The Summer School Mapping Visaginas: Sources of Urbanity in Post-Industrial Cities brought together students from Germany, Belarus and Lithuania for two weeks of explorations of the future of mono-functional towns. It was composed of a mix of lectures, seminars, excursions and supervised fieldwork with the goal to study the cultural, architectural, nuclear and social realities of Visaginas in the comparative perspective of Lithuania, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Germany.
The idea of the school was that the map format is the best suited to blend artistic and research practices, and to enable a space for the cooperation of students of different professional specializations — from architecture and visual art to geography and social science. In the course of two weeks we have met and interviewed dozens of Visaginas experts from the fields of governance, spatial planning, activism, culture and industry. In addition, we have engaged in the life of the town by interviewing people on the streets and organizing focus group meetings. The four resulting students projects stem from the preliminary analysis of this information and from the assessment of both micro- and macro- constraints on the town’s future.
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