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

Detailed programme is being created at the moment

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

About the place

Practical information

Dates

International summer school will be organised on June 25–29, 2018.

Application process: from April 9th to May 15th 12pm (EET)

Approved list of participants: till May 30th

The full content of the program will be announced till June. Further information about accommodation, detailed program and other important information will be sent to all selected participants during the first week of June (4–10th).

 

Food and accommodation

The organisers will provide accommodation and food at the dorm of Kaunas University of Technology (two participants per room). Otherwise, participators are looking for accommodation and paying by themselves.

 

Travel costs

Travel costs and tickets are not covered. Lithuania is a part of the EU and Schengen Area. Kaunas International Airport (KUN) is accessible by a number of low-cost airlines.

 

Language

The summer school will be held in English.

Organizers

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