ARCHITECTURE FUND http://www.archfondas.lt/en/ Archfondas.lt From Jane Jacobs to Liveable Cities http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/from-jane-jacobs-to-liveable-cities For several decades Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use—or could use—the spaces where they live and work. In this talk Gehl will describe the travel from the idea to actual inception and delivery of livable cities, with a focus on Copenhagen and Vilnius.

The talk will take place on October 25th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 6 pm and will be in English. Event is free.

The same day an exhibition titled Changing Mindsets and dedicated to Jan Gehl’s seminal work as a theorist, researcher and writer of human behaviour in an urban context will be opened at 7 pm in the National Gallery of Art. The lecture by Jan Gehl and exhibition “Changing Mindsets” are organized in collaboration with the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, The Embassy of Denmark and the Danish Ministry of Culture as part of Denmark’s celebration of Lithuania’s centenary.

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2018-10-25
The peculiarities of the development of a participatory society in Lithuania in the context of spatial formation http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/the-peculiarities-of-the-development-of-a-participatory-society-in-lithuania-in-the-context-of-spatial-formation With regard to current trends in terms of the society becoming more democratic, the lecture will be aimed at discussing the discourse on the members of urban spatial formation and describing the principles of the participatory phenomenon. Participation in the process of urban spatial formation is understood and mostly identified by the public as the interests of territorial communities of city dwellers, seeking to improve not only the quality of life indexes but also the conditions for general well-being in the living environment. The lecture will feature a discussion on the issue of public engagement associated with understanding a still-insufficient but an increasingly relevant phenomenon, the public participation in the spatial formation of cities.

The talk will take place on October 18th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in Lithuanian. Event is free.

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2018-10-18
Treading the multilayer. A walk in Vilnius http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/treading-the-multilayer-a-walk-in-vilnius Walking is not only a way to move but also a way to interpret and observe, suggested by the artist Vitalij Červiakov and the art critic Jolanta Marcišauskytė-Jurašienė to be used when considering the case of urban spaces in Vilnius. Vilnius has its own memory and conscience, hiding not only in the facades of the Old Town architecture, its main squares, monuments and tourist routes but also somewhere in-between the vertebrae of the major narratives. What narratives are these? How does the multi-layeredness of the city’s memory show through the fabric of the streets we see every day? How could the ability to read it serve the creation of new objects in the body of the city?

This is not an outgoing lecture or a field trip but rather an attempt to express the insights and results of cultural research into memory attained by culturologists, sociologists and heritage researchers. The alternative walk is organised as an appropriation or a visualisation of the theoretical discourse developed in the book Atminties daugiasluoksniškumas. Miestas, valstybė, regionas (Lithuanian Institute of History, 2013).

The group walk will encourage us to closely watch and listen to the surroundings, the architectural and public space formations, sculptural accents, locations, the cracks and fissures in the palimpsest of memory resulting from human activity.

Walks will take place on September 27th at 7 pm, October 4th at 10 pm and October 11th at 6 am. Duration 2 hrs. Meeting place - National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos pr. 22). Smartphone with headphones necessary.
The number of participants is limited. Feel free to register at jolanta@ndg.lt. The walk will be in Lithuanian.

Photo by Vitalij Červiakov.

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2018-10-04
Workshop series 'Monument dismantling' http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/workshop-series-monument-dismantling Monument dismantling – architectural and sculptural tools for re-staging a scene change


Architecture fund and National Gallery of Art invite to a workshop series, during which artists, architects and media practitioners will work collaboratively or individually in the production of design proposals for possible structures to be installed in the city. The first workshop meetings will take place on Fridays, September 14th and 21st, in the National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos pr. 22). The workshop series is a part of ongoing 23rd series of Architecture talks, titled A City’ Joints and Muscles: About the Links Between Architecture and Art. More information about the talk series: http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion.


September 14th workshop will be led by a sound artist, curator, and architectural theorist Paul Devens. He will present his practice of site-specific sound installations in which issues of architecture and social processes interact during an Architecture talk a day before, September 13th at 8 pm in the auditorium of National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos pr. 22).


September 21st workshop will be led by curator, art critic, and reseacher of cultural and media studies Ryszard Kluszczyński. He will speak about his writing on the artistic strategy of the “anti-memorial”, “anti-monument”, based on looking at artist interventions in public space, sculpting with light by means of its projection on architectural building façades in an Architecture talk a day before, September 20th at 8 pm in the auditorium of National Gallery of Art. Both the talks and the workshops will be moderated by a philosopher, artist, curator based in Ireland Niamh McDonnell, who uses Deleuzian theory of the diagram and diagrammatic approach to material production in directing curatorial projects and creating artworks.


After these two workshops Niamh McDonnell will lead three more workshops, which will take place in October, November and December. Resulting projects will be part of an exhibition in Lithuanian Interdisciplinary Artists' Association (LTMKS) project space Sodų 4 in December.


The media archives on the 2015 dismantling of a Vilnius Green bridge sculptures will be explored in terms of how they can offer a series of scripts that provide directions for experiments in testing the materials that can be used to build the installation structures. The archives documenting the dismantling of the Green Bridge monument provide an image of the enactment of a scene change, a re-arrangement of props in a city-as-stage-set that prompts the performance of a mobile embodied agent, engaging with its surfaces and navigating space. The workshops explore different stagecraft tools for the workshop participants to use in the process of reconstructing the archival representations of the monument in relation to its site, focusing on the event of dismantling in terms of how it alters this relation, thereby re-organizing the surfaces of the built environment.


The project presents a proposition for artists, architects and media practitioners to engage in collaborative material production of design proposals for possible installations in the city. The proposition is based on the idea of re-staging the design competition that invites proposals for a new piece of architecture/sculpture to replace a dismantled monument.


If you are interested in participating, please do not hesitate to register by writing to eglej@ndg.lt. Number of places is limited. Workshops will be held in English. Planned duration of the workshops is from 10 am to 5 pm.

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2018-09-21
Monument dismantling –– re-materialising public space. No. 2 http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/monument-dismantling-re-materialising-public-space-no-2 The lecture hosts a presentation by Ryszard Kluszczyński, curator, art critic, and professor of cultural and media studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Łódź. Kluszczyński will speak about his writing on the artistic strategy of the “anti-memorial”, “anti-monument”, based on looking at artist interventions in public space, sculpting with light by means of its projection on state architectural building façades. The conversation between McDonnell and Kluszczyński will look at the media archive of the Green Bridge monument dismantling in 2015 in terms of how this event displayed a resistance to the soviet state representation of public space, while re-iterating the Lithuanian independent state re-imagining of public space. This will provide the opportunity to discuss a shift in emphasis from a possible deconstructive strategy of artistic intervention to a reconstructive one: from a mode of analysis highlighting the limits of the structure of the design competition, in terms of determining conditions of production, to a mode of analysis of the different possible logics of the design competition.

Talks of September 13th and 20th work as a diptych in the series. It is dedicated to the question of how light and sound could take place of ordinary forms of monumentalization and could be used as means of representation. The talk will be moderated by a philosopher, artist and curator based in Ireland Niamh McDonnell.

The talk will take place on September 20th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 8 pm and will be in English. Event is free.

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2018-09-20
Monument dismantling –– re-materialising public space. No. 1 http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/monument-dismantling-re-materialising-public-space-no-1 Sound artist, curator, architectural theorist, Paul Devens will offer ways of thinking about how the artists and architects can work with sound as a tool for analysing and describing the media archives that document the 2015 dismantling of the Green Bridge monument. Devens’ approach to creating site-specific sound art installations will provide a context to discuss the proposition for reconstructing representations of the monument that produce descriptions of the relation between monument and site; it will also create an opportunity to consider how this process of reconstruction can inform the production of design proposals for new structures, presenting different kinds of possible interventions in the built environment.

 

Talks of September 13th and 20th work as a diptych in the series. It is dedicated to the question of how light and sound could take place of ordinary forms of monumentalization and could be used as means of representation. The talk will be moderated by a philosopher, artist and curator based in Ireland Niamh McDonnell.

 

The talk will take place on September 13th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 8 pm and will be in English. Event is free.

 

On September 14th at 10 am a workshop led by Paul Devens and Niamh McDonnell will take place. More information here: http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/workshop-series-monument-dismantling

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2018-09-13
POSTMODERNISM IS ALMOST ALL RIGHT. FROM EASTERN EUROPE TO THE GULF, AND BACK http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/postmodernism-is-almost-all-right-from-eastern-europe-to-the-gulf-and-back WHAT: inspiring talk with architectural researcher Lukasz Stanek (UK) "Postmodernism Is Almost All Right. From Eastern Europe to the Gulf, and Back"

WHERE: at National Gallery of Arts (Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius)

WHEN: 2018 June 12 (Tuesday), 8 p.m.

 

In the final decade of the Cold War, accelerated architectural mobilities between Eastern Europe and the Middle East resulted in an enhanced circulation of architectural labour, materials, expertise, discourses, and images. This talk will show how the work of Bulgarian and Polish architects expedited a shift in transnational architectural culture in both Eastern Europe and the Gulf. Architects from socialist countries responded to the disenchantment with post-oil urbanization in the UAE and Kuwait, expressed by the widespread turn towards images, ways of use, and patterns of mobility associated with ‘traditional’ urbanism, and reinforced by postmodernism as the new mainstream in architectural discourse and practice. This talk shows how this shift was facilitated by re-contextualised expert systems, such as construction technologies or Computer Aided Design software, and by the specific portable ‘profile’ of experts from socialist countries.

 

Entrance is free, the lecture will be held in English. 

The talk is organised by Architecture Fund

Partner: Polish Institute in Vilnius

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2018-06-12
at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia http://www.archfondas.lt/en/venice-biennale/post/at-the-16th-international-architecture-exhibition-la-biennale-di-venezia Pavilion of Lithuania at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

The Swamp School

Il Giardino Bianco Art Space

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1814, Venice, Italy 

www.swamp.lt


Opening Hours: Tuesday  - Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM 

Official opening on May 25th 4pm.

 

Learning from The Swamp

 

At the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia Lithuania presents its first individual pavilion entitled The Swamp School. The project is curated by artists Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, commissioned by Pippo Ciorra, presented by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and produced by Architektūros Fondas.

 

In a world marked by political instability and threatened by wars and climate change, the Swamp School responds to Freespace by highlighting the vital urgency of human cohabitation with other forms of life. Reproducing the hybrid and inclusive environment of wetlands, the Pavilion of Lithuania will function as a learning lab to sense and discuss alternative models of coexistence between human and nature.

 

Suspended between air, land and water, the swamp is a liminal space inhabited by an incredibly vital ecosystem of rare animals and greenery. Resistant to human interference and surrounding threats, the swamp gives the opportunity to explore the idea of sympoiesis – making and becoming together – as an alternative paradigm for the future. 

 

Using a network of drainage pipes, curators will turn Il Giardino Bianco Art Space into a pedagogical laboratory where visitors will gradually immerse into the swamp environment. The multi-sensory experience will offer a journey through the sounds, the smells and the natural processes of wetlands, culminating in an outdoor space where a patch of Lithuanian swamp will be temporarily reinstalled.

 

Throughout Biennale Architettura 2018, The Swamp School will act as an ever-changing and open-ended platform for experimentation and research on the future of living. An interdisciplinary group of tutors with students from all over the world will shape installations and workshops in both the pavilion and Venice, turning the whole city into a learning environment.

 

Commissioner Pippo Ciorra said: “The swamp is a very good metaphor for the contemporary condition of both architecture and inhabited space. Today architecture is suspended between nature and artefact, ecology and politics, while space is bouncing back and forth between material and immaterial. Just like the swamp, which is at the same time water and land – just like Venice – borderless and in motion, a resource and a danger.” 

 

 

Curators Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas said: “Given that every construction starts from land reclamation. Today, swamps seem to be the opposite of architecture. Made evident by global environmental disasters, wetlands are physically pushing back on our attempts to industrialize and control them. Instead of fighting our watery neighbors, we must embrace them as a place for future co-habitation. Indeed, swamp turns out to be a perfect milieu, the place, to learn, to understand, and to hear other species, forces and ecosystems that have been silenced and downgraded by us. Let’s try to envision: how could swamps benefit architecture?” 

 

 

It will open on Friday 25th May at 4:00 pm with the Audible Lansdscapes by Jana Winderen, from 9:30 pm to 22:30 – Performance by Francisco Lopez. 

 

 

Follow the news of the Swamp School on social media: 

#TheSwampSchool #PavilionofLithuania #TheSwampPavilion 

 

Twitter: @SwampPavilion

Instagram: @swamppavilion

Facebook:  TheSwampPavilion 

 

 

Press Office contacts:

Giedre Sileikyte, Press Officer

e-mail: media@swamp.lt

phone: 00370 6879 4230

 

 

The Swamp School

Pavilion of Lithuania

16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, 2018

Venue: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1814, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy.

www.swamp.lt

E-mail: info@swamp.lt

 

Curators: Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas

Commissioner: Pippo Ciorra

Producer: Sandra Šlepikaitė, Architektūros fondas 

Assistant Curators: Jautra Bernotaitė, Andrius Ropolas, Kristupas Sabolius, Indrė Umbrasaitė, Paulius Vaitiekūnas

Project Ambassador Julija Reklaitė

Project Manager: Mindaugas Reklaitis

Production Coordinators: Adelė Dovydavičiūtė, Indrė Ruseckaitė, Alessandro Zorzetto

Editors: Jonathan Crisman, Mariel Villeré

Graphic Design: NODE Berlin/Oslo and Anna Haas

Communication: AUTORIAI (Giedrė Šileikytė) and Marta Atzeni

Presented by: The Lithuanian Council for Culture

 

Partners: MIT School of Architecture and Planning; Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp; Antwerp University; Università Iuav di Venezia; NABA Milan; Academy of Art and Design FHNW Basel; University of Iceland; Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas; a.pass Brussels; Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Städelschule Architecture Class – Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Frankfurt, HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg, Contour Biennial 9 Mechelen

 

With the support of: MIT School of Architecture and Planning; MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology; MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology; The Nordic Culture Fund; Office for Contemporary Art Norway, UAB Durpeta. 

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2018-05-26
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN THE ARCHITECTURE OF EDUCATIONAL BUILDINGS http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/continuity-and-change-in-the-architecture-of-educational-buildings It is important to strengthen the connection between the fields of re-use and real estate develop-ment. The restoration of heritage must be given a more prominent role as an alternative in resolv-ing the demands on the market. Apart from economical and environmental benefits, heritage and history can inspire the social and cultural development of children and young adults.


The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on March 22th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Entrance is free of charge.

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2018-03-22
INFLUENCE OF COLOURS IN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/influence-of-colours-in-learning-environment Based on cooperation and a European study, taking into consideration the different phases of children development and how children, teenagers and young adults interact with their environment, the purpose is to present inspiring colours associations, in learning environments suitable with users needs.

 

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on February 8th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

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2018-02-08
A place which permits the joy in the small things of life and democratic living http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/a-place-which-permits-the-joy-in-the-small-things-of-life-and-democratic-living Education was regarded as a vital component of the strengthening of democracy in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. In England, the extensive school building programme embarked on involved a generation of architects and educators committed to public engagement. The idea was to see how far it was possible, through the opportunities of national school building renewal, to (without discouraging teachers who preferred traditional methods), encourage those teachers who were exploring approaches that more fully utilised space and equipment.

 

This presentation will explore some of the major influences on the international effort to design the modern school, fit for purpose in the post war decades. It will examine the particular influence of Crow Island School, Winnetka, north of Chicago, USA on European school architecture and education.

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on February 1st at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.
Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

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2018-02-01
HOUSING CHOICE – OR HOW TO NEGOTIATE THE OPPORTUNITIES http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/housing-choice-or-how-to-negotiate-the-opportunities This talk is exploring the educational opportunities found in engaging an old factory by the sea with initiatives, in playful dialogue with regulations, limitations, difficulties and strain. Questioning how searching the path for a school can lead far off track of plausible institutional regimes. 

 

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on January 25th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

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2018-01-25
NEW EDUCATIONAL CONCEPTS AND THE SCHOOL BUILDING http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/new-educational-concepts-and-the-school-building More individual learning concepts as well as the desire to work in groups of changing size and composition has lead to a breaking-up of traditional floor-plan concepts over the last 10 years. «Learning landscapes» as well as «classroom clusters» are replacing the combination of corridors and classrooms. The lecture will showcase new school buildings and adaptions mainly from Switzerland, but also from Germany, and Scandinavia.

  

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on January 19th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

 
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2018-01-19
Approaching Citizenship http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/approachingcitizenship Co-curators of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Ann Lui and Mimi Zeiger, will give insight into the curatorial practices and research leading into Dimensions of Citizenship. Interrogating the spatial conditions of design and citizenship, their exhibition will present works by architects, designers, artists, and thinkers who are responding to today’s shifting modes of citizenship, and putting forth visions of future ways of belonging.

 

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

 

The talk will take take place on January 5th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in English. Event is free.

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2018-01-05
SCHOOL AS A SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/school-as-a-social-infrastructure Being a special place for the community and a place for innovation, elementary schools should be prepared for a future supporting general public’s changing needs. This lecture explores the potential of school as a community garden, multi-generation center, historical site and disaster shelter.

 

The conversation is arranged in collaboration with VGTU Faculty of Architecture.

The talk is held on December 6th at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos av. 22, Vilnius.

Event starts at 8 p.m. Entrance is free of charge. Lecture will be held in English.

 

 

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2017-12-06
The City of Social Media http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/the-city-of-social-media This lecture explores social media as a new form of urbanization, the architecture of how we live together. Social media has constructed a new kind of virtual city that has taken over many of the functions of the traditional city. It also redefines and restructures physical space. We now inhabit a kind of hybrid space between virtual and real. As with the arrival of mass media in the early 20th century, social media redraws again what is public and what is private, what is inside and what is outside. It even redefines and restructures physical space, the architecture of houses and cities.

 

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. 

 

The talk will take take place on November 24th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in English. Event is free.

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2017-11-24
ARCHITECTURAL WORKSHOP http://www.archfondas.lt/en/venice-biennale/post/architectural-workshop  

Lithuania will be represented at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale by the Architecture Fund’s project titled The Swamp Pavilion. Organizers invite architects and designers to participate in the workshop to create the design of the most ambitious pavilion of 2018!

 

The project’s concept is based on the fact that on the edge of the primary biennale space – Giardini there is the only area where new construction may still be possible. It is a triangular patch of water, next to the territory of the Biennale, separated only by a fence. This public space on a water is a proposition for an alternative mode of growth for the Biennale, one that forgoes claims on ever more precious and costly private urban land.

 

This specific territory in Venice is the proposed location for The Swamp Pavilion as an expansion of national territory within the international context of the Biennale. The specific limits of the site inhibits incursion onto the land area, locating the pavilion where pre-existing elements of air and water are available. The Swamp Pavilion aims not so much to occupy a place as to create a space of constant re-creation, one in which it would be possible to offer various acts, one where the role being formed is itself highlighted. In this way, the theme of a defined architectural form is connected with pedagogical – that is, shaping – practice. The Swamp Pavilion consisted of dynamically connected elements will operate as a constantly changing space for “swampy” sensual experiences and creativity. During the Biennale In the pavilion will be held series of workshops for architecture students to analyze non-material architectural forms and fill the territory with new senses. Architects are invited to create the architectural space, which would get along with water and would take a dynamic, ecosystemic and conceptual action.

 

Architects, who would like to participate in the workshop between 25th and 27th of November, are invited to send their sketches of The Swamp Pavilion. The pavilion project will be developed during the workshop and will be realized in Venice.

 

 

More about The Swamp Pavilion here and here.

More about the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale and its theme Free space here.

 

 

 

Contact: pavilion@archfondas.lt

 

Organizer: Architecture fund


Workshop partner: VAA Nida Art Colony

 

Lithuanian Council for Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania finances representation of Lithuanian pavilion in Venice Architecture Biennale.

 

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2017-11-17
Matter and form of the imagination http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/matter-and-form-of-the-imagination Kristupas Sabolius is a writer, an associate professor of philosophy at Vilnius University (Lithuania) an ex-Fulbright fellow at Stony Brook (State University of New  York). Sabolius collaborated with Lithuanian theatre directors and wrote a few plays, contemporaneously conducting a philosophical research on the subject of imagination. In his research, Sabolius considers imagination as the point of intersections between phenomenology, psychoanalysis, arts, cinema, theatre or even neuroscience.

 

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.  

 

The talk will take take place on November 9th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.

The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in Lithuanian. Event is free.

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2017-11-09
Makeshift Modernity: DIY, Craft and the Virtuous Homemaker in New Soviet Housing of the 1960s http://www.archfondas.lt/en/news/post/makeshift-modernity-diy-craft-and-the-virtuous-homemaker-in-new-soviet-housing-of-the-1960s WHAT? Architecture [news] fund and Vilnius University, Faculty of History present an inspiring talk by Susan E. Reid ‘Makeshift Modernity: DIY, Craft and the Virtuous Homemaker in New Soviet Housing of the 1960s’

WHERE? Vilnius Universitete, Faculty of History, hall 211, Universiteto g. 7, Vilnius

WHEN? November 2, 2017 [Thursday], 6 PM. In English.

 

HOW THE SPEAKER IS EXCEPTIONAL?


Susan E. Reid is a Professor of Cultural History at the Department of Politics History and International Relations, Loughborough University. She has published widely on visual and material culture, art, gender, consumption, and the everyday in the USSR, focusing on the 1950s–1960s. She has also researched Cold War art, design and visual culture, including Soviet participation in, and reception of, international exhibitions and World Fairs. Currently she is completing an oral history project on everyday aesthetics, socialist modernity, consumption and identity in Khrushchev-era housing, provisionally entitled Khrushchev Modern: Making Oneself at Home in the Soviet 1960s. 

 

HOW THE TALK IS INSPIRING?


In cities across the Soviet Union in the late 1950s and early 1960s, new housing developments of plain five-storey apartment blocks mushroomed thanks to an intensive programme for mass industrialised housing construction launched by the Party-State in 1957. Modern living conditions were to be created for millions, it was promised, through state planning and investment in the modernisation of construction, making maximum use of technology and factory prefabrication in place of bricklaying and other artisanal methods. Drawing on oral history and material culture, this article attends to some contradictory, seemingly unplanned and un-modern aspects of popular agency entailed in producing the modern Soviet environment, including the role of local improvisation, DIY and manual craft. These were not necessarily resistant to or subversive of the socialist state’s modernisation project but had a more complex and ambivalent relation to it, as complementary or compensatory accommodations that “tuned” universal models to local contingency.

 

The talk organised by Architecture[news]fund and Vilnius University Faculty of History.

 

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2017-11-02
The architect as policy whisperer http://www.archfondas.lt/en/discussion/post/the-architect-as-policy-whisperer Policy whispering implies the activation of architectural production for the sake of future public policies, i.e. dealing with architecture’s capacity to influence - in a pro-active manner – the political agenda. How to implement policy whispering into contemoprary architectural discipline?

 

The talk is a part of “The Swamp Pavilion”  - Lithuanian representation in 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. 

 

The talk will take take place on October 24th in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.
The talk will start at 20:00 and will be in English. Event is free.

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2017-10-24