The visit was part of our ongoing cooperation with the architectural program of School of Natural Sciences and Engineering (AP- ILIAUNI) of Ilia State University Tbilisi. Prof. Dr. Ia Kupatadze visited several insititutes of the Department of Architecture of TU Braunschweig in order to study the master program. Among other activities she also supervised the master thesis projects „FUTURE updated – Tbilisi Saburtalo“.

Prof. Dr. Carlow and Prof. Dr. Kupatadze already started the cooperation in 2016 where they run the joined inter- and transdisciplinary design studio „Tbilissi Awlabari – Urban design laboratory for a postsocialistic city“. In 2017 and 2018 the seminar „Housing Typology“ examined visionary urban projects from the 1960s and 1970s in order to get impulses from big housing complexes for current challenges regarding the housing question. In winter semester 2017/18 Georgian students took part in this seminar. During the winter school „FUTURE revisited“ students of both universities analyzed together projects from Braunschweig, Wolfsburg and Tbilisi and developed design proposals for them during a joined workshop in Braunschweig.

In May 2018 ISU and 15 students from TU Braunschweig went on an excursion to Georgia and Armenia to study projects from the period of soviet modernism. We also visited Ilia State University and together with Prof. Ia Kupatadze we invited activists and architects to the symposium „VISIONS IN EXCHANGE. Urban transformation processes in Georgia and Germany“.

While master student Hannah Hemsing is currently working on a design proposal for the mass housing complex Weststadt in Braunschweig, Bonny Reinbeck and Carla Kern are developing ideas for the micro district Saburtalo in Tbilisi. AP- ILIAUNI and ISU are planning to exhibit their design based research during Tbilisi Architecture Biennial in October 2018.

The cooperation is funded and supported by DAAD, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Ministery of Foreign Affairs, Ministery of Science and Culture Lower Saxony, Ilia State University, TU Braunschweig and Goethe-Institut.

Prof. Ia Kupatadze with master thesis student Hannah Hemsing. Source: ISU

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Prof. Ia Kupatadze, Verena Brehm (guest critic), Alkistis Thomidou (ISU), Diana Felber (ISU) with master thesis students Bonny Reinbeck, Carla Kern and Hannah Hemsing. Source: ISU

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