An intent to construct a new large settlement, with the potential to make the city into the country's second largest—after the capital of Tbilisi—and a major economic center of western Georgia, was unveiled by President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili on December 4, 2011. The name "Lazika" is a reference to the Greco-Roman designation of this region, a part of ancient Colchis.
Critics have pointed out to the potential harm to the flora and fauna of the Kolkheti National Park, which lies adjacent to the area.
On September 24, 2012, President Saakashvili inaugurated the first building, that of the city's administration, in Lazika and unveiled several other projects.
The incoming Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said, after his coalition's victory in the October 1 legislative election, that construction of Lazika was not feasible.
Video was presented on contemporary art festival Survival Kit 6, Utopian City, in Riga, Latvia.
Realisation and presentation of video on Survival Kit was supported by Latvian center of Contemporary Art and European Cultural foundation.
@Mariam Natroshvili/Detu Jintcharadze.
Sound edited by Anano Sikharulidze.