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.