The rapid changes in the living environment that have taken place in recent years do not bypass the historic centers of towns and cities. This is where the greatest challenges lie – how to create a contemporary and harmonious environment in a historical fabric? Finding a balance between preserving the historical character of the place and the sustainable development of a modern city or settlement is particularly challenging when looking at the 20th century architectural objects of historical value but also part of everyday life. This is a universal problem of the architectural meaning of the period. For their actualization and possible solutions to be found, 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 ideas were to come up with suggestions for creating modern spaces with new emotional connections while preserving the character of the place. More information: https://mokykla.modernizmasateiciai.lt/en/homepage-en-2/
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, its cultural identity and potential for future development. More information: https://mokykla.modernizmasateiciai.lt/en/