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თბილისის ძველი ფოტოები. Old photos of Tbilisi

Dead Places in Tbilisi and How to Revive Them

“It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth.” – David Attenborough (Planet Earth II) BEGINNING While the laureate of the highest architectural award, the Pritzker Prize 2016, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena sees a solution to […]

Photo: Nanuka Zaalishvili

Soviet Bus Stops In Georgia #2

My “hunt” on Soviet bus stops continues in different regions of Georgia. This time I’m presenting the second (and not the last) part of the collected material. First part you can check here: This isn’t a photo project yet, it’s more of a documentation of currently existing material. Photo project turned out to be more […]

Photo: James Mollison
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The Architecture of Improvement: How Alejandro Aravena Is Changing the World With Beautiful, Practical Buildings

IDAAF PRESENTS AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THIS YEAR’S PRITZKER PRIZE–WINNING ARCHITECT, ALEJANDRO ARAVENA, FROM SURFACE — THE AMERICAN MAGAZINE OF GLOBAL CONTEMPORARY DESIGN. THE ARTICLE APPEARS AS THE COVER STORY OF ITS POWER 100 ISSUE, WHICH LAUNCHED LAST WEEK. READ ON FOR THE INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY ROCKY CASALE AND REFLECTIONS FROM SURFACE’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, SPENCER BAILEY: […]

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Architecture, As a Metaphor In Movies

  Since 70’s, XX century architecture is trying to get rid of the regulations established by the modernist paradigms and is seeking inspiration in painting, music, sculpture and other art fields. Composite structure of Cubist paintings, literary fragments of Heraclitus, Bach Preludes are inspiring architectural projects, however this heightened interest in the arts and other […]

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“Saakashvili didn’t need interesting architects to design the New Georgia”

  Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian politician who currently serves as the governor of the Ukrainian city of Odessa, was paid a rare honor a couple of years ago. He was, to my knowledge, the only world leader to be specifically mentioned on the cover of an architectural magazine, an honour that he probably appreciated when […]

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“The Commons”

  Not a lot is written about architecture in our country and whenever it is, mostly it is written by architects about each other, urban environment or topics related to professional matters. The individuals for whom all of this architecture is created have no chance to show their opinion at all. The most being done […]

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Pavements–Already a Necessity

  I should have written this article quite a long time ago, when in the city, being a pedestrian, I felt discomfort and did not pay attention to it. This was the beginning of the “era” when cars landed onpavements, while space between them became people’s only walking area. The majority of streets in Tbilisi […]

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William Blake’s Demons and Smithsons’ Monster

If you really want to know about all this brutal mess and its review in the architectural context, then I’ll start everything from the very beginning. In fact, not from the very beginning, but from 1757, when little William was born in the family of Mr. James Black, a man who used to sell second-hand […]

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Essay – Two sides of Architecture

Everything has two sides, and architecture is no exception. Inside attractive facades there frequently are ugly details, while beyond impressive interiors there are “dark corners” hidden from the eyes of people. Architecture is power! A good architect is the one who will rule upon a particular area with dignity, whereas a genius is who with […]

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Genial Dogons settled in Corbusier

Dogons are ancient African tribes in the south of river Niger, who had refused Islamization and generally everything that is connected with the development of civilization. They still exist and are still separated from others, building their houses with clay-stone as before, wearing colourful clothes and living as happily as centuries ago. The constant clicking […]

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THERE’S EVERYTHING MODERN ABOUT MODERN ARCHITECTURE

 “Architecture should speak of its time and place,  but yearn for timelessness”.                                                                                                                                   Frank Gehry In the place where I was born, architecture is just seen as usage of glass material on the facade.  I still live in my hometown and existence among so many glass buildings exhausts me, takes away all my energy because nothing […]

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Inside – Outside

  The story depends on our faith, but still when God created humans, He did not let us see what is happening in the internal organs. However this is the main area where vital processes take place and without those organs we would be unable to survive. The body is arranged so that the organs […]

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Religion Under the Limelight of Modern Architecture

  I do not really know when the world started arguing about whether God exists or not, but the fact that religion is most often a cause of heated debate, is unquestionable. For so many centuries such a powerful being, like human, can not explain who we are and where we come from, but we […]

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