Over 5 days, the French architects Djamel Klouche (AUC), Colin Reynier and Léonard Lassagne (Data Architects) supervised about thirty architecture students to reflect on the territory and propose projects for the rehabilitation of the site. In the end, 9 projects were exhibited at the international conference "Man, Nature and the City" organised by the Magenta Festival and opened by the Lithuanian Minister of Ecology.
While a Lithuania season in France is on the horizon for 2024, this workshop is the first step of an annual cooperation process with the KTU University of Kaunas around architecture at the heart of ecological transition or how to help society and citizens to assume this ecological transition and to build the city differently - a very current debate in Lithuania on heritage and the preservation of sites inherited from the Soviet occupation.
This workshop is the second part of the "Les chemins d'espaces" programme created by the Institut français of Lithuania and the Institut français of Paris in order to invite the inhabitants of Lithuania's second city to (re)discover and re-imagine their city through projects around the territory and art.
This project was made possible thanks to KTU lecturers Laura Jankauskaite-Jureviciene and Jurga Vitkuvienė as well as Gediminas Banaitis from the Magenta festival and the Institut français of Paris, represented by Monica Lebrao Sendra, head of architecture, urban planning and landscape.