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Building Narratives

Architektūros fondas‘ programme Building Narratives is focusing on investigating the relationship between architecture and stories surrounding it. Within the programme of 2020 and the series of events taking place from August 27th till September 5th Architektūros fondas is looking for untold stories, projects making new connections, objects changing their meanings, and other cases demonstrating the power of narration. 


Buildings aren’t shaped by mortar and concrete anymore – crucial and sometimes the most important ingredient is narrative. Whether it is purely a PR product or an organic construct it creates perceptions and shapes the way we see and understand our environment. Hearing, reading or assembling a narrative from smaller pieces helps us to determine if something is good, useful and even beautiful. At the same time, changing narrative has the power to change perceptions of our environment. Bad can become good, ugly-beautiful, all without any changes in physical structure.


As a new narrative has the power to transform architecture on its own, it becomes extremely important to understand how different ways of talking about architecture can shape its future. Therefore  Architektūros fondas is seeking to discover personal narratives and encourage the creatives to get involved in this affair.


In 2020, Architektūros fondas will collaborate with 6 Future Architecture creatives and collectives researching the topic, exploring curatorial methods and tools, experimenting with, and creating new approaches for the future of narration. Invited creatives will elaborate their projects in three stages: 


* site-specific researches, helping to contextualise and adopt their primary or brand new ideas within the Lithuanian context;

* event series dedicated to present the results of research and experiments

* contributions to the (online) publication with the texts, visual stories or films at the end of the year. 


The publication issued at the end of the year will not only contain explorations of the creatives but also will include texts of invited authors, contributing the sub-topics of Building Narratives. 


Building Narratives programme is a strong creative impulse for merging the ongoing projects of Architektūros fondas and their methods, while looking for common ground among experiments of architecture curating, podcasts and publications, Architecture talk series, and others. While running this programme Architektūros fondas is acting as a moderator and as a creative link between the Future Architecture creatives and members, incorporating its expertise in being an open and voluntary platform, and holding experience and knowledge to host bottom-up initiatives and networking.


Curators of the programme: Andrius Ropolas, Indrė Ruseckaitė, Justinas Dūdėnas, Sandra Šlepikaitė. 


Event series Building Naratives is a part of the Future Architecture platform and European Architecture programme 2020, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Architektūros fondas' strategic partner is Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Projects in Eiguliai are organized in collaboration with Kaunas 2022 programmes "Modernism for Future" and "All as One".