Buildings Are Not Enough

About contributors

David Bostanashvili is professor of architecture at the Georgian Technical University,Tbilisi. Since 2007 he works at The Georgian Technical University, faculty of architecture teaching architectural design, semiology of architecture. He is a coauthor of a monograph Butza. Architect Victor Jorbenadze (2012). His main research interests include semiotic approaches to architecture and culture, Soviet and post-Soviet architecture era architecture.

David Manjavidze studied architecture at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and the UdK Berlin. In recent years he has worked at a variety of architecture offices in Berlin and taken part in various projects for German housing associations.

Tinatin Gurgenldze is one of the four co-founders of TAB. Having studied architecture and urban design in Tbilisi and Barcelona, Tinatin is currently based in Berlin, where she is completing her PhD thesis on the transformation of post-Soviet lived and built spaces in Tbilisi.

Thomas Ibrahim is a researcher from the United States exploring the evolution of former public institutional buildings in the post-Soviet condition. He is a director of INHABIT! post-Soviet Tbilisi which is taking initiative in reexamining and repurposing former public buildings for contemporary use.

Lali Pertenava was born and lives in Tbilisi. She is an inde-pendent curator and critic; Cooperates with modern arts institutions in Georgia and abroad. The latest activity is "Festinova 2018" co-author and curator assistant of mod-ern art space.The core curato-rial interests are community arts, environmental protec-tion and post-conflict society. She is PhD of psychological anthropology at TSU.

Mariam Gegidze studied architecture in Tbilisi and cultural studies in Berlin. She served as assistant editor at ARCH+ and initiator of georgian off-shoot of Post-Oil City - The History of the City's Future. She co-edited The Dialogic City - Berlin wird Berlin. Currently she is working for the German online architecture magazine Baunetz.

Nicole Opel studied architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar and the IUAV in Venice, Italy. She has been editor at ARCH+. She works as an independent editor and researcher on several publication and exhibition projects, e.g. for ARCH+, Institut far Auslandsbeziehungen, Taschen and recently the Bauhaus Archiv / Museum fur Gestaltung, Berlin.

Claudio Vekstein is the Founder and Principal of the international public architecture estudio eCV_Opera Publica since 1995. Currently based in Phoenix Arizona, he also conducts his teaching and research on Architecture and Urban Infrastructure as a tenured Professor at The Design School, Arizona State University, USA. His work has been widely published and exhibited, receiving several awards including the Public Practices Award by the Argentine Biennale 2018, it represented Argentina at the last 2016 and 2018 Venice Biennale in Italy, and the Baukunst Architecture Award granted by the Stiftung Stadelschule fur Baukunst, Germany.