The rapid changes in residential environments that have taken place in recent years did not bypass the historic centres of towns and cities. This is where the greatest challenges lie – how can one create a contemporary and harmonious environment in a historical setting? Finding balance between preserving the defined historical character of the place and proceeding with sustainable development of a modern city or settlement is particularly challenging when considering the objects of the 20th century architecture; they have historical value, but at the same time are also a part of everyday life. When it comes to designing a purpose for the architecture of that period, this is a universal problem. In order to find potential solutions to the issue, the architecture and heritage program “Modernism for the Future” of the project Kaunas 2022 – European Capital of Culture initiates Summer Schools for architecture and heritage students and professionals.
The 2018 Summer School “Towards Modernity: The Historical Cityscape of Modernism and its Value” invited participants to prepare experimental scenarios for the future development of Kaunas New Town Quarters. The aim of such a creative process was to come up with potential ideas for creating modern spaces that would evoke new emotional connections while preserving the character of the place. More information: https://mokykla.modernizmasateiciai.lt/en/homepage-en-2/
Hannah Corlett, lecturer at the Summer School, speaks of Kaunas: „My Kind of Town: Kaunas is a place of harmonious contradiction“.
Exhibition of Summer School Projects:
The 2019 Summer School “Future Retreat”, held in Kaunas and Kačerginė, brought together students and professionals of architecture, history, heritage, sociology and related fields to explore the historical significance of Kaunas city resorts, the cultural identity of the city and its potential for future development. More information: https://mokykla.modernizmasateiciai.lt/en/
Summer Schools of 2018 and 2019. Photographs: M. Plepys, P. Laurinaitis, Ž. Rinkšelis.