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BUILDING SOCIALIST GEORGIA

 

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Building Socialist Georgia for the first time unfolds hitherto hidden chapters of the history of architecture and urbanism in the country from 1920s to 1980s. Therefore, this book is not focusing on the already canonized work of “star architects” but instead gives thematic insights and puts works not only in architectural but also in political and geographical contexts. This mirrors in the contributions written by Georgia’s most significant architecture practitioners or historians and those of cultural theory. Their case does not aim at a stylistic or thematic cohesion, but deliberately use different methodological approaches of writing to open up a kaleidoscopic view of different time periods and topics spanning from the academic study and the essay, to personal family recollections. Building Socialist Georgia unveils a story of controversy, an ideology which never became a practical canon: A parallel history of architecture.

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Building Socialist Georgia erschließt zum ersten Mal bisher verborgene Kapitel der Geschichte der Architektur und des Städtebaus in Georgien von den 1920er bis 1980er Jahren. Das Buch konzentriert sich daher nicht auf das bereits kanonisierte Werk von "Stararchitekten", sondern gibt thematische Einblicke und stellt die Arbeiten nicht nur in architektonische, sondern auch in politische und geografische Zusammenhänge. Dies spiegelt sich in den Beiträgen der bedeutendsten georgischen Architekturpraktiker oder -historiker und Kulturtheoretiker wider. Ihr Fall zielt nicht auf eine stilistische oder thematische Kohäsion ab, sondern nutzt bewusst unterschiedliche methodische Ansätze des Schreibens, um einen kaleidoskopischen Blick auf verschiedene Zeiträume und Themen zu eröffnen, die von der akademischen Studie und dem Essay bis hin zu persönlichen Familienerinnerungen reichen. Building Socialist Georgia enthüllt eine kontroverse Geschichte, eine Ideologie, die nie zu einem praktischen Kanon wurde: Eine parallele Geschichte der Architektur.  

With contributions by Natia Mikeladse-Bachsoliani, Levan Kalandarishvili, Nano Zazanashvili, Zaal Andronikashvili, Nini Palavandishvili, Irina Kurtishvili and Gaga Kiknadze; Interviews by Ruben Arevshatyan and Georg Schöllhammer.

 

Edited by Irina Kurtishvili & Nini Palavandishvili

In cooperation with Ruben Arevshatyan and Georg Schöllhammer

 

Published with the generous support of GOETHE-INSTITUTE GEORGIEN, Tbilisi

 

Our special thanks goes to transit.at

Copyright Goethe-Institut Georgien

Published by Park Books, Zürich

English and Georgian editions 

30 x 30 cm / 232 pages / hardcover
Images in b/w and colour

Print run: 1,000 copies

Printing and binding 

CEZANNE Printing House, Tbilisi 

 

Designed by Alt Üst Studio, Istanbul 

2022 

ISBN (coming soon)

1. ZAHESI THE MUSEUM OF MECHANISMS by Natia Mikeladse-Bachsoliani.jpg

ZAHESI: THE MUSEUM OF MECHANISMS by Natia Mikeladse-Bachsoliani

2. CONSTRUCTIVISM IN GEORGIA by Levan Kalandarishvili.jpg

CONSTRUCTIVISM IN GEORGIA by Levan Kalandarishvili

3.THE ROPEWAYS OF GEORGIA From The Stalinist Empire Style To Modernism by Nano Zazanashvil

THE ROPEWAYS OF GEORGIA: From The Stalinist Empire Style To Modernism by Nano Zazanashvili

4. THE FIRST AND THE SECOND MODERNISM IN GEORGIA by Zaal Andronikashvili.jpg

THE FIRST AND THE SECOND MODERNISM IN GEORGIA: The Figurations of Modernity by Zaal Andronikashvili

5. MODERNISM AND LOCALITY by Nini Palavandishvili.jpg

MODERNISM AND LOCALITY by Nini Palavandishvili

6. IN THE SERVICE OF THE SOVIET UNION by Irina Kurtishvili.jpg

IN THE SERVICE OF THE SOVIET UNION by Irina Kurtishvili

7. THE RECONSTRUCTION, AND ADAPTATION OF TBILISI’S OLD DISTRICTS, 1975–1985  by Gaga Kikna

THE RECONSTRUCTION, REGENERATION, AND ADAPTATION OF TBILISI’S OLD DISTRICTS, 1975–1985: A Historical Review and Analysis of Preconditions by Gaga Kiknadze

8. INTERVIEW WITH TAMAZ TEVZADZE conducted by Ruben Arevshatyan and Georg Schöllhammer (2)

INTERVIEWS WITH GIVI SHAVDIA, TAMAZ TEVZADZE, GIVI METREVELI AND VAKHTANG DAVITAIA were conducted by Ruben Arevshatyan and Georg Schöllhammer

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Total of 50 biographies.of architects and engineers