Vilnius collective gardens at international biennales

Can the suburban gardens around Vilnius become sustainable and vibrant settlements?

Can they become a green belt surrounding the city? To what extent are collective gardens relevant to other European cities?

We answered these questions in our research on the collective gardens of Vilnius, called Collective Gardens Revival. Its results were presented at two international architecture biennales: Rotterdam in 2014 and Venice in 2016. The project was selected by the biennale jury as a good and accurate example of the relationship between nature and the contemporary city.

We explored the history of the emergence and spread of collective gardens in Vilnius, their urbanisation and chaotic change during the years of independence, and proposed visions for further development of collective gardens – in order to reintegrate them into the urban and natural structure, to involve garden communities in the process, and to create self-sustaining settlements.

At the biennales, we presented a model of Vilnius gardens, an animation on their issues, proposed strategies, a map of European gardens, and photographs. In Venice, the exhibition was visited and seen by 250,000 people, while in Rotterdam this number was 45,000.