This issue attains a special importance in Georgia, where a painful change from planned to market economy brought a fundamental social and urban transition. Following the dramatic collapse of the socialist system in the 1990s, urban areas of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia, were transformed into informal individualized and fragmented spaces, where the feeling of common space and society seems to be forgotten. The residents of Tbilisi struggle to understand the notions of private and public and undervalue common responsibilities. As a result, we often encounter troubling situations or cases of social conflict in the areas like common patios, staircases, roofs, streets, public parks, etc. The responsibility for the collective areas is lost, while the residents prefer to deny the existence of these spaces and use them for transition purposes alone. Against this background a major objective of the project is to promote discussions and understand the idea of “togetherness” in Tbilisi’s local context.
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