Restorative Buildings: Tbilisi

Restorative Buildings: Tbilisi

Loosine Vartani

Looking at the impetus for the youth revolt in Georgia, during the Rose Revolution, this report is interested in looking at the how technology has the potential to be catalyst for knowledge distribution and engaged citizenry in the country today. First considering the effects of technology and decentralization at the individual level in ‘digital participatory planning’ and then more specifically in the country of Georgia. Particularly determining if the mobile application, “Restorative Buildings: Tbilisi”, has the ability to reach the necessary people to propel involvement and policy reform. These questions of the potentiality of such an app are considered using the country’s recent Rose Revolution of 2003 as a template for reform and successful transformation of power, referencing three major components of the revolution as described by the US Institute of Peace: (1) youth participation by student group Kmara, (2) lessened political apathy garnered by opposing political parties, and (3) independent news media influence. This paper also examines why the preservation of historic buildings is necessary for economic development and how the application will be distributed to Tbilisians for future use.

Restorative Buildings (Digital Version)

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