Size: 24x17 cm
Several articles were published on Idaaf.com about the Soviet bus stop and immediately great response was followed. This photo project of the architect Nanuka Zaalishvili was first presented by the gallery “project Art Beat” within the photo festival “Kolga” and then exhibited at Tbilisi Art Fair. Special attention was paid to the book: “Soviet bus stops in Georgia”, in which the author Nanuka Zaalishvili presented photos of the bus stops collected during 2015-2018 around Georgia.
The book contains more than one hundred Bus Stops and describes their architectural value today.
“Design of the most bus stops has passed through the hands of an iconic Georgian architect George Chakhava. Chakhava served as the Deputy Minister of Road Construction in 1969-1987 and was actively involved in all issues related to roads. The bus stops in the village of Patara Kanda, Tezeri, Borjomi, Nigoza, Natakhtari and village Tsikhisdziri – were all his projects. Stops in Kanda, Tezeri and Borjomi were built with the “Building Element” invented by Giorgi Chakhava. Government gave them status of national heritage because of their importance.”
Architectural researcher and Harvard PHD Student Angela Wheeler also published her essay: “A Departure from the Ordinary: the Design Legacy of Soviet Bus Stops” in the book.
“One might think that the Soviet transportation authorities would have devised a universal design for this humble public structure – simple, practical, and prefabricated. While some bus stops were indeed mass-produced, their small size and freedom from the constraints of utilities made them an ideal “micro project” for Soviet designers seeking a creative outlet on a limited budget. The resulting projects, many of which were built seemingly without design restrictions, became a precious opportunity for local architects to take risks.”
The book “Soviet Bus Stops in Georgia” is available for sale following stores in Tbilisi:
“Black Dog Shop”;
“Georgian National Museum”;
“The National Gallery”;
„Project Art Beat”;