Modern Cities Forum

Modern Cities Forum “From Modern to Contemporary: Practices in Preserving Architectural Legacy of the 20th Century, Based on Tel Aviv Document for the Modern Cities” is going to be organized on 12–13th of September 2019, in Kaunas and Vilnius, Lithuania.

The Kaunas Forum will continue the Tel Aviv initiative while being the next step in establishing a long-term network of communication and cooperation among the professionals and representatives of UNESCO modernism heritage cities. The upcoming Forum will focus on experiences concerning Tel Aviv Document for the Modern Cities. Presentations and discussions of this coming Forum are expected to give the impulse for creating practical guidance document for implementation of Tel Aviv Document for the Modern Cities as well as managing modern cities legacy following HUL and NUA. The Forum key topics are: Knowledge, Planning Tools and Regulatory Mechanisms, Civic Engagement Tools and Financial Tools. Each topic will be finalized by the panel discussions.

On the second day the Forum participants are invited to Vilnius to discuss experiences related with the more recent Modernism heritage. Despite the fact that Vilnius Historic Centre has been included into the World Heritage list as a historical and political centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which preserved an impressive complex of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical buildings as well as its medieval layout, in its vicinity coexist more recent history and its architectural artefacts of Soviet period, which is still to be acknowledged by the today’s society. Forum attendees will examine case studies of more recent modernism sites, listed on the National Register and take part in the round-table discussion at the Lithuanian Parliament Palace.

For further information, please, read the attached documents: Invitation; Full description.


Practical information: Participation at the event is free. Event locations: September 12th: Kaunas Cultural Centre, Vytauto pr. 79, LT-44321 Kaunas; September 13th: Lithuanian Parliament Palace, Gediminas ave. 53, LT-01109, Vilnius.

Registration via:

Contact information: or +37068247144


Organisers and Partners: Kaunas City Municipality, Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kaunas 2022, Kaunas University of Technology.

Sponsors: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius City Municipality

Patron – Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania Committee on Culture

2019/09/12 — 2019/09/13
00:00 — 00:00 (24h)

Kaunas, Vilnius

„Kaunas 2022“, Kauno miesto savivaldybė, KTU, Lietuvos nacionalinė UNESCO komisija, VGTU