About the Summer School

2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage

In 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage, all forms of heritage throughout the European Union will be celebrated as the source of memory, identity, dialogue, unity and creativity. These celebrations coincide with the centenary of Lithuania’s independence, causing the country to give special attention to symbols of modernisation, especially to modernist architecture, which bears witness to an optimistic and progressive Europe.


Modernism of Kaunas

Kaunas possesses the most significant and outstanding modernist architectural heritage in Lithuania. From 1918 to 1940, Kaunas’s urban and architectural characters were forged by the processes that were essential to that period – modernisation and progress. The modernist architecture of Kaunas was granted European Heritage status in 2015, while in 2017 it was placed on the nation’s tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. And, in 2022, Kaunas will be the European Capital of Culture. All of these events have been stimulated by a growing appreciation for modernist heritage and its recognition, reinterpretation, and reverence.

The preparation to get into the actual UNESCO World Heritage list is a long, multi-faceted process involving many complex issues of heritage protection. An attempt to strike a balance between the preservation of the historic character of the site and encouraging the city’s sustainable development is an extremely difficult task. Buildings of varying degrees of historic value are at the same time part of the everyday life. This is a universal issue facing the architecture and historic urban environments of the twentieth century.


Summer School

It is for this reason that the European Capital of Culture in Kaunas in 2022 has organised a Summer School for students of architecture and heritage protection, as well as professionals in associated fields, to engage in these issues. The school is part of a wider series of events dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018. The event is also a part of the program “Heritage practice” under Joint Programming Initiative “Cultural Heritage: a Challenge for Europe” and will be held at the Kaunas University of Technology from June 25-29, 2018.

The Summer School will focus on the urban fabric of Kaunas. After getting familiar with the historical parts of the city Žaliakalnis and Naujamiestis, participants of the Summer School will be invited to prepare experimental architectural scenarios for the future development of this territory or selected sites within these areas. Ideas should offer a way to preserve the modernist architecture, which is essential to the local character, while also proposing new interventions at different scales that reinterpret, reinvigorate and revitalise the city. The work should question the concepts of value and authenticity, asking whether authenticity should be perceived in terms of tangible artefacts or can include intangible attributes, such as modernist notions of progress.


Legacy

During the Summer School students will listen to introductory lectures and do heritage walks with teachers to discuss the legacy of the modern city of Kaunas. Further work will be done in groups analysing selected case studies and providing ideas for architectural scenarios.

Afterwards the results will be presented to the public. A short documentary film produced during this week will be featured for the UNESCO representatives as well as in events for the European Capital of Culture and other heritage activities associated with Kaunas 2022. An open discussion with the community will be organized to discuss the results.

Participants

We are gladly introducing the selected participants of the International Summer School:

Keynote lecturers

Hannah Corlett
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Hannah Corlett

ASSEMBLAGE / The Bartlett School of Architecture

Edward Dennison
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Edward Dennison

The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL)

Team

Žilvinas Rinkšelis
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Žilvinas Rinkšelis

Kaunas 2022

Andrius Ropolas
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Andrius Ropolas

Office De Architectura

Jautra Bernotaitė
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Jautra Bernotaitė

Office De Architectura

Paulius Vaitiekūnas
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Paulius Vaitiekūnas

Office De Architectura

Vaidas Petrulis
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Vaidas Petrulis

Kaunas University of Technology

Aušra Mlinkauskienė
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Aušra Mlinkauskienė

Kaunas University of Technology

Programme

We invite you to these lectures that are open to the public:

Presentation of the results of the Summer School

Presentations of the results for the public, crits and discussions

120min

„Pienocentras“, Laisvės av. 55, 5 floor

Lecture: Vaidas Petrulis ‘Kaunas modernism: five ways to explain it`s uniqueness’

Vaidas is a scholar, architecture and heritage specialist. He is also an Associate Professor and Lecturer in Kaunas Technological University (KTU), Vytautas Magnus university (VDU) and Vilnius Academy of Arts (VDA). He is a leader and curator of the Modernism for the Futureprogramme of Kaunas – The European Capital of Culture 2022 and originator of the website of the Architecture and Urbanism Research Centre (www.autc.lt). It is designed as a digital archive of the Lithuanian history of architecture and heritage dedicated to the education of the general public and the professionals of the history of architecture and heritage protection as the database of iconographic sources. Vaidas` researches are focusing on the history of architecture of the 20th century and modernism architecture in Kaunas. His publications include Architektūra sovietinėje Lietuvoje (Soviet Architecture in Lithuania), Lietuvos tarpukario architektūrinis palikimas: materialumo ir nematerialumo dermė (Architectural Legacy of Interwar Lithuania: harmony of materiality and immateriality). He is a co-author of the book Architecture of Optimism: The Kaunas Phenomenon, 1918–1940.

60min

„Pienocentras“, Laisvės av. 55, 5 floor

Lecture: Andrijana Filinaite ‘From European heritage label to UNESCO’

Andrijana is the chief specialist in Kaunas city municipality Department of Cultural Heritage

30min

„Pienocentras“, Laisvės av. 55, 5 floor

Lecture: Mindaugas Statulevičius ‘Why heritage is bad?’

Mindaugas is a director of Lithuanian Real Estate Development Association

60min

„Pienocentras“, Laisvės av. 55, 5 floor

Lecture / discussion: Edward Denison ‘Modern Cities and Historical Urban Landscapes’

Dr Edward Denison is a Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), where he is also Director of the MA Architecture and Historic Urban Environments. His research focuses on modernism, especially outside Western Europe. Over the past two decades, he has worked on a variety of research and heritage projects in different global contexts, including Asia, Africa and Europe. In 2016, he won the RIBA President’s Medal for Research for his work on the UNESCO World Heritage Nomination of Asmara, the modernist capital of Eritrea. In 2017, he again won the President’s Medal for Research for his work on Ultra-Modernism in Manchuria. His publications include Architecture and the Landscape of Modernity in China before 1949 (Routledge, 2017); Ultra-Modernism – Architecture and Modernity in Manchuria(HKUP, 2017); Luke Him Sau, Architect: China’s Missing Modern (Wiley, 2014); The Life of the British Home – An Architectural History (Wiley, 2012); McMorran & Whitby (RIBA, 2009); Modernism in China: Architectural Visions and Revolutions (Wiley, 2008); Building Shanghai: The Story of China’s Gateway (Wiley, 2006); and Asmara – Africa’s Secret Modernist City (Merrell, 2003).

60min

„Pienocentras“, Laisvės av. 55, 5 floor

Lecture / discussion: Hannah Corlett ‘Historic environment and creativity’

Hannah is the design tutor for the MA in Architecture and Historic Urban Environments (MAHUE) and has also led a Masters Unit in Urban Design at The Bartlett (UCL).  Since 2004 Hannah has run ASSEMBLAGE an award winning architecture and urban design studio, which has enjoyed a number of internationally renowned commissions, including winning the UN HABITAT Economic Housing Commission international design competition in 2011, and the international competition for the design of The New Iraq Parliament in 2012. Recently ASSEMBLAGE have been appointed as both the urban designers and architects for London’s first purpose-built Design District, specifically for the creative industries in Greenwich, London. Hannah’s international architecture and urban design work was Highly Commended at the International Women in Architecture Awards in 2014, and she was a keynote speaker discussing cultural heritage at The RIBA International Conference in 2017 the centrepiece of the RIBA International Week, a programme of events exploring the New Urban Agenda – the United Nations’ global strategy for sustainable development and housing over the coming two decades. Recently Hannah has been shortlisted for the position of Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH, Zurich.

60min

„Pienocentras“, Laisvės av. 55, 5 floor

Place of the summer camp

International summer school will take place in one of the finest examples of Kaunas modernism – historical Pienocentras office building. Participants will be accomodated at the dorm of Kaunas University of Technology.

Laisvės av. 55 / S. Daukanto str. 18,
44309, Kaunas
Lithuania

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