Sigita Simona PapIauskaite
I see landscape architecture practice as a chance to sensitize and improve our culture of sharing urban and natural environments. The essential focus of my work lies in the marriage of different disciplines aimed at helping to mitigate environmental risks and increase life quality in cities. I believe that the boundaries of spatial design can and should be expanded through encouraged collaborations between architects, real estate developers, politicians, citizens, artists, scientists, and other actors aspiring to create healthy inspiring spaces.
urban furniture, landscape architecture
Contemporary cities face unprecedented pressure to rethink the ways they operate, especially those that have a large percentage of the Soviet-style building stock lacking public amenities that would draw community members together. Fabian’s Living Room, a new sculptural outdoor space located in one of the sleeping districts of Vilnius creates a new welcoming and sustainable social context for neighbourhood meetings around the public grills and other urban furniture made out of reused stone.
After our project team spotted a disused sporting lot near the residential houses on Stanevicius street in Fabijoniskes, we learned that it was never used and that there are no plans for the City to repurpose it. Several discussions with the local authorities and the inhabitants led to choosing this location to make it environmentally and community friendly for everybody. The context of the pandemic shed new light on the project since qualitative outdoor spaces became key to our physical and mental well-being.
A new outdoor space, Fabian’s Living Room, suggests alternative means to gather around the fire and food-making culture - the daily components linked to well-being and care.
Project team - Sigita Simona Paplauskaitė (LT/BE), Justė Kostikovaitė (LT), Bert Jacobs (BE), Daumantas Kučas (LT)
Graphic design - Rokas Sutkaitis
Photography - Vilnius Municipality, Lukas Mykolaitis
Video - Vytautas Tinteris
Performing artists -
Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė (LT/BE), Jolita Pabludo (LT/BE), Dave Says (LT/BE)
Thanks to -
Vilnius Municipality, Lithuanian council for culture, Smoke dudes, Kuro aparatura