LAND USE AND URBAN PLANNING PRACTICES
IN CITIES OF EU ASSOCIATED COUNTRIES

u-forum

INTERNATIONAL FORUM

MARCH 1-2/2019

TBILISI, GEORGIA

Aspired to continue the dialogue on how different political, economic and socio-cultural events shape urban planning practices, U-FORUM-TBS brings together an international community of researchers, practitioners, and educators to create an open, interdisciplinary discussion platform.

 THEME 

The goal of the forum is to analyze the concepts and practices of urban planning, which have been employed as a response to the Association Agreement. The theme of the forum enables discussions on the representation of local behaviors and EU values; questions of expertise and education; and of ideas and methods.

In 2014, European Union signed the Association Agreements with Georgia, Ukraine, and Moldova. Although the Agreements are the profoundly technical documents, they also bear a geopolitical significance affirming the European identity of the associated countries. While the documents do not address cities directly, nearly every economic sector will undergo the comprehensive adjustments. Hence, those changes will inevitably affect the way we plan (and study) cities. Therefore, holistic harmonization with EU cannot be overlooked by the professionals and scholars in the field of urban planning and design, as well as by the city governments.

Furthermore, Association Agreement marks the beginning of yet another metamorphosis for the region. The radical socio-economic changes faced by cities during the last three decades left a vivid mark on the urban landscapes.

 

Issues, such as environmental and social injustice, as well as transportation and housing shortages are well documented in both academic literature and governmental papers. Addressing those challenges will require professionals to foster the critical attitude towards the legacy of past practices and EU values.

URBAN TOURS:

       The chaotic urban structure of Tbilisi can be perceived as it’s identity, since chaos is the reason of it’s attractiveness, but at the same time, the hinder for it’s development. For various political, economical, social reasons, distinct structural urban units were formed through history. Bellow are listed some of the most important urban areas which depicts the architectural development of Tbilisi through time.

Contact us:
Ingorokva str. 19

0108 Tbilisi, Georgia 

e-mail: tsu.urbanforum@gmail.com 

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 PANELS

RETROSPECTIVE OF URBAN PLANNING PRACTICES IN GEORGIA SINCE 1991

CURRENT URBAN PLANNING PRACTICES

INTEGRATED SCIENTIFIC APPROACH FOR URBAN PLANNING

TEACHING URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN

 

The forum is a result of a long-term collaboration between Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), represented by the Department of Human Geography and NLP City Institute Georgia.

 

TSU is a paramount partner which is responsible for the scientific component of the event. It has a long history of delivering high-quality research on urban and regional development, providing expertise to national and local governments, as well as international donor organizations in South Caucasus and beyond.

City Institute Georgia (CIG) is a German-Georgian NLP, which aims to study, analyze, and develop approaches to solve problems of spatial and urban planning. The company recently consulted one of the most important projects in the region – Revision of Tbilisi General Land Use Plan. As a result by facing the new realities constituted by the Association Agreement and a new urban agenda, CIG has accumulated a unique experience, which served as an inspiration for the forum.

Dr. Abel Polese

Dublin City University and Tallinn University

Dr. Joseph Salukvadze

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Dr. Vladimer Vardosanidze

Urban Planner

Dr. Rusudan Tevzadze

Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Dr. Nikoloz Abashidze

Union of Architects of Georgia

Scientific committee:

Organizing team:

Elena Darjania

PhD candidate at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State Unviersity

Gvantsa Salukvadze

PhD candidate at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State Unviersity

Dr. Mamuka Salukvadze

CEO, City Institute Georgia

Nino Khositashvili

Communications Manager, City Institute Georgia

Sophia Todua

Junior Urban Planner, City Institute Georgia

Andro Kortua

Junior Urban Planner, Graphic Designer, CIG

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