The first year of our research program delves into Tbilisi's geological foundation, examining how its rugged terrain has shaped architectural choices.

From ancient bricks to Soviet modernist designs and contemporary realities, we'll explore the city's adaptive architectural strategies amid its unique landscape.

Tbilisi as one of the oldest capitals of Europe stands proudly among other global landmarks. Apart from its rich and complicated history, the city owes its distinctive urban form to the unique topography on which it rests.

Accordingly, our program and series of workshops explore the topographical foundation of Tbilisi and the structure of its urban grid applied to the complex relief.

The program’s commencement involves translating Vakhtang Tsintsadze’s monograph, ‘Tbilisi. Architecture of the Old City and Residential Buildings of the First Half of the 19th Century’, into English. It was initially published in the Materials and Research on the Secular Architecture of Medieval Georgia series in 1958. The new edition will be enriched with contemporary essays and new visual material.