KEKS2022 Re-Topia-EN

RE-TOPIA: Optimistic Between Past and Future

Kaunas University of Technology / Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL/ Kaunas 2022

This year’s Kaunas International Summer School confronts our age of uncertainty.  The global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has touched the lives of everyone on the planet, especially those living in cities. In 2007 more people were living in cities than in rural areas. However, the pandemic has seen a reversal of this trend with some people seeking the space and isolation of the countryside. All our experiences over the last 18 months, is causing us to critically and profoundly re-evaluate our relationship with our friends, families and communities, and our homes, our neighbourhoods, our cities and our planet.

International summer school invites participants from architectural and other creative practices to analyse and decode an existing residential cityscape in order to develop new visions of future utopias.

Taking the Soviet-era residential district of „Eiguliai“ as a site of investigation, this year’s Kaunas Summer School will introduce participants to the site through films, interviews, lectures and other media.  A Soviet-era housing project that is just one of the many layers that make up Kaunas’s rich and characteristically modern urban fabric. Participants will critically reflect on the changes in society, culture, community and environment that have eroded this former utopian vision and will propose new interventions that respond to our uncertain future. The Summer School will engage participants and the public in a series of collaborative workshops to share the ideas with residents and develop innovative design proposals.  Working in groups, participants will be expected to engage critically and supportively with each other to address questions of private and public space, spatial justice, equity, ecology, play, materiality, sustainability, connectivity, transportation, infrastructure and landscape.

Combining their learning from „Eiguliai“ and the collective experiences from their respective contexts, each group will generate a design output in the form of drawing, poster, manifesto, animation or other forms of creative intervention that responds to one of the three key themes:

  1.  A New Spatial Equityhow to redesign and redistribute space, internally and/or externally, more fairly and to best serve the needs of all.
  2. From Buildings to Urban Landscapesinterrogating the relationship between the building and its surroundings. Reframing the building as an element in a wider landscape, not an entity in itself.
  3. Urban Resilience improving the health and well-being of the residents and the urban ecology. Can be multi-scale, from a window box to an urban infrastructure plan.

We are interested to integrate your personal experiences wherever you are and whatever your field of work and interest is, into a design response. We will be working on- and off-line and will transform personal observations into a collaborative design response. A wide range of responses will be used from film to drawing, from sketch to animation, or text to manifesto.

The outcomes will be collected and collated to form part of the generative archive for the Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022.


Students and / or young professionals from all fields who are interested in the history, architecture, social context and transformations of Soviet-era residential districts.


The International Summer School consists of two events:

06 11 Seminar – introduction to the international summer school, the aim of which is to get acquainted with the history of modernism residential districts in Europe (Prof. Vladimir Slapeta (Brno University, CZ), social context and the lifestyle in Soviet era ( Kristina Šliavaitė (VDU, LT), the architecture and urban structure of the residential areas of research territory (Assoc. prof. Martynas Marozas (KTU, LT).


06 28-07 02 International Summer School – a follow-up event of the international summer schools “Modernism for the Future” organized in 2018 and 2019. The school will be organized remotely. During the summer school, participants will integrate their personal experiences wherever they are, into a design response. We will be working on-line and off-line and will transform personal observations into a collaborative design response.


NOTE: Participants in the International Summer School must participate in both events


Until June 1 – registration (see the REGISTRATION).

Until June 5 – the selected participants are informed and the pre-invoice for participation is provided

Until June 9 – payment for participation

June 10 – paid participants are provided with a link to the seminar


June 11 9:30–17:00 (EEST) Seminar-Introduction to the International Summer School.


June 27 – a link to the International summer school is provided

June 28-July 2  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (EEST) International Summer School:

Day 1 – introduction and acquaintance with the territory, initial ideas;

Day 2 – design workshops, public involvement;

Day 3 – design workshops, presentation of ideas;

Day 4 – design workshops, developing the ideas;

Day 5 – preparation for presentations and presentations.


Collaborative sketches

Personal design responses


Animations and films

Narrative communal drawings

Paper models and storytelling


Participation fee for the International Summer School events

(seminar and one week school) is 50 euros.


Until June 5 – the selected participants are informed and the pre-invoice for participation is provided

Until June 9 – payment for participation

June 10 – paid participants are provided with a link to the seminar


Upon successful completion of the summer school, participants will receive Certificates, a Publication of ideas generated during the school and Participation Gifts (the fall of 2021)


International summer school welcome Students and/or young specialists from all fields who are interested in the modernism history, architecture, social context and transformations of Soviet-era residential areas.

If you have any questions, write them to

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2019 moments

2018 moments



Eiguliai is a district of Kaunas city, located in its northern part. One of the most prominent objects and attraction centers at the entrances to Eiguliai district is the Kaunas Clinic of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Hospital, which was started to build in 1937 and expanded during the Soviet era (1967–1982). At the beginning of the seventies, when the construction of the Kalniečiai district began, the planners also prepared development plans for Eiguliai. The urban planners of this district were architects S. Lukošius and G. Miškinienė. Construction of Eiguliai apartment houses were started in 1979.  In Eiguliai, as well as in Kalniečiai, large apartment buildings of the same series were built. In Eiguliai districts I and II designed by S. Lukošius, the streets are arranged according to the principle of tree branches, when small streets lead to the main central street. In Eiguliai, just like in Kalniečiai, essentially the same architectural-construction solutions were applied: reinforced concrete slabs were used for the yard covering, children’s playgrounds were built from originally applied construction waste, house numbers and street names were written in large letters on the walls of apartment buildings. By the middle of the eighties, 4 multi-apartment house districts had been built in Eiguliai, the infrastructure was well developed: a trolleybus line had been built to improve communication, two shops and 4 schools had been established. Though, no park or leisure area has been originally formed in Eiguliai district, this is partially compensated by the  Kleboniškis forest sitting nearby. In addition, a clearly distinguished attraction center was not created in Eiguliai, even though it was planned next to the former Eiguliai cinema, according to the designers’ project . From an urban and visual point of view, Eiguliai district has become a continuation of the Kalniečiai district, which was developed a little earlier. Regarding the type of apartment houses, schools, kindergartens and other buildings, the morphotype of Eiguliai and Kalniečiai districts is more or less homogeneous. Eiguliai district was completed in 1985.


Visiting teachers


Sabine Storp



Edward Denison




Laura JJ

Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė

KTU Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture

Architecture lecturer


Vaiva Balvočienė

KTU Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture

Architecture PhD student


Viktoras Jasaitis

KTU Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture

Communication and marketing coordinator



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