Experiential Architecture essay - Third prize winner | Mariam Baindurashvili
My name is Mariam,I am an architect, now I am working as an urbanist. I graduated bachelor’s degree in architecture in Georgian Technical University. I have participated in several workshops and projects and as I like new challenges, this competition was my new goal in my career.
1. Please introduce yourself in a personal and professional way.
My name is Mariam, I am an architect, now I am working as an urbanist. I graduated bachelor’s degree in architecture in Georgian Technical University. I have participated in several workshops and projects and as I like new challenges, this competition was my new goal in my career.
2. What is your design philosophy?
I think architecture is not only about physical and visual structure, for me every building is living creature connecting human relations, that’s why my main philosophy is to feel the architecture, feel it’s soul and emotions.
3. Can you briefly explain your understanding of the topic and the source of ideas?
I tried to explore and analyse Experiential Architecture deeper and I found that architecture can create some kind of opportunities that force us for the experience, and that teaches us how to communicate and be more tolerant. The main subject of observations was Tbilisian architecture (capital of Georgia), known for its authentic structure of houses with courtyard and wooded balconies, representing not only design elements, but they also form path and spaces that force people of various religions live together. In this case architecture plays a major aspect in shaping the community system and I think it makes this part of Tbilisi so cosmopolitan, here you can find Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim, and Jewish churches. I think this is great example of architecture’s positive influence on social relationships.
4. What does architecture mean to you?
For me architecture is not only physical structure, I strongly believe that every building and city has soul and emotions. The image of the city can reflect social mentality.
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