Tbilisi Green Laboratory: Culture and Environment – GeoAIR


Tiblisi, Georgia
22-23 January 2015

GeoAIR invited artists, representatives of the cultural institutions, experts on environmental issues, farmers, businessmen and general public to a two day workshop, which was used for exchange of ideas about possible reduction of the environmental impact, discussion of best practices, realistic scenarios and creative approach to raising awareness about the environment and arts. The first day of the workshop was organized as an open session during the conference “Green Laboratory: Culture and Environment” with interactive talks by the invited local and international experts (see programme in annex). The next day a selected group and a limited number of people were invited to a more in-depth workshop that was conducted by the representative of the Julie’s Bicycle (Luke Ramsay).

The conference on the 22 of January 2015, which focused on:

  1. Innovative practices and sustainable development on the example of artistic residencies;
  2. Business approach (bank loans, green architecture) and the ways of reduction of negative impact on environment;
  3. Education and scientific research.

In order to enrich content of the conference and give the audience the opportunity to get familiar with global practices project team decided to invite to it international participants and partners of the GALA initiative Luke Ramsay (Julie’s Bicycle, Great Britain), Daniella d’Arielli (Pollinaria, Italy) and Mathieu Vrijman (Kultivator, Sweden – via skype).

The in-depth workshop on the second day (January 23, 2015) was led by Luke Ramsay from the Julie’s Bicycle (Great Britain). It was attended by 10 invited guests and focused on sharing experience of the British organization and discussion of the know-how in the field of reduction of negative impact on environment, reusable energies and resulting economic and environmental efficiency. Participants were made familiar with the GALA initiative and presented the best practices, development of business models, practical tools and resources that can help them to achieve environmental sustainability. The group used the opportunity to visit and analyse the houses that are preserved on the territory of the Open Air Ethnographic Museum and were built in different regions of Georgia with consideration of environmental sustainability.

Download the report of the workshop at GeoAIR here.


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