Kuriu Vilniu

Proposed orchard with open-air-kitchen

“The main objectives of the “Kuriu Vilniu” programme aim to reveal the identity of specific public
spaces in the city and to promote positive aesthetic and social changes in the local community,
support the artistic installations in the city, bring together residents and artists, enliven the social
environment, activate business participation in the urban development, and stimulate the debate
on urban art forms.
We think that it is time to draw attention away from the Vilnius city centre and look at the
environment of its “true inhabitants” at the “sleeping districts” by inviting an artist who could think
about a public artwork proposal that would invite a new look to the spatial and cultural heritage
of the place, imagine new ways of collective experiences, or assign new aspirations to the
existing conditions.

  • The agriculture past / Current conditions vs. Future (How spatial configuration of “home”

Historical context: the population growth in urban areas at the time of Soviet regime (80s-90s)
brutally reshaped all largest Lithuanian cities. Many countryside landscapes were transformed
into districts representing modernist-socialist architectural fantasies of efficient and equal urban
living.
Unfortunately, the limited resources and current trends in prefabricated building structures led
the design of these new districts to uniform solutions that differ very little from one another.
Imagine, only a little bit more than 35 years ago, the micro-rayon Fabijoniskes, located at the
Northern part of Vilnius, was still a village. Named after Fabian, a name that derives from the
Latin faba for a broad bean, the area was famous for its agricultural fields since the 17th
century. And today it is the most populated city part that experiences the issues of an aging
population, worn-out buildings and public infrastructure, dominance of car parkings, and
more-than-ever individualistic lifestyle in the neighbourhood.
Put these issues aside, no one would say that Fabijoniskes misses the unique charm thanks to
its photogenic architecture and trees that slowly started to dominate and take over the green
areas. It is considered one of the safest neighbourhoods in Vilnius and continues to attract new
urban development projects.”
Sigita Simone