Dostroyka is an interactive model of a Tbilisian block, continuously constructed by the users throughout the Biennale. The project is rooted in a twofold understanding of the commons: while the notion of a collective is strongly rooted in Georgian culture, the idea of a common space is absent from the collective awareness. The project is inspired by the phenomenon of spatial and formal manipulations, undertaken by Georgians in response to the insufficiency of soviet housing. Dostroyka’s – owner-led adjustments to one’s private space – have been particularly manifest in the facades – archipelagos of personalized balconies, loggias, windows, etc. These guerrilla manipulations have been supported by a lack of consistent building regulations, which, together with creativity and boldness of Tbilisians, resulted in a patchwork-like image of the city’s residential zones.
The project seeks to raise awareness of the impact of each individual design decision on the quality of the shared space. While Dostroyka’s have typically been makeshift, quick fix adjustments to unsatisfying architecture, the ambition of the project is to emphasize the long-lasting impact that these decisions have on the commons. The project is also an archive of the phenomenon, which will likely be in decline as the Georgian building law is being modernized.