We are an interdisciplinary platform for urban research,
Our mission is to promote and support participatory urban culture
We facilitate inclusive cultural development of the neighbourhoods and regions
Active as a group since 2oo7, active as an NGO since 2oo9.
Most of our initiatives are long-term. This commitment allows to achieve sustainable positive social effects and build strong local, regional and international networks. We know for sure that placemaking, participatory development, and place management are not one-time actions; they require many years to sustain. Our main challenge is a deep emotional attachment to the places where we have been working for years.
Soap bubbles event is arranged in the public spaces every second Monday during warm season. Our simple scenario for revitalisation of public space brought together more than 32 cities and towns around the world. It also was instrumental in bringing Lithuanian communities together to the public space in the Nordic countries and the UK, creating informal places for joy for everyone who wanted to join. Tested in 2008, and officially started in 2009.
We picked this wooden neighbourhood for study and placemaking initiatives as a challenge because we were fascinated by its unique, multilayered history and village-like atmosphere. At the same time, it was a neglected area with a strong negative image supported by mass media. Together with Šnipiškės inhabitants, we succeeded in revitalising public spaces, creating cultural routes and helping the local community to grow. Started in 2012, ongoing.
The annual forum, accompanied by hands-on workshops and round tables, brings together urban practitioners, city planners, architects, cultural and social workers, and communities leaders from the Baltic Sea Region and beyond for mutual learning. Co-urbanism is a learning platform in the heart of which are inclusive city development and placemaking. Started in 2014 in Vilnius and Minsk, ongoing.
As cultural innovators, we develop all kinds of engaging formats, that serve miltiply purpuses:
– they are methods for better understanding the potential of the places and theirs social dynamics;
– they are communication tools fostering new networks of trust in public spaces and in the neighbourhoods;
– they are learning methods that engage various groups;
– they are creative scenarios that make places vibrant :)
Fields of Expertise and Services
When analyzing the use and potential of urban spaces, we utilize artistic and co-design methods to gain a deeper understanding of the place.
We employ community art processes to discover the potential of the area and to promote the development of trust networks among the users of the space. We encourage local people to try out various usage scenarios and co-design the urban space. We believe that the research process should contribute to the enhancement of the places and to the social environment - this is the primary principle upon which Laimikis activities are founded. That's why our toolbox is growing - we love developing and testing new artistic solutions for the public spaces and neighbourhoods.
We took part in collective exhibitions, biennales and triennales in Berlin, Paris, Gdansk, Shenzhen, Riga, and Vilnius.
We develop and launch games and cultural routes in urban and rural environments.
New routes and connections between places are capable of creating new image of the area. Spatial games are a powerful tool to redefine how people use and perceive places. City games can be a useful tool for directing and organizing large crowds during mega-event. While developing creative solutions, we identify and draw upon the local cultural and natural potencial. We enjoy cooperating with local people and learning from local knowledge!
We have developed cultural routes and urban games for UNESCO sites, and neglected areas, Romania's Centenary, and Kaunas 2022 opening.
We have over 20 years of experience in formal and informal education. We run hands-on workshops in participatory planning, urban ethnography, co-design, games design, and urban arts. We also guide schools in Urban Studies.
As lecturers and consultants, we navigate the topics of green cities and circular skills, place identity and its creative communication, cultural planning, participatory development, revitalisation of the neighbourhoods and public spaces, and many more. Our audiences are children, youngsters, adults and mixed groups.
We enjoyed running courses and workshops in Alba Iulia, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Belgrade, Berlin, Espoo, Kaunas, London, Lviv, Marseille, Minsk, Pula, Riga, Stirling, St.Petersburg, Šiauliai, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Utena, etc.
Our focus, in partnership with European institutions and organisations, is on citizen-driven cultural development of urban and rural areas. As urban practitioners, researchers and educators, we explore the role of cultural innovations, arts and non-formal education in fostering the local communities, revitalizing neglected places and contributing to the societal resilience.