Boundary Thinking is an architecture project that partitions the fluid-open space of the market-city as material, textural and located interventions. Boundaries are formed through specific interventions, adapting to varying conditions so that in one place they may form a new system of paving, in another a small gateway, and another a new building to intensify already existing fabric. An architecture emerges that forms positions and spaces for the revealing of positions. It forms urban scale adaptive interventions that reveal a territory and enclose its common ground. It forms domestic space and asks how we might expand notions of shared space; creating a rich layering of privates and publics. Boundaries unearth the presence of the other, and thus reflect the position of the self.
Boundary Thinking is a call to arms toward emerging tactics of neoliberal urban practice in Tbilisi: the enclaving of the city through the exacerbation of monetary inequality. Boundary Thinking thus inscribes economic accountability to a wider governmental framework that ensures checks on the creation of profit, and likewise checks on the provision space that meets certain high livability characteristics. This accountability is maintained through a new boundary tax and authority whose governance ensures, for example, a proportion of housing within each boundary inscription to reflect the income percentiles of the wider city. Boundaries thus shift economic practice from profit creation to a closer definition of its etymology as familial knowledge; (oikos - family house + nomy – knowledge) a domestic common ground shared between a community.
Unbounded faith in the market is tempered by a monetary and moral common sense – a social contract, while the ubiquitous monotony of Soviet life is transcended by an adaptive attention to the specifics of what is at hand, as represented through sensitive and strategic architectural interventions across Tbilisi. The partitioning of Boundary Thinking redefines how we place ourselves; no longer as individuals, but as individuals amongst others.