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Film screening: »Gldani: History, Urban Planning and Reworking« by Tinatin Gurgenidze

Sunday, 16 June 2019, 16:00

»Gldani: History, Urban Planning and Reworking« by Tinatin Gurgenidze

Adress:Wasteland near U5 station Cottbusser Platz, at Maxie-Wander-Straße/corner Carola-Neher-Straße, 12619 Berlin
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»Gldani: History, Urban Planning and Reworking« by Tinatin Gurgenidze

Filmscreening and lecture by Tinatin Gurgenidze

The huge Gldani housing estate is located in the north-western outskirts of Tbilisi (Georgia) and was built between the 1970s and 80s. Originally planned for 147,000 inhabitants, it currently houses around 170,000 people. The settlement is divided by an infrastructural axis with so-called "microrajons" (microdistricts) on both sides. Microrajons were one of the fundamental planning elements in the USSR, consisting of blocks of flats for 5,000 to 10,000 inhabitants - each equipped with essential facilities: kindergartens, schools, grocery stores and some public institutions, such as a cinema or a library.

After the end of the Soviet era, the residents began to expand their homes with extensions, such as the famous "Kamikaze Loggias". The open spaces between the apartment blocks were filled with numerous, unconventionally built garages.

During the privatisation of Georgia’s real estate, the state transferred ownership of its apartments to their inhabitants in exchange for an administrative fee. Ownership of communal areas outside the apartments and houses was also transfered to residents. This has resulted in numerous conflicts about exact ownership and about responsibilities for repairs and infrastructure. At the same time, a microeconomy has spread throughout Gldani, ensuring many residents’ economical survival and an enlivening of public space through a density of social interaction: the inhabitant-owned conversions and extensions provide shops, pubs, meeting places and workshops.

 

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