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ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE IN EXPANDED FIELD

When in the introduction of his book on the history of the architectural profession Spiro Kostof described architects as conceivers of buildings and claimed that what they do is ‘to design, that is, supply concrete images for a new structure so that it can be put up’ - he depicted centuries old way of practicing architecture which is exclusively governed by the master-discipline of design. From its birth in Renaissance Italy the mode of architectural practice that relies solely on the central role of design and is primarily focused on solving aesthetic problems has been persistently sustained by academia and various professional institutions that monitor and regulate the production of architects. Yet, from the second half of XX century the influx of the emancipatory goals of political and social movements along with critical thought, external to the inner theories of architecture, have lead some architects to question the limits or architects’ professional responsibilities and engage with wider social, political and cultural contexts within which the profession operates. Consequently, these new interdisciplinary approaches that are quite distinct from the design process has brought in new ways of practicing architecture.

 

The 17th series of talks of Architecture Fund are inviting for the discussion about the contemporary contexts of architectural practice and to give a glimpse into interdisciplinary work that engages with wider social and political contexts of built environment instead of exclusively focusing on the aesthetics. By exploring different work that operates within the realm of images, texts and/or actions the aim of the talks is to examine what constitutes contemporary architectural practices, how and in what institutional contexts do they operate and what product(s) do they produce. Dedicated to the architectural community as well as wider public, these series of events engage in a discussion about the architects’ professional responsibilities and the potential of the profession to react and get involved in wider social and political debates about the built environment.

 

Curators: Algimantas Grigas and Povilas Marozas.

Poster illustration by Karolis Kosas.


The talks are held at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius, 8.00 p.m. The talks will be held in English and Lithuanian.


Entrance is free of charge. The events are recorded and the videos are placed online at www.archfondas.lt.


POWERS OF EXCURSIONS

Recent increase of significance of events and experiences for urban planning and economic development has coincided with the multiplication of agents, tools and aims of storytelling about city. This way phenomenon of excursion has opened horizons for re-thinking the issues of economic growth, political communities and social engagement and for re-framing them in specifically urban context. Should we assume that the boom of excursions and guides implies destruction of prevalent monopolies of meaning making and hence challenges dominant rules of valorization of city environment? Or vice a versa does it reinforce prevalent meaning making monopolies by translating formerly underrepresented stances and communities into conventional form? Is it by chance that today enhanced performativity of urban and regional space dramatically coincides also with spectacular entrepreneurial militarization and hybrid warfare?

 

Such questions make excursion a perfect case for defining relations between visual and narrative elements of newly emerging modes of power and for discussing reasonable degrees of city’s transparency and performativity.

 

Curators: Siarhei Liubimau ir Indrė Ruseckaitė

 

The talks are held at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius, 8.00 p.m. The talks will be held in English and Lithuanian.

Entrance is free of charge.

The events are recorded and the videos are placed online at www.archfondas.lt.

ARCHITECTURE OF EDUCATION

While creating the society of wellbeing in western countries, a special attention is paid to education of the young generation. In search for democratization of society, educational architecture becomes one of the most relevant tools. It is quite a paradox that Lithuania, undergoing the post-colonial processes, still pays insufficient attention to architecture of its educational institutions, while at the same time declaring the aspirations for development of the wellbeing and democratic society. Contemporary educational systems are dissociated from spaces designated for such processes. Today, quality of a school building is mostly defined by the values of thermal resistance of its partitions. The essential hygiene of study spaces is a necessary, although just the initial step in the process. In order to actually realize transformations of educational spaces in a creative, rational and high quality manner, analysis of foreign experiences is a must.

This lecture series of the Architecture [Discussion] Fund is aimed to encourage the case practice studies of the old western democracies and evoke extensive discussions among experts in different areas. It is believed that lectures may attract the attention of architecture, education and public administration specialists responsible for development and transformations of educational spaces, as well as representatives of different communities.

 

Curators: Dolf Broekhuizen, Liutauras Nekrošius

Poster illustrator: Giedrius Bugenis

 

The talks are held at 8.00 p.m. at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius. Entrance is free of charge. The events are recorded and the videos are placed online at www.archfondas.lt.

 

The conversations are arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

WHAT CITY?

Previously praised ideas of sterile order and strict logic of the cities were changed by a vision of a city as a positively conflicting and attractive space for the people. Utopias of the past received as much criticism as they received praise before. Environment started to be shaped by an ambivalent neoliberal market. This does not necessarily mean that contemporary society is unable to project the future. This does not mean that contemporary cities are not ideological creations and products of an utopian mindset.

 

The goal of these lectures is to discuss what is a contemporary city, what shapes its image, what role ideology takes and who has the power to make changes. Creation of visions, improvement of the spaces and attraction of the minds - it is everything what most of the competing cities do today. But is it possible for a city without cultural, political or social position to survive this competition?

 

Curators: Ieva Cicėnaitė, Andrius Ropolas, Matas Šiupšinskas

Poster illustrator: Karolis Strautniekas

 

The talks are held every Thursday, 8.00 p.m. at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Entrance is free of charge.

The events are recorded and the videos are placed online at www.archfondas.lt.

The conversations are arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture. 

DO IT YOURSELF. CREATING PUBLIC URBAN SPACE

The thirteenth series of lectures by "Architecture [discussion] fund will explore and discuss a do-it-yourself urbanism and an alternative for environment creation process. Since we all are users of a public space, how can we become its active creators?

 

Curators: Ieva Saldauskaitė, Margarita Kaučikaitė

Illustrator: Renata Mikalauskaitė

 

The talks are held every Thursday, 8.00 p.m. at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Entrance is free of charge.

The events are recorded and the videos are placed online at www.archfondas.lt.