Sustainable urban transport and its social repercussions is the research topic I am mostly interested in. Advocating for socially just urban mobility options is of utmost importance, especially for a city like Tbilisi as the current policy approaches in urban development do not answer the actual needs of its citizens. Being part of Iare Pekhit makes it possible to engage communities and decision makers in the process of rethinking and reclaiming the urban space that has been taken away from pedestrians.
Irakli Zhvania is an architect, urban designer and planner with M.Sc. in Urban Management and Development from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was Fulbright fellow at M.I.T. at the Department for Urban Studies and Planning and worked for his professional affiliation at the NYC Department for City Planning, Urban Design Division. Irakli is involved in preservation of Tbilisi’s built heritage and open spaces through public activism, talks and media. He was Heinrich Boell Foundation fellow to research urban and social changes in Tbilisi’s historic district through commercial residential developments, later selected for publishing in 2016.