Exhibition “Re-activate the City” in public spaces in Paupys

On Thursday, July 8th, the exhibition “Re-activate the City” was opened in the public spaces in Paupys, Vilnius. Exhibition features 20 architectural objects from the city of Barcelona, the Walloon-Brussels region and 14 objects from Vilnius. The projects on display are focused on repurposing the existing spaces, reconstructing, and reactivating the city, considering the specificity of each location and its cultural and architectural context.

Exhibition “Re-activate the City” in public spaces in Paupys, Vilnius (photo by G. Šoparaitė)

The structures that were previously used for the exhibition “Homo Absentia”, which was held in the squares of Vilnius' this winter, were loaned by the Lewben Art Foundation for this exhibition.

The discourse of reconstruction and reactivation of urban spaces and buildings reflects the challenges of our times and requires a corresponding approach from architects and society. The renovation and reactivation processes of various objects aim to reuse existing structures and materials, to add vitality and new functions to the existing structures, and to ensure that they meet the needs of communities. Re-using derelict, forgotten buildings is one of the most direct ways of moving towards sustainable development. Moreover, the quality of life in a city depends heavily on the vitality of its buildings and spaces: neglect has a profoundly negative impact on the urban dynamic, preventing the emergence of new ideas and the formation of communities. 

“Re-activate the City” exhibition draws our attention to the increasingly rapid rewiring of the old fabric of the city: materials for creativity, including architectural creativity, often come from what already exists. Even the installations in this exhibition have been reused for the second time: the structures that Lewben Art Foundation had in place for the “Homo Absentia” exhibition were suitable for this show as well. Instead of storing the existing materials and wasting new resources, the structures were put to work – additionally, this allowed to forge valuable strands of collaboration between different institutions.


Organisers: Cities Connection Project, Wallonie-Bruxelles Architectures, Architektūros fondas

With the support of: Lewben Art Foundation, IMPLMNT architects, Faculté d'Architecture La Cambre Horta, Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Institut Ramon Llull


Exhibition “Re-activate the City” will run until July 29th in Paupys district in Vilnius

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