urban furniture, landscape architecture
The Fabijoniskes (Latin faba - bean) district, built just over 35 years ago in the northern part of Vilnius, was a village known for its agricultural activities since the 17th century. Today it is the most densely populated part of the city. The first generations of the residents have grown up, the buildings and public infrastructure have deteriorated considerably, the number of car traffic and parking spaces has increased, most of the old playgrounds have been removed. Despite these challenges, Fabijoniskes, considered one of the safest districts in Vilnius, continues to attract new residents and new development projects. The district's brutal but highly photogenic architecture and green spaces attract filmmakers, modern sightseeing enthusiasts, and those who enjoy walks in the Fabijoniskes Forest, harmoniously connected to the Geomorphological Reserve of Seskine.
According to a recent study on residents' participation in culture and satisfaction with cultural services, a significantly higher proportion of the population participating in cultural activities was recorded in Vilnius County. It also states that those participating in cultural activities are more likely to express positive civic engagement, be more tolerant, help others, and feel creative. However, to what extent does the existing cultural and architectural infrastructure of the Fabijoniskes encourage and inspire its residents to come together, interact and, perhaps, create or articulate the need for cultural and social events? Is the "sleeping area" meant to stay for sleeping only, or can it become attractive for living there?
In response to this lack of communal structures in the public space of Fabijoniskes, we propose to focus more on improving the face-to-face meeting area. For example, despite the active Facebook group "Fabijoniskes," connecting over 20,000 residents, there is little to do for the aging local population except for strolling around the buildings and their courtyards. Inspired by a village that the district was not so long ago, we aim at inventing a new type of "village community" space, where one can cook, picnic, and meet informally. Therefore, we hope that Fabijono Svetaine (eng. Fabian's Living room), a stone sculpture garden and an open-plan living room-kitchen, will become the place where real conversations take place and where food is cooked, shared, and where people feel at ease to relax and share their daily news.
Project team -
Sigita Simona Paplauskaite, Juste Kostikovaite, Bert Jacobs, Daumantas Kucas
Thanks to -
Vilnius Municipality, Lithuanian council for culture, Smoke dudes