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- Regeneration [and its Discontents] Book Launch

JUN 2021

Architektūros fondas and The Lithuanian Union of Architects invites you to the launch of the book ‘Regeneration [and its discontents]’ edited by Tautvydas Urbelis and Dovydas Laurinaitis with contributions by Chiara Dorbolò, Hybrid Space Lab (prof. Elizabeth Sikiaridi and prof. Frans Vogelaar), Jay Springett, Jaspar Joseph-Lester, Samuel Perea-Diaz and Banu Çiçek Tülü, and Viktorija Šiaulytė.

The book ‘Regeneration [and its discontents]’ is a continuation and expansion of the discussion series of the same name. During the series (curated by Tautvydas Urbelis, Noah Brehmer and Miglė Babickaitė) the concept of ‘regeneration’ became a tool to explore multifaceted interaction between city, culture, art and politics. Resisting the temptation to reduce the city’s complexity into the binary opposition of ‘us’ vs ‘them’, specialists from different disciplines introduced strategies for activating positive urban and architectural development through art, aesthetics and sound. The talks and accompanying events showed that ‘regeneration’ escapes boundaries of one discipline and is a promising lens to think about different urban futures.

Inspired and guided by these efforts, the book ‘Regeneration [and its Discontents]’ expanded some of the key ideas of the talk series and looked towards the potential futures of speculative and real urban environments. The image of weeds breaking through concrete articulates the physicalisation of the will to transform in alien environments; to become new, to regenerate. ‘Regeneration [and its discontents]’ are all the collections of the intricate root systems that permeate the modern city, interacting with the material and immaterial (infa)structures. On different scales and from different angles, 6 authors embark on their own journeys through the city.

The readers of the book will inevitably encounter the Le Guin-ian idea of a container that we wished to extend further to the launch event by pairing up 6 artists with each of the texts so that they may place their responses in the container of ‘Regeneration [and its discontents]’. The interpolations of Aistė Ambrazevičiūtė, Artūras Čertovas, Byuka Krow, NKO, Sholto Dobie, and Tom Kemp will present the periphery of the book in what we hope to be an ever growing process of ideas interacting across dimensions and fields, asking attendees to consider what they will put alongside and what they would take out.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and efforts to contain it, the launch will be expanded to four days. Visitors can come at any time during the opening hours and explore the works, the book and the space.


Curators: Tautvydas Urbelis ir Dovydas Laurinaitis

Coordinator: Aistė Liuka Jonynaitė

Project Manager: Greta Trapinkienė

Graphic Designer: Gaile Pranckunaite

Translations: Paulius Balčytis

Produced by: Architektūros fondas, Lithuanian Union of Architects, Architecture Centre

Funded by: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Architektūros fondas, Lithuanian Union of Architects and Architecture Centre

Printing house: Kopa

Many thanks to: Aistė Gaidilionytė


4 June 2021, 18:00

Architektūros fondas gallery, Vitebsko g. 23, LT-11350 Vilnius

Open Friday 18:00-20:00;

Saturday-Monday 12:00-19:00