“Emotional attachment is one of the key aspects of heritage appreciation. We need to create emotional shock to wake up these places, to create new stories and new ways of forging an emotional attachment”. Kaunas’ status as a temporary capital City (1919–1940) provoked a huge construction boom: government institutions, museums, educational institutions, business offices, hotels, industrial territories, housing, etc. were built. The area of the City expanded by a factor of seven. More than 6,000 buildings from this period survive until today. This process corresponds with huge changes in European and Global architecture. In the 1930s, in a very short period of time, the Modernist Movement became the de facto international style. The revolutionary seeds sown by Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and other world-class architects and schools of architecture, found fertile soil in dozens of places around the world. Unlike the public and civil purposes of other built heritage the Modernist Movement buildings are still inhabited by thousands of people in Kaunas. According to the architectural critic Wayne Attoe, “Histories are constructed as sequences of deviant, “progressive” building,” who asks us to take a closer look at everyday spaces.
Plans and international events for 2018
“Modernism for the European Year of Cultural Heritage”
“Historic urban landscape of Modern Movement and value”: June 25–29, 2018
“Forum of historic cities and sites of Modern Movement in East Europe”: September 11, 2018
Kaunas Conference “Modernism for the Future”: September 12–13, 2018