RCT + TAB 2024 Summer School
In the frames of Tbilisi Architecture Biennial 2024

Common Water Bodies

Application deadline: 20.05.2024, 23:59 CEST

Photo: Lado Shonia

The school’s main focus is to explore water as a shared resource in the northwestern Caucasus region of Svaneti, Samegrelo, and Abkhazia, which are connected and separated by the Enguri River. The program will examine the water bodies along the Enguri River, including its delta and the city of Anaklia, as well as their complex political and social history and present. 

Program Design​

The School will be organised in the frames of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial 2024. Participants will work for one week in groups of up to five, conducting field research on three topics: River Enguri, Anaklia City, and the Enguri River Delta area. Several mentors will guide the participants. As a preparation for this fieldwork, the participants will also be offered online seminars and workshops, providing insights into various methodologies and the local regional context.


Anaklia is a resort village on the Black Sea’s southeastern coast to the Enguri River’s left side. The Enguri River is a significant waterway connecting Abkhazia and the rest of Georgia. The river originates from the high Caucasus near Georgia’s highest mountain, Shkhara. It flows through the mountain valleys to the northwest before turning southwest and emptying into the Black Sea near Anaklia. Abkhazia is a de facto state located just a few kilometres away from Anaklia and has been the site of numerous conflicts since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 2011, the former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili announced a large-scale project on the Black Sea. The project aimed to construct a new city and port named Lazika near the fishing village of Anaklia. The project aimed to improve mobility and logistics in the area and create a bridge between Europe and Asia. The project still needs to be completed and was later transferred to the Anaklia Development Consortium, a joint venture between Georgia and the United States. The consortium, which does not exist anymore, had new plans to transform the village into a private smart city named Anaklia City. However, the city’s future and its natural resources remain uncertain. The project left several buildings on the ground, including remnants of a futuristic city never built. These include the completed but never opened city hall by the architectural firm Architects of Invention, a large-scale sculpture by German architect Jürgen Mayer H., and a deep-sea harbour.


Important dates:
Submission opens: 18.04.2024
Submission closes: 20.05.2024
Announcement of results: 03.06.2024

Applications can be filled out online. All related questions about the application and the Summer School should be directed to the following e-mail address: info@commonterritory.org. Applicants will receive a confirmation of the receipt of submitted documents within 24 hours after the submission. In case you do not get the confirmation, please, resubmit the application once again.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
The results will be communicated through email.

Who can apply

Students, young researchers and spatial practitioners from various fields (architecture, design, ethnography, anthropology, urbanism, etc.), as well as journalists, artists, writers and any creative individuals residing in  Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Germany, Poland and France (up to 35 y/o), are encouraged to apply. Participation in the  Summer School is free of charge.

Submission Process

Applications can be submitted in English or Georgian languages. However, participation in the summer school requires the basic knowledge of English as this will be the main working language during the school’s activities (including all the preparatory seminars and workshops).

Accommodation & Travel Scholarships

Participants in the summer school will receive travel scholarships. Accommodation and meals will be provided by the organisers.

Application deadline: 20.05. 2024 23:59 CEST


Tinatin Gurgenidze

Tinatin Gurgenidze lives and works between Tbilisi and Berlin. She is the main organiser of the summer school. Tinatin is also a co-founder of the Tbilisi Architecture Biennial.

Lado Shonia


Lado Shonia lives and works in Tbilisi. He is also the main organiser of the school. Lado is an architect and a co-founder of the W2KSHOP Collective.


The Summer School “Researching Common Territories” is an international project supported by feminist translocalities, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and Creative Europe.