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State university campus in Tbilisi An underused Modernist campus with a cableway

State university campus in Tbilisi

University st. 2. Tbilisi. Georgia.
ARCHITECTS NAME: Sh. Kachkachishvili, Z. Kopaladze, B. Maminaishvili, L. Medzmariashvili, N. Mikadze, S. Revishvili, A. Sabashvili, and D. Shopikashvili

  • CONSTRUCTION YEAR: 1971


  • SPACE TYPE: School

  • PRESERVATION STATUS: Under-used

Tags: Georgia, Totally Lost 2015

State university upper complex, so-called “MAGLIVI” was built during 1966/1991 years in Tbilisi and it is a part of the Tbilisi state university. The complex of the campus includes several buildings such as the building of the university library, the X and XI corpuses of the university and the dorms. The dorms are connected with the campus by the bridge and the cableway (it is not working now).

This architectural complex is one of the examples of the soviet modernist architectural heritage of Tbilisi.

In 1955 the State Committee passes a Reso­lution: “On elimination of excesses in design and construction”, which radically changed the whole course of development of soviet architecture. The major challenge of Soviets of that time was accom­modation of the population. To ameliorate a severe housing shortage, new mass construction drive spawned districts with model apartment houses, so called “Khrushchyovka”-s designed by soviet architects. Meanwhile along with mass housing projects buildings of different profiles and individ­ual designs started to emerge in various soviet re­publics following local traditions and environment. To catch up with the new trend. the Georgian ar­chitects also started experimenting with forms and aesthetics for defining a new national architecture.

In the course of time, some part of this important Architectural heritage of Tbilisi was destroyed while some of them are still awaiting the city authorities’ verdict whether they should be demolished or undergo a brutal reconstruction.

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EXPLORATION DATE: October/2015

Ana Chorgolashvili

Researcher

Ana Chorgolashvili was born in 1986 in Tbilisi. She graduated Tbilisi State Academy Of Arts, Faculty of restoration Art Theory and History. Ana works as an architecture researcher, documentary photographer, video artist and graphic designer.

CONTRIBUTOR: Ana Chorgolashvili