About

Meeting of European cities and sites of Modern Movement

The architectural and urban modernization processes that took place between the two world wars are an important part of the European identity. Though in recent decades the studies of Modern Movement architecture have become increasingly widespread, this heritage still lacks the relevant attention from the public and the tourism sector.

Kaunas, the provisional capital of Lithuania during the interwar period (1919-1940), is noted for its interwar Modernism architecture that was granted the European Heritage Label by the European Commission in 2014. This year, Kaunas is pleased to invite other European cities and sites of Modern architecture to the Meeting for a discussion on the need to protect, define and promote the heritage of the first half of the 20th century as one of the keystones of uniting Europe.

The main goal of the Meeting is to bring together the European cities and sites of Modern Movement architecture, cultural heritage protection institutions to discuss the potential of this architectural and cultural heritage in formation of modern urban identity and its use for tourism purposes. The participants will also discuss if this Meeting could serve as the basis for further cooperation and creating the network of cities and sites of Modern Movement architecture.

Speakers

Artis Zvirgzdiņš
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Artis Zvirgzdiņš

A4D

Vladimir Šlapeta
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Vladimir Šlapeta

Brno University of Technology / Czech Technical University

Vaidas Petrulis
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Vaidas Petrulis

Kaunas Technological University

Andrzej Szczerski
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Andrzej Szczerski

Jagiellonian University Kraków

Olha Zarechnyuk
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Olha Zarechnyuk

Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

Ana Maria Zahariade
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Ana Maria Zahariade

Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism

Mart Kalm
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Mart Kalm

Estonian Academy of Arts

Patrick Leech
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Patrick Leech

University of Bologna

Mike Robinson
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Mike Robinson

University of Birmingham

Robert Hirsch
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Robert Hirsch

Gdynia municipality / Gdansk University of Technology

Programme

Coffee break

Coffee break

30 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Registration of participants

Registration of participants

30 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Welcome speech to the forum participants

  • Simonas Kairys, Kaunas city vice mayor
  • Evelina Karalevičienė, National Commission for Cultural Heritage

30 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

The romance of concrete and the seduction of structure: New attractions in the tourist world

Mike Robinson, United Kingdom

30 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Modernism and the heritage of independence: The case of Central-Eastern Europe 1918–1939

Andrzej Szczerski, Poland

30 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Creating transnational heritage: The Atrium cultural route

Patrick Leech, Italy

30 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Lunch time

Lunch time

60 min

Case presentations: Grandeur et decadence of Bucharest interwar modernism

Ana Maria Zahariade, Romania

15 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Case presentations: Czechoslovakia new state – new architecture 1918–1939

Vladimir Šlapeta, Czech Republic

15 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Digital Map as a Tool for Promotion of Interwar Architectural Heritage: Case of “Modernism in Lviv”

Olha Zarechnyuk, Ukraine

15 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Case presentations: The problems of protection and restoration of Modern Movement architecture in Poland, based on the example of the city of Gdynia

Robert Hirsh, Poland

15 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Coffee break

Coffee break

30 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Interwar architecture in Estonia: still in use

Mart Kalm, Estonia

15 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

The interwar Modernist architecture heritage in Latvia – diversity of typologies and a variety of nowadays approaches towards it

Artis Zvirgzdiņš, Latvia

15 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Kaunas modernism architecture

Vaidas Petrulis, Lithuania

15 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Discussion

Time for discussions

60 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Walking tour of Kaunas modernist objects

Walking tour of Kaunas modernist objects

90 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Reception-dinner at the historical Kaunas` officers` club

Reception-dinner at the historical Kaunas` officers` club

60 min

Kaunas Garrison Officers' Club Building

Place of the Meeting

The historical Kaunas’ Officers’ Club remains to this day one of the city’s most significant interwar architectural gems. Over the years, the building has retained its original function, and fascinates not only by its expressive architecture, but also by what’s hidden behind its walls. Its design is representative of Lithuania’s interwar ideological narrative, inspired by the country’s glorious past, and its modern future.

A. Mickevičius street 19,
Kaunas 44310

ABOUT THE PLACE

Where to stay?

The organisers of the Meeting suggest to stay in these hotels:

Best Western Santaka Hotel
Best Western Santaka Hotel

About 1,22 km away from the event place.

Europa Royale Kaunas
Europa Royale Kaunas

About 660 m from the even site.

HOF hotel
HOF hotel

About 670 m from the even site.

Hotel Kaunas
Hotel Kaunas

About 640 m away from the event site.

Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas
Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas

About 370 m away from the event site.

Best Baltic Hotel Kaunas
Best Baltic Hotel Kaunas

About 80 m away from the event site.

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