

Type

Temporary Installation

Location

Gldani, Tbilisi, Georgia

Year

2018

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