Co-urbanism event in Vilnius, Lithuania, 07-08 April 2017

Co-urbanism 2017 Speakers

Kaspars Lielgalvis (Totaldobže Art Center, Latvia) will tell us  about cultural revitalisation of empty buildings in Latvia. A title of his presentation is: "Totaldobže Art Centre in empty buildings of Riga and Liepaja".
Kaspars is an artist, curator, art manager and culture activist. He is co-founder of Art Centre “Totaldobže” which has become an experimental platform for cross-over creation and meeting for artists, poets, musicians, dancers and representatives from other culture disciplines in Riga.
Since 2008 in collaboration with other artists and institutions “Totaldobže” has organized more then 300 contemporary art events – artist talks, art exhibitions, experimental workshops, interdisciplinary concerts, poetry slams, public discussions, international interdisciplinary festival and other types of contemporary art activities in Riga, Liepaja and outside Latvia – in Estonia and Spain.
Since 2014 “Totaldobže” has produced  printed Riga Culture maps and online calendar of cultural events


Albertas Kazlauskas is a founder and permanent tour guide of gatves gyvos ("Streets Alive", Vilnius). It is a cultural initiative suggesting residents of Vilnius city to discover the quarters of the town that are usually out of the touristic route and considered to be trivial, insignificant.The main intention of „Streets Alive“ is to give the opportunity for every person, despite of financial or social situation, to explore and develop their knowledge about the urban space they inhabit.


Eugenijus Kaminskis and Ieva Nagyte, participants of "Create Lithuania" programme. Through the analysis of various case studies, they explored the applicability of creative placemaking in Lithuania. Their topic is "Creative placemaking in Lithuania: challenges and opportunities".
According to Ieva and Eugenijus, "Although creative placemaking is relatively new to the Lithuanian context, there are multiple examples of cultural/creative projects throughout the country, which use its methods. Ieva and Eugenijus will introduce good Lithuanian practices and discuss their challenges, strengths and opportunities".
Researching various interactions between communities, project managers, businesses and governmental institutions, they looked into how comprehensive partnerships can help revitalising and developing quality places. After delivering recommendations to the Ministry of Culture and creating a practical guide for cultural project managers, they continue to promote creative placemaking in various formats.


Open House Vilnius team. An open architecture weekend during which usually or partly inaccessible buildings in Vilnius city open their doors to the public. This year April 22nd-23rd OHV event will take place for the third time. Event is organised by public institution “Architekturos fondas”. At the conference Open House Vilnius will be presented by an architect, active in architecture education field and one of the event organizers Adele Dovydavičiute.
In her presentation "Open House Vilnius - opening eyes, minds and doors" she will speak about the event's influence to the city and it’s society. What are the challenges in
the process of organizing the event? Why could event be called phenomenon and also a challenge for the city? Where are the secrets of event hidden?

Agnia Asanovich (from Minsk) will present an Urban game #PlayHelloCity. According to Agnia, "this adventurous game invites players to experience community affiliation in the city/neighborhood. The goal is to prove that small interventions can start positive change in our environment. The game exists in a card format and has for each week a fascinating challenge (52 cards for 52 weeks in a year).
Some of the tasks develop self-understanding, some focus on discovering new spaces or urban values, others foster meeting various stakeholders of the city.
The mini-actions are designed to be solved during the daily routine consuming minimum amount of time and resources. During this playful journey players engage with new perspectives and get to know their neighbors and themselves better. They discover visible or invisible obstacles and potentials of the urban phenomena that influence their relationship with the city and shape their role in the community."
Ahniya Asanovich holds MSc Politics and Administration (CoE, Belgium), co-developer of the Playhellocity urban game, Egalite Inclusive Media School founder, urbanist, interpreter (FR/EN-RU/BY), PR and Advocacy specialist, policy analyst and social projects coordinator. The title of her presentation is "Urban game Playhellocity - 52 ideas of how to liven up your city".

Tomas S. Butkus is an independent publisher, editor-in-chief of Vario Burnos. He will share with us innovative approaches in spatial learning. According to Tomas, one of the challenges for contemporary society has become an ability to connect elements and to see a panoramic view. That's how the idea to start arranging creative workshops for spatial learning has emerged. The title of his presentation is "Universe Minor" - Spatial Education Workshop for Children.

Renata Domeikaite  is a member of Miesto Laboratorija - a green community education center, based in Vilnius, Sapiegos Park. It's a group of young, motivated people who are introducing sustainable lifestyle ideas to urban Vilnius. The centre aims to be an incubator for sustainable city ideas and eco-friendly initiatives that could be easily brought into the daily lifestyle of the urban resident. Miesto Laboratorija aims to gather urban residents and help them to learn how to save energy, how to recycle, implement and take care of vertical gardens (using hydroponics system) and small scale DIY projects. Such centre serves as a platform that could provide advice and help to the local communities in transition towards sustainability. Having knowledge about similar initiatives around the globe (e.g. de Ceuvel / Amsterdam and other), they believe that such centre could also be a great sightseeing attraction for the tourists.


Rasa Chmieliauskaite, Kaunas-based architect, is an active member of social-cultural movements. She is a member of TeKA - a creative community that seeks to bring interconnections between Kaunas cultural life and the river. The community arranges events, discussions, provocative actions asking, how Kaunas could live WITH the river (not just by the river). How the river can be a source of city life, identity and inspiration. Her presentation at Co-urbanism 2o17 is "TeKA riverbank revival - City and the River".


Aleksandra Nenko from St. Petersburg, who is going to speak about the role of libraries in the developing sustainable local networks is a founder of ARTS4CITY - a multidisciplinary project team focused on developing contemporary urban culture in St. Petersburg. She has received her PhD in sociology from Kiev National University. Now she works as an associate professor at the Institute for Design and Urban Studies (St. Petersburg).

"ARTS4CITY is aimed at developing different soft technologies which can animate the city. We have tried out short-term and long-term tools and we tackle different urban issues - activating local communities where neighbours do not know each other, animating non-places - abandoned and neglected city areas, redesigning public spaces which are mono-functional or boring. The examples of our tools are urban walks, urban games, neighbor parties, urban festivals, urban kitchen, and others. We also put a big stress on education and public events which give chances for young urban researchers and activists to learn more about cultural technologies in the city. ARTS4CITY is an international project, bringing together researchers and artists from different European cities and supported by many partners from education, international cooperation, government, and civil society".


Jaakko Blomberg, social innovator, and co-founder of Yhteismaa, Findland. He is known for his projects on approach in revitalising public spaces in Helsinki: "Cleaning Day", "Social Innovators Connected".

You can find out about his previous projects in the interview below:



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