Tbilisi is a city where global change is happening in fast forward. The intense transformation of Georgia over the past decade is reflected particularly in the ambitious building projects that are altering its capital almost daily: Tbilisi seems to wake up with a new face every morning. This rapid transformation is creating new debates among the people of Tbilisi and raising important questions: What should be preserved and what should be destroyed? What can be owned and what belongs to everyone? What do we want to remember and what can be forgotten?
In 2015 we decided to gather these stories of change and create an archive. We started by mapping places of upheaval and talking to people who were trying to shape Georgia's future in different ways. We dived into the city's archives to discover incredible unpublished material about Tbilisi's moving past.
We are a group of internationally-renowned publishers and artists living in Georgia, the USA, and Germany, who have been collecting material in Tbilisi for more than three years. We have now finally decided to bring it all together in one volume. Comprising contributions from city planners, architects, political activists, artists, and politicians, this book sets out to record the different dimensions and speeds of change. It’s a snapshot of a city in transition.
- city planer Surab Bakradse (GE) on the degradation of public spaces
- journalist Ben Knight (DE/GB) on Chinese investors and the new Silk Road
- landscape architect Sara Cowles (USA) on market imperatives
- activist Elene Margvelashvili (GE) on the art of protesting
- journalist Sebastian Pranz (DE) on the Georgian pioneers of science
- pictures by the artists
Mamuka Japharidze (GE),
Fabian Weiss (DE) and
Lexo Soselia (GE)
- and tons of unpublished material from private and national archives.
Risks and challenges
Working with real paper always includes a chance that problems arise, that can not be undone by hitting Ctrl-Z. Our publisher Niggli is working with some of the most experienced professionals in the field of print, providing us with full creative control on the printed outcome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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