Kaunas 2022 Contemporary Capital together with Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture and other partners is organising an International Summer School for students of architecture and heritage protection and professionals of these fields. The school is part of a wider series of events dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 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, the participants will be invited to prepare experimental architectural scenarios for the future development of the territories.
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.
The workshops’ results will be presented to the public through open discussion and other means. A short documentary film produced during the Summer School will be shown for the UNESCO representatives as well as featured in European Capital of Culture and other Kaunas 2022 events.
Kaunas possesses the most significant and outstanding modernist architectural heritage in Lithuania. From 1918 to 1940, Kaunas’ 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. In 2022 Kaunas will become the European Capital of Culture. All these events have been stimulated by a growing appreciation for modernist heritage and its recognition, reinterpretation, and reverence.
The International Summer School “Promoting the Progressive: Modernism and Its Value as a Historic Urban Landscape” will take place in June 25–29, 2018 in KTU Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture.