Historical and Political Identity at Urban // Geographical scale
Anaklia is a seaside town located towards the west of Georgia on the Black Sea coast. It lies on the borders of Abkhazia as well as the Russian Greater Caucasus Mountains to the North.
Following the end of the Soviet reign over Georgia and the Soviet Wars in Abkhazia, Anaklia is home to Abkhazian IDP’s as well as local Georgians seeking new forms of representation and identity from their post-socialist past.
Due to its geographical location, Georgia has been identified as potentially facilitating high volumes of international trade between Europe and Asia. To capitalize on this potential, Anaklia is being developed in the creation of a new Silk Road through the construction of a New Deep Sea Port and a Free Industrial Zone. This new construction will demand the mass influx of workers.
My project will depart from the point where workers have moved to Anaklia in contract with the New Deep Sea Port. These workers would ultimately consist of :
- Georgians relocating to Anaklia
- IDP’s (relocation mirrors that of their microraion past)
How this is exemplified in architectural form
Houses of Georgians have been bought for millions, demolished and upcycled in the construction of Phase 1 of the Deep Sea Port. Through producing the image of ‘the other,’ of a single object on the cusp of taking on multiple fates, the New Deep Sea Port has created an antagonism where locals are being displaced whilst simultaneously becoming millionaires in a subtle display of ‘divide and conquer.’
Through such an antagonism, housing has been wrongfully reduced to social and financial classification. The condition for Anaklia, as a transforming city, has been synonymous with the objective of the New Deep Sea Port as territory. This objective lacks the production of quality of living that must be interdependent and simultaneous with the demarcation of territory.
Response to Problem Statement in terms of Proposal Aims
To view the city of Anaklia from and by housing. To construct new housing in synchronized action with the creation of ‘the other.’ Discovering what is missing and what is needed in order to produce a remarkable environment where the act of dwelling and the pleasure of living together is political.
Specific site chosen
Border Condition [Deep Sea Port Phase 1] – Point at the end of the directional road between the entrance to the logistics Port and the remaining residential houses.
Formal // Spatial // Narrative // Rhetorical
- Programme: Mixed-use– Local Farmers Market + food orientated spaces
Growing, harvesting, storing, cooking/dining, and composting– Social Housing
Residential flats for displaced Georgians and dormitories for workers: IDP’s
- Form: Mixed-use Tower [Geo-political marker]
- Gesture: Luxury in simplicity, providing enough space for residents to experience different situations that is linked to a strategy of relationships that acknowledges the variety of characters and their individual parameters
- Spatial: Geo-political marker, possibility-fuelled space, freedom of use, porosity and transparency with surrounding environment
- Social: Symbiotic relationship between the life cycle of local foods and community activity. The act of living together as a community
- Political: The architecture of living together as a force alongside the creation of ‘the other’ in strengthening the developing identity of Anaklia