Pandemic in Georgian Urban Context

Disinfecting passengers at Mtskheta railway station during the Spanish flu pandemic. Source: National Archives of Georgia

This set of visual materials (in Georgian) intends to explain some of the spatial aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences in the context of Tbilisi, Georgia's capital and largest city, as a result of government-approved plans of complete lockdown during Orthodox Easter celebrations. Demography, density, compact urban built-environment, mobility and access to essential services and churches, sites of large religious gatherings throughout the Holy Week.

Bivariate maps of access to car (red gradient) and internet (blue gradient) [left] / office work (pink gradient) and physical work (turquoise gradient) [right]
Urban form (REACH Index) and accessibility to essential services (supermarkets and drug stores) and religious sites (Orthodox churches)
Tools Used: ArcMap; Python & Adobe Illustrator
Data: GeoSTAT, 2014; Tbilisi Household Mobility Survey, 2016; Tbilisi City Municipality; OSM
Giorgi Kankia
urban geographer and planner