Tbilisi Architecture Archive
Tbilisi Architecture Archive is a project implemented as part of Tbilisi Common Architecture Biennial. It aims to gather existing planning records and building documentation scattered through various archives and compile them in a form of Open access. The online database will provide an overview of single documents and collections, with an index of names of persons who have been influential to architecture and urban development in Georgia – this means having at least one significant architectural or urban project in the background, as well as providing an important input in architectural theory and education.
The archive keeps the documents and records containing real facts and references, forming a common, collective memory. The archive does not describe the past – it organizes the access to information and thus supports the formation of knowledge. The history of architecture is written in the architecture archives as well, despite the fact that compared to other objects, architectural structures cannot be collected. The architecture archive conserves the documentation about the man-made environment and objects that were created in an architectural context – without which constructed Architecture, as such, would not exist. A thorough understanding and research of such resources is an integral precondition of reconstructing cultural memory.
The aim of Tbilisi architecture archive
The vast abolishment of state planning- or scientific and research instituties after 1990s has destroyed the majority of materials preserved in such establishments. However, a limited number of cataloged projects have survived in the central and municipal archives, as well as in private and family collections. In times when Tbilisi’s architectural landscape is being significantly altered or even demolished, the selection, categorisation, digitalisation, description and placement of existing documents in a digital common space become all the more important. Acquisition of these materials, connecting them and making the database information publicly accessible will first and foremost increace the level of awerness of architecture in Georgia. In adition, it will encourage the exchange of information and thus, create new naratives.
Our future goals include the expansion of common archive of architecture, a constant renewal and enrichment of electronic database; as well as preserving and restoring damaged original documents.
Every interested architect, engineer, individual, volunteer, researcher or research organisation can use this space for sharing their collection, thus contributing to and developing the overall database, increasing research process and becoming a co-organisers of the Archive as a matter of fact. The Public Archive is open for cooperation based on research ethics and parity.
Following the initial contact from a party interested in joining the Public Archive space our group will digitize materials according to specific standards, and catalogue detailed information on them. The digitized version, accompanied by the detailed information, will be uploaded to the Archive under a collection attribute to the owner-contributor. A copy of the digitized material will also be handed to the owner.
Use of documents available at the Tbilisi digital Architecture archive is free only in research and education-based purposes. The copyrights remain with the owner of the document. The archive preserves the rights to disclose digital copies of the documents for non-commercial purposes. This implies the release of a low-res-olution copy. It is forbidden to use the materials for commercial purposes without the consent of the legal owner, a heir, or in case of the abscense of the former, the consent of the archive. In case of violation of these terms, sanctions shall be imposed on the infringer in accordance with the legislation of Georgian and international laws.
Joining the Tbilisi Architecture Archive involves transferring digital copies of documents to the ownership of the Public Archive and making them public for research and educational goals.
Contact Mariam Gegidze, Nino Tchatchkhiani, Natia Abasashvili
Address: 11 Grozno str., 0101 Tbilisi
Phone: +995 577 949708
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