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Ana Abashidze

Alumnus
PARADOX OF POST-SOVIET SPACE
Different spaces formulated by different political regimes are located in one urban area – Tbilisi, which represents transparent identity of Soviet, Post-Soviet and Capitalist reality. To settle the issue of space, which has been materialized by politics into certain architecture and urban texture, should symbolize one idea of representing the city. Although, these spaces are not compatible with each other, more - they contravene each other that create tension and massive chaos in the city. To renew the urban area and bring into entirely new stage, all these spaces should find common language to communicate. The issue for communication is stipulated mainly by the different mediums the spaces have been created in. The analysis of two mediums is rather important as they twist the existing space into one spot that raises a complicated chaotic space. This space at one glance is associated with confusion and fear. These feelings are mainly related to the Post-Soviet blocks, which are mostly living areas. It is crucial to analyzing the history step by step, as it will reveal that a space represents a very complicated organism. The long history timeline changes and associations are rather interesting and somehow even tragic. To reveal the secret of this space, at first it should be defined that we are dealing with very complex, overlapping, controverting spaces. These spaces have different ideology, history and memories where they have been created. The space with two different controverting illogical ideas can be defined as paradoxical space. Tbilisi reality is the space representing the crash of totally opposite regimes. No one could ever find a way out in a tangled situation, as it is mostly related to a paradox. A paradox is a statement or concept containing conflicting ideas. Our mind can’t find any logic in it. In our case both sides of contradicting environments are together, which is an ordinary stage of a real life. Researching the complicated paradoxical task showed up that the answer was paradox itself. It is significant to understand the phenomena of Soviet and Post-Soviet spaces in the sense of paradoxical space, as, according to this research, it is one of the most appropriate explanations of the condition. Why they contravene each other and why their combination can be defined as paradox? It’s up to the comprehensive research of each regime in an architectural way.

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