Residential buildings lined up in former Soviet micro-districts of Tbilisi have been built upon an idealistic vision of a happy collective life. But, the buildings were not enough to ensure the well-being of residents, and in a similar vein the micro-districts and the social housing were not enough for the creation of collectivism. As soon as the buildings and their residents got rid of the obligation to create socialist sentiments, the buildings began to transform according to the logic of individual requests for amenities and beautification.
The former Soviet blocks of Gldani are a living example of the transformation or adaptation of the utopian vision of Soviet ideology to the logic of modern human living standards.
Block 76 in Gldani’s third micro-rayon [micro-district] is one of the block of buildings that were usually named with odd and even numbers. It is a so-called “Czech project” residential building with 9 floors and four apartments per floor. The block will become an exhibition space during the Tbilisi Architectural Biennial. In cooperation with the residents, researchers and artists will create works and, with the consent of the residents, will exhibit them in the apartments and communal areas of the building. The exhibition Block 76 will make interventions in the mundane reality of the building, provoke new realities, preserve old and new stories and revive the good sides of collectivism.
Bàra Gallo/Czech Republic
Mariam Natroshvili+Detu jincharadze/Georgia
MistoDiya collective ( Dmytro Isaiev, Anna Dobrova, Dmytro Prutkin, Maria Semenenko)/Ukraine
Natuka Vatsadze+Temo Kartlelishvili /Georgia
Vazha Marr+Gio Kuchuhidze/Georgia