Tbilisi architecture biennial

Common Singularity

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03.11.20

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While not openly labelled as such, both the façade and the balcony are inherent epitomes of the commons. Threshold between private and public, the balcony inserts itself as a peculiar element in a liminal space that belongs to both, that belongs to none. Topos of amorous flirtation, the balcony is a privileged but ambiguous space that brings lovers closer while keeping them apart. Transgressive boundary, the balcony declares the expression of the individual self as part of the city. Anti-gravitational apparatus, the balcony articulates the complex relationship between inside and outside, up and down. In theatrical space, the balcony is also subject to a regime of visibility, a space of stage, where power and vulnerability are on display


Even though the program behind claims otherwise, the balcony belongs to an imperatively common space. If not by use, as a visual common. Physically bounded, its territorial claims extend further than the defined space. Liminal space at the brink of the façade and street, the balcony is a peculiar threshold where nothing can happen without possibly being seen.


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