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.
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 for today. 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.
For this reason Kaunas 2022 organises international Summer School for students of architecture and heritage protection, as well as professionals in associated fields, to engage in these issues.
During the Summer School, You 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 will be produced and 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.
The school is part of a wider series of events dedicated to the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018.