Melancholy for a Harmonic Landscape
22.05.2012 00:00On the way to Moscow I passed the country by train and the view from both sides of a railway channel does not please with architectural ensembles. Improbable diversity of colors. Both in our place and in Russia, all the more, there are beautiful, solidly built houses, but they can not be combined both with old construction and with a defiant new reconstruction from which on a kilometer quick money and the lack of taste reek.
In recent decades, Turkey has steadily entered five countries circle which more successfully manage then others in tourism business. Before achieving such results, in seventies Turkey began to build resort boroughs all over around its sea coast and they all differ from each other by architectural design. Undoubtedly, a major role in attracting tourists is an excellent service and inexpensive prices, but many people want to relax in a well-groomed landscape, in which organically were built up interestingly designed buildings. The area should have its own special and unique flavor.
One can meet old mansions in the Abkhaz towns, which attract even an architect’s professional view. In Gagra there is a complex of Prince Oldenburg, but neither in the Soviet time, nor now there was any attempt to create a refined art concept of every town considering a landscape and a historical past. Of course, all this requires a lot of money and effort, but if Abkhazia wants to compete with its neighbors in tourism, we must start now with a small, yet we have not built up the entire coast of tasteless plastic roofs of buildings with different colors and shades.
The Cabinet of Ministers and even the President could announce the competition on creation of projects of individual houses, neighborhoods and even small settlements, in which the elements of proven Abkhaz wooden architecture would be used. These elements must be recreated on the basis of modern technologies. Average consumer which would like to build a new or to modernize his paternal house must have acceptable models which would help him to create his own variant of a comfortable home, combining modern facilities and a national style. Otherwise, in the near future in the villages also will be built new houses resembling each other as twins and differing just with the color of the fence and roofing.
As yet we have no architectural school, the state must help it to grow, determining its strategic tasks and allotting money for tests. Let’s not forget that for every system flash of the artistic genius in all the countries always preceded either a regular assistance of rich sponsors, or developed by the authorities a creative atmosphere.
In developed countries architects and artists are attracted to long-term projects to maximize the area to individualize as much as possible and to give it its own flavor. The earlier we will start to do it the earlier Abkhazia will become a member of the community of tourist leaders. Eventually we are people too and wish to live in a harmonious landscape!