Archinect - Urban Reactor's blog 2014-04-17T00:16:18-04:00 Post War Soviet Housing In Georgia Levan Asabashvili 2012-04-22T17:35:00-04:00 >2012-04-30T12:33:28-04:00 <p> <em>This presentation was given on the colloquium: 'Why Preserve Public Housing?' held on 31 March at Columbia University. Below we offer an adapted version of it.&nbsp;</em></p> <p> Introduction</p> <p> The study of the history of public housing is a very important undertaking, especially now, in the condition of current financial crisis, in creating of which the irresponsible housing and real estate policies have a great share.&nbsp;</p> <p> It is striking that in contrast with the western world, that has been intensively studying and analyzing the policies of the USSR, there is a great shortage of the methodological analysis and reflection of the Soviet period in our country. Even more sadly the Soviet heritage in its entirety is condemned as a necessarily ill phenomenon by the current political ideology.</p> <p> Although the presentation is focused on the post war mass housing and its transformation after the fall of Soviet Union, we think for full understanding of the post war development it&rsquo;s useful to briefly review...</p> Operative social networks in Tbilisi Soviet microrayons Levan Asabashvili 2012-01-25T15:00:23-05:00 >2012-04-25T09:29:35-04:00 <p> The social composition of Tbilisi microrayons consists mainly of low or middle income families, who were provided with housing by the state, in Communist period. There are also newcomers who have bought the apartments from the initial owners, after these had been privatized from the government by the end of the Soviet regime. Generally the newcomers belong to the similar social strata as the local inhabitants and therefore, easily integrate in the community. Most commonly the families are nuclear: parents and their children, but often two or more generations happen to live together in one apartment. Family ties are strong in this community; young people usually live with parents until they create their own families and try to start independent life. However, due to the economic scarcity married young couples often stay to live with parents. The social networks in the microrayons are strong and based on the belonging to specific apartment block or its immediate neighborhood. Beside...</p>