This project located in Tbilisi, Georgia, introduces a new event part of political campaigns which gathers candidates to a democratic election and citizens around the current political concerns Georgia is facing, for a festive day of challenges, confrontations and education, with the aim of changing what can be thought and said about political representatives, matters and decisions.
This event takes place at the currently abandoned hippodrome of Tbilisi, it aims for the strengthening of a democratic community which becomes active through productive conflicts, creating more channels of communication between representatives, the represented and political matters. 
Each fair addresses the particular concerns relevant to the election campaign it is inscribed in, therefore its design should allow for programmatic variation from one event to the next. The proposal is for a master planning strategy which defines the location and key parameters of all built elements of the fair and their relationship in order to allow for the emergence of active confrontations between audiences and individuals. The master plan is an overlapping of 12 urban layers defining movement through the site and host zones for objects according to varying political intensities. The role of these objects is to pause visitors moving through the site and gather groups around the performance of a candidate, the display of a political fact or the spontaneous speech of a citizen. The fair aims to be a place to learn and discuss political matters by allowing physical proximity between candidates, voters and concerns to trigger the desacralisation of the political. 
Past
Built in the 1950s, Tbilisi's hippodrome used to be one of the largest space of collective amusement in the Caucasus region: 64 hectares dedicated to leisure. The main object of appeal was the free weekly horse races gathering half of Tbilisi for a day of organised escape from everyday monotony within the Soviet Union. The idea of competition being the ultimate opposite to the communist model in place, the hippodrome events took the form of collective indulgence in the satisfaction of repressed desires and acted as a catharsis.

Present
Sold to private investors in 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the territory is progressively being colonized by high rise housing blocks. A particular architectural typology is rapidly sprawling down the hills of the district towards the deserted hippodrome. The heart of the site is now a deserted surface, a terrain vague, where the memory of the past energy looms as a shadow, manifested through disconnected parts of escapism. 

Future
The hippodrome will provide, once again, a space of otherness by becoming an oasis from where the city can be observed and reflected upon. Every two years during election campaigns the hippodrome will be a lively ground for discussion, debates and collective politics. The rest of the year, the site and its installations will be appropriated for leisure and play and enable escapism from the city. 

Below: Analytical triptych depicting the past, present and imagined future of the hippodrome

Past

Present

Future