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Polish architects about good practices in inclusive architecture

autor: Agata Koziej

 Polish architectural solutions in the context of accessibility for people with fewer opportunities were presented during the conference at Technical University in Tbilisi as examples of good practices in universal design.

The conference at Technical University in Tbilisi with participation of Polish architects was the next phase of our project “Genuine common space: interventions of young Polish architecture studios for inclusive culture”, financed by the grant from Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, awarded under the program "Promotion of Polish culture abroad in 2016 Promesa". Local government officials, NGO representatives, Georgian students and architects were invited for a discussion on the quality of public space, with a particular focus on access for people excluded and marginalized.  

Introduction to the theme of the conference was to present the current legal situation, legal and cultural barriers in shaping public space in Georgia. Mr. Giorgi Kipani, a professor of urban planning faculty, presented the problem of incompatibility of creating a public space with the land use plan and the difficulties in the implementation of the construction law and regulations regarding the adaptation to the needs of people with disabilities. - Public awareness of this law is still low in Georgia. Citizens do not know the rules and do not include them in their actions, although Georgian law is getting better. What’s more, the problem sometimes concerns the officials - said Kipani.

Examples of failed implementation and practical inadequacy of infrastructure in Georgia were presented by professor of architecture and urban planning faculty, Mrs. Nino Imnadze. - Bad practices of adapting public space for people with disabilities visible in Georgia indicate lack of awareness and lack of idea. Poor execution - eg. too steep ramps for people in wheelchairs, show that the implementation of the rules on the availability of space for people with reduced mobility is only a sham action.

The main part of the conference was to promote Polish architectural solutions in terms of accessibility for people with limited access to culture, absent in the public space, presented by the young Polish architects, awarded in Poland and abroad: Maciej Siuda, Mateusz Adamczyk from BudCud studio, Marcin Kwietowicz, as well as Karol Szparkowski and Kamil Miklaszewski from + 48 Architecture studio. The speakers presented their design philosophy and, on the basis of their experience, showed examples of creating a public space accessible to people marginalized and excluded, to be adapted in Georgia.

The realisations of Polish architects, as examples of good practices of inclusive architecture, were published on the project website: and Facebook page:

The summary of the conference was the presentation of the results of the Gremi architectural workshops with the participation of Georgian students. The report from the workshops can be found here: