International Conference on Architecture to the General Public

13 September 2013, Last updated at, 12:33 EET
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The conference on international architecture called “Public Interest in Architecture” hosted by Vilnius City Municipality presented an opportunity to discuss involvement of the public and representation of public interest in developing quality architecture, as well as the role of architecture and architects in social, economic and cultural processes.

According to Valentinas Mazuronis, Minister of Environment, speaking at the opening of the conference, “Architecture presents some of the most important and long-standing outcomes of human cultural activity, reflecting the aesthetic, artistic, social, economic, scientific and political ideological development of human communities”. The Minister as an architect himself observes that people increasingly focus on the quality of environment, moderate use of natural resources, pollution prevention, with the quality requirements of architecture becoming stricter, and architecture now expected to be as environmentally-friendly as possible. Hence, according to the Minister, public campaigning and understanding of architecture in the public will be enhanced to make sure that architecture becomes relevant to all members of the public.

Professionals in the fields of economics, architecture, and politics from the United Kingdom, Belgium, and France, including Ewa Westermark, partner of Danish architecture office Gehl Architects, Wouter Vanstiphout, founder of Crimson architectural historians, Ole Bouman, architecture historian, former director of the Dutch Institute of Architecture, etc. have come to share their insights on the position of architecture in the globalised context, and the outlook for its regulation and quality improvement in Europe.

Some of the most successful examples of environmental improvement in view of public interest, as well as co-operation models for architects, general public, other professionals, business and public authorities, will be given by guests from Estonia, Slovenia, the Netherlands and naturally Lithuanian architects, hosting the event. Members of the conference were introduced to the framework of the Lithuanian policy of architecture 2014-2020, drafted on the initiative of the Lithuanian Union of Architects, with the support of the Ministry of Environment.

Once sessions in Vilnius close, members of the conference will go to Kaunas, where the Žalgiris Arena will be used for the exhibition of works awarded the prestigious prize of European Architecture, Mies van der Rohe. On Saturday the Lithuanian Union of Architects will host the General Assembly of the European Forum for Architectural Policies (EFAP).

The conference is part of official events on the occasion of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. This event, under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, was organised by the Lithuanian Union of Architects and the European Forum for Architectural Policies (EFAP).
 

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