Tbilisi Architecture Biennial 2020 ‘What do we have in common’
17 Oct – 11 Nov 2020
Tbilisi and Online
The second edition of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, which is conceived under the name What Do We Have in Common proposes to take a closer look at the notion of commonness in our increasingly individualized and fragmented societies. After the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union, several barely recognized countries were added to the world map. These newly born “post-socialist” states had to undergo an inevitable but painful transformation from planned to a market economy – an economic transition that has been expressed in both the city‘s cultural norms and its urban fabric. A “collectively” organised society became increasingly individualized, the planned urban spaces turned into more fragmented and divided ones.
The second edition of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial will be carried out in a digital space where the website will become the main platform of the event. It will incorporate various media in order to support diverse formats of events. Shifting the Biennial online will ensure a wider outreach and participation on a global scale. It will become a transcontinental event, activating different places worldwide and spilling its activities beyond Tbilisi.
A Dialogue with a Bench
2–8 November 2020
New and contemporary seating parts have been designed to the old Soviet-era concrete park benches. Tbilisi Architecture Biennial’s project concentrates on the quality of everyday life and the visually pleasing built environment.
As a part of the second, on-going, Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, the collaborative project A Dialogue with a Bench investigates the Soviet-era concrete benches turmoil and their possible brighter future in contemporary Tbilisi. The project proposes five new additions to the benches for visually pleasing and yet functional common use.
The project participates in the Soviet heritage discussions being vocal about functionality.
Participating architects: Nutsa Labadze, Salome Malatsidze, Kaisa Karvinen, Karita Rytivaara, and Aaro Martikainen
Curator: Mikko Mäki