This seminar situates itself at the intersections of tradition, modernity and the globalised present of the Southern Caucasus. The Southern Caucasus has seen drastic change within the last 150 years transitioning from predominantly agrarian practices to modern urban agglomerations. Most notably, the Soviet era’s social and political ideologies allowed for new forms of experimentation in housing and urban typologies, effectively restructuring the social dynamics of the region. However, within the last 30 years, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan now lead their own interpretations of architectural and urban developments. The topics discussed in this seminar range from large-scale urban imaginations to very specific examples of architectural interfaces that engage the intersection of modernity, local traditions, political ideology and globalisation.
Andreh Marouti – PhD, Politecnico di Milano
Urban Transformation of Yerevan: The Journey from a Provincial Village to a Capital City
Ia Kupatadze – Associate Professor, Ilia State University
Soviet city as an ideological space
Stefan Applis – Associate Professor, University of Münster
Vibrant Spaces of Svaneti (Georgia)
Mariam Urdia – PhD, Ilia State University
Mtkvari – Human-Nature assemblage
Darren Berlein – Architect, University of Cape Town
Hosted by the Caucasus Through Time Network.