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Kaunas, Creative City of Design,is well-known for the Modernist architecture that has shaped the urban landscape of the city since the first half of the XX century in Lithuania. The great physical heritage of the Modernist Movement does not only represent the rich cultural past, but it impacts every day’s life of its citizens and their sense of belonging to the city.
On 14 February, the city of Kaunas launched its exhibition on “Architecture of Optimism: The Kaunas Phenomenon, 1918-1940”. The inauguration ceremony, held at the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, has celebrated the heritage of the Lithuanian Creative City of Design, and promoted innovation and creativity through the idea of optimism.
From June to September, Kaunas, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, organized a one-stage anonymous design contest to seek a design concept for the city’s new Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Concert Centre. 117 architectal studios entered contest from 36 countries. The 3 finalists are now revealed and 11 top proposals, including several from studios sited in UNESCO Creative Cities.
Who is the most famous person from Kaunas, Lithuania, of all times? If we think about art and culture, George Maciunas is the right answer. Born in Kaunas in 1931, George Maciunas emigrated to Germany and then to the United States of America with his family in the wake of WW2. Later in New York, he became the founder and godfather of Fluxus – the international and interdisciplinary experimental art movement that took shape in the 1960s.
Kaunas, UNESCO Creative City of Design, offers a unique opportunity to artists, creative agencies, and professionals in the field of graphic design or communication, to participate in an international contest to create a logo and visual identity for Kaunas European Capital of Culture project. An international jury, responsible for evaluating the received proposals, would decide the winning project. The selected logo will be used for all communication materials related to the project until 2023.
Kaunas, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, has opened a unique square, named George Maciunas, located in the middle of the tripartite junction connecting Vytauto Avenue, K. Donelaicio Street and Parodos Street. Named after one of the pioneers of the Fluxus movement, the square is the world’s first non-accessible square totally invisible to pedestrians, and corresponds to the spirit of Fluxian absurdity.
Kaunas, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, is organizing a one-stage anonymous design contest to seek a design concept for the city’s new Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Concert Centre.
Monuments: How to remember what is not there? How not to forget what is there? How to memorialise something you wish not to have been? And, in the face of over-saturation, what monuments do we really need?
Kaunas, UNESCO City of Design, is seeking submissions for its 14th Annual Photo Festival.
From 28 to 30 September 2017, Kaunas, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, will play host to 4D, an international conference aimed at highlighting the value of design for social entities, technological advancement, and business creation and renewal. Designing Development and Developing Design are the conference’s thematic axes.