Development of the urban vision of the former Augustinian monastery complex

The development of the feasibility study of the complex envisaged the involvement of the local and urban community, territorially interested groups, youth and students in all creative workshops. The needs and voice of the city’s “consumers” were heard and represented by organizations and individuals of various profiles.

First creative workshop – “Sowing”

In the first creative workshop, for a short period of 1-2 y.  42 participants from 20 organizations took part (Idėjų lysvė, Association Istorinis miestas, Bendrija Savičiaus 13, Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Social Security and Labour, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, MB Bauland, MB Pirmas Blynas, Asset Management and Economy Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, Ignitis Lithuania, Light Forms, UAB Muzikija, UAB Vilniaus vystymo kompanija, Vilnius city municipality, Vilnius Vytautas Magnus Gymnasium, VšĮ Domus solis, European Humanities University, VšĮ Ramintoja and VšĮ Vilniaus senamiesčio atnaujinimo agentūra). During the creative workshop, four works – strategic projects necessary for the implementation of the Complex were refined and discussed : the establishment of a Holistic Preschool Education Center, the emergence of a Multifunctional Pavilion, the development of a Yard Landscape Renovation Plan and Reconstruction of the Church of St. Virgin Mary of Consolation and the continuity of the activities of the organizations operating in this building during the reconstruction of the church. During the first creative workshop, very important work was done, which is important for further creative workshops – it was agreed to postpone and not consider further projects that require excessive, too complex or insufficient financial resources.

Second creative workshop – “Cultivation”

In the second creative workshop, for a medium-term period of 4-5 y. 32 participants from 15 organizations took part (Bendrystės ir socialinių inovacijų centras, Bendrija Savičiaus 13, Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, MB Bauland, Asset Management and Economy Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, UAB Muzikija, UAB Vilniaus vystymo kompanija, Vilniaus city municipality, European Humanities University, VšĮ Ramintoja and Vilniaus senamiesčio atnaujinimo agentūra). This creative workshop dealt with the strategic projects identified during the first creative workshop: the possibilities of integrating these projects into the overall long-term plan for the implementation of the Complex were considered.

Third creative workshop – “Harvest”

In the third creative workshop, for a long period of 10 y. 25 participants from 15 organizations took part (Bendrystės ir socialinių inovacijų centras, Bendrija Savičiaus 13, Department of Cultural Heritage under the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, MB Bauland, Asset Management and Economy Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, UAB Muzikija, UAB Vilniaus vystymo kompanija, Vilniaus city municipality, European Humanities University, VšĮ Ramintoja and Vilniaus senamiesčio atnaujinimo agentūra). During this creative workshop, the most critical and purposeful areas and objects of the Complex territory were identified, which, with the consent of all participants, should be a priority at the beginning of the Complex implementation work. It is a representative of the area of the churchyard of the Church of St. Virgin Mary of Consolation, private residential area with a pedestrian passage, Augustijonų str. 4 building and the courtyard of the church, the area of the event venue or temporary pavilion, the area of a parking lot and the Bokšto str. 17 building and its courtyard. It has been agreed that the most important task in planning and starting any work is to meet the individual functional needs of each of these areas, but all of them together should be seen as an indivisible whole with subtle transitions and mergers.

Artists’ creative workshop

Representatives of culture and art were also envisaged in the development of the Feasibility Study for the Complex. During the organization of the artists’ creative workshops, representatives of art and culture were invited to get acquainted with the open and closed spaces and premises of the Complex. They were asked to offer functional cultural and artistic interventions. The purpose of such interventions is to contribute to the creation of an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere of the Complex. Creators from different disciplines have developed ideas for artistic interventions to help shape and reveal the identity of the Augustinian complex. At the end of the artists’ creative workshop, the project partners invited all the ideas created during the workshop to be put to a public vote and evaluation. The three artistic ideas of the most experts and votes cast during the voting were selected: “Nature Library” (Gintarė Kapočiūtė, Ignas Kazlauskas, Gaudrė Znutaitė, “Heap” (Kipras Dubauskas) and “Collective Peace” (Indrė Vaičiukaitė).

At the end of the Project, it was planned to prepare an expert summary of the Feasibility Study of the Complex, which would reflect expert insights and integrate the visions presented during all four creative workshops. The feasibility study was prepared by a team of urban planners, architects and landscape experts from MB Bauland. Team members participated in all four creative workshops and observed the dynamics of the ideas presented.

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