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Šnipiškės: tools for neighbourhoods regeneration | Šnipiškių kaimynijos gaivinimas

18 November 2013 7 komentarai(-ų)

Autorius: Jekaterina Lavrinec

In 2012 Laimikis.lt team moved to the wooden neighbourhood of Šnipiškės, the area, which faces rapid redevelopment pressure. After eresearch on the potential of the public spaces in the neighbourhood and the existing social connections, in the end of April 2013 we started series co-design initiatives in cooperation with local residents and invited artists, and with participation of local administration (eldership). The goal was threefold:
– to develop public spaces in coop with the locals;
– to develop a local network of trust and mutual help;
– to reconfigure the negative image of the neighbourhood, present in the media.

Regenerating public spaces and encouraging participatory processes, activities:
• Our team studied everyday routes of local residents and visitors and identified the hot-spots for communication spots.
Empty plots in the neighbourhood were mapped, their status and potential to become a public space was examined.
• Together with the residents periodical neighbours’ picnics were launched in May 2013, revitalising one of the underused fields in the neighbourhood and forming the tradition of collective gatherings. A series of art event in public space was run.
• We explored stories and associations, connected to this neighbourhood to crystallize a visual identity of the neighbourhood (used in public communication). The central concept for visual identity for it became a connection between wooden houses (the idea of neighbouring) and architectural contrast between skyscrapers and wooden architecture as a part of the identity of the place.
Communication tools, both offline and online were launched: Several notice-boards (serve as a place for playful written interaction and meeting points) and facebook group “Šnipiškiečiai” for discussions on improvements of the neighbourhood. In 2016 it was recognized as the most active community fb page in Vilnius.

Street Mosaic Workshop was launched: it’s an open initiative to celebrate the history of the neighbourhood that was well-known for its ceramic workshops in 17th century. Ceramic tiles donated by locals. In a couple of months the initiative turned into a mosaic route, which “opened up” the neighbourhood for the visitors.
Alternative tours to Šnipiškės are arranged every second week, seeking to promote the neighbourhood and to transform the image of “the closed” criminal neighbourhood into a open and welcoming place.
Street art gallery was launched in Šnipiškės in June 2013. It’s an open-air gallery, dedicated to Lithuanian street art scene, and it’s the very first street art gallery of this kind in Lithuania, which hopefully will bring together street artists from various Lithuanian cities to Šnipiškės. Two street artists have already taken part in it: Darius (Telšiai) & Vytas (Vilnius).
Typographic multifunctional urban furniture (“Urban letters: Šnipiškės”), which servers both as alternative playgound, as a tool for  placemaking and as a recognizable place sign. It was also used as an awareness raising art intervention. More info: Typographic placemaking set.
A game for accumulating local stories and documenting and communicating the material culture of the neighbourhood was developed, patented and launched: Urbingo. Video.
Open code urban furniture was co-designed with the residents and with a support of ECF in 2015: Video of the workshops.
Šnipiškės presented at Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture 2017/2018, at the main venue: Urban Patchwork.

The documentation of the most of the activities in the neighbourhood can be found at Šnipiškiečiai facebook group [photo albums] & Behance: Laimikis.

These objects and activities were developed as a toolbox of neighborhood revitalisation and formats of community participation. This toolbox is based on Laimikis.lt 6 years experience of working on revitalisation/reanimation of public spaces.

LT: Nuo 2o12 Laimikis.lt komanda bazuojasi prie pat medinių Šnipiškių ribos. Po tyrimo, skirto viešųjų erdvių naudojimui ir socialinių ryšių funkcionavimui, 2o13 m. vėlyvą pavasarį, padedant šnipiškiečiams, startavome su eile veiklų skirtų medinių Šnipiškių gaivinimui.

7 komentarai(ų) | comments »

  • monika_s sako (said):

    man labai patiko šios jūsų raidės. nors ir didelės, bet jaukios. ar galvojote jas palikti mieste visam laikui?

  • Karol sako (said):

    Hey, I’m glad to meet you at the conference, and I’m glad to learn more about your work from this site! It’s an excellent example of community work and participatory art. Let’s keep in touch.

  • SPEIS sako (said):

    Very sufficient approach. Research + sustainable community initiatives + small architecture + open air events is a very strong combination. I would like to explore your methods. Please write me back.


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  • tomas sako (said):

    Laimiki, palieku savo kontaktą, dėkui už praktines įžvalgas Stokholme! Apsižvalgiau, daug nuveikėte. Palaikome ryšį ;)

  • Sparti sako (said):

    Įdomu, ačiū už idėjas.

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