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Open discussion: “Interpretation of the 20th century built heritage: aims and strategies”

2019-12-06/09:30 - 17:00

Back in the mid-20th century, heritage specialist Freeman Tilden pointed out that simply knowing historical fact is not enough to be motivated to appreciate and preserve a historical legacy. We need an interpretation that encourages the discovery of new meanings of the past in the present.

December 6th from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kaunas 2022 architecture and heritage program Modernism for the Future invites artists, community activists and curators of all fields to an open discussion on the meaning of interpretation in conveying the architectural heritage of modernism in Kaunas.


What questions will we raise:
• What specific challenges does the interpretation of 20a architecture face?
• How do different groups of society get involved?
• What are the specific challenges and expectations of Kaunas city in this context?
This discussion will be organized as an instrument for open and critical reflection of the processes taking place Kaunas and also to form a message about future expectations.


Part 1. Good practices and Kaunas case study
9:30-10:00 Welcome coffee.
10.00–10.20 Vaidas PETRULIS. Interpretation of modern architecture

in Kaunas. Specific needs of Kaunas while preparing UNESCO World heritage nomination.
10.20–10.40 Laura SERRA and Maxime FOREST (France). Interpreting modernist heritage from design: Sharing experiences from France and Central & Eastern Europe.
10.40–11.10 Kotryna GARANASVILI (Lithuania / United Kingdom). Writing in Architecture: Re-imagining Kaunas Modernism in a Novel.
11.10–11.20 Coffee break.
11.20–11.40 Hugo HERRERA TOBÓN (Netherlands). Bottom-up, subjective mapping practices: designing methods for local engagement.
11.40–12.10 Aideen BARRY (Ireland). „Strange Terrain“.
12.10–12.30 Discussion.
12.30–13.30 Lunch break.

Part 2. Round table discussion
14.00-17.00 Round table discussion with local heritage community on the issues of interpretation of Kaunas modernism.

The event is free and will be held in English.


09:30 - 17:00
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