Betania Forest Garden. Photo by Grigory Sokolinsky.

Recognition for Ruderal’s forest projects

Ruderal's Tbilisi Urban Forest and Betania Forest Garden are are nominated for the EUMies Prize: European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. The Betania Forest Garden received a Special Mention in Private Gardens from the Landezine International Landscape Award.

The forest patches of Narikala Ridge. The patches integrate the existing Soviet-era forest with climate-adapted endemic species in legible “broad brushstrokes” to create a coherent composition for this historic urban landscape.

Tbilisi Urban Forest takes hold! 

The Tbilisi Urban Forest is taking shape on Narikala Ridge and the Okrokana South Slope. Ruderal collaborated with ecologists and urban planners on these pilot forestry projects to replant Mtatsminda Mountain with a biodiverse mix of Georgian endemic and climate-adapted species. Look up for new waves of color blooming in Spring 2024. Read more about the project here.

Giorgi Nishnianidze and Ana Petriashvili inspect earthworks and infrastructure underway at Bodbe Hotel.

Work in Progress: Kakheti Resorts

Site work and planting are underway throughout Kakheti at The Bodbe Hotel near Sighnaghi, new resorts and spas near Kvareli, and at the Open Corridors Camp in Gremi. Ruderal is building three residential landscapes in Tsqneti, Tabakhmela, and Kaklebi.

Luka Ozbetelashvili, Sali Lomidze, Jokola Kistauri from VAADS, Copenhagen University Landscape Architecture students Johannes Harder, Frederik Emil Aunsberg, and Frederik Volf.

Interns Abound!

In 2023, Ruderal welcomed interns from the Visual Art, Architecture & Design School in Tbilisi (VAADS), Auburn University in Alabama, USA, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna, and the University of Copenhagen. They toured Georgian geothermal landscapes, cut new walking trails in the Rustavi Floodplain Forest, participated in design competitions in France and Georgia, and conducted research on the plant life and hidden gardens of Old Tbilisi. 

Malkhaz Sardlitsshvili owns the Didi Toneti nursery near Manglisi, Georgia, and is a supplier of trees for the Betania Forest Garden. Photo: George Kolbaia.

Substack shorts: Rustavi Floodplain, Goderdzi Botanical Garden, and reflections on our design theory and processes: 

Thank you for supporting our work at Ruderal. We look forward to new conversations and collaborations and wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous 2024! 

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