Magenta Festival, European Capital of Culture Kaunas 2022
competition, first prize
Mateusz Adamczyk, Agata Woźniczka, Algimantas Grigas (authors), Krzysztof Kalita (cooperation)
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‘Urban Balconies’ is a project inspired by the notion of tactical urbanism, where important issues of city’s sustainable development are targeted with smart installations in public space. Through-out Europe, the pandemic of COVID-19 started a discussion on necessary changes in urban planning and infrastructural equipment of multi-family housing, expressed by the agenda of ‘balconies for all!’.
That is why for the MAGENTA festival we propose creating those balconies for all by establishing a system of diverse public balconies that meet private needs, but also enrich the public do-main. Urban balconies could be of various shapes and sizes: round, rectangular or square-like ‘standard’ balconies. The urban balconies of grander forms (like opera stairs) would host an urban spectacle, while fun-shaped structures could provide extraordinary experience or Titanic-themed photo opportunities.
The installation with its playful approach would also bring focus onto a Kaunas river-shore as a public space of great potential. Transforming existing concrete-clad infrastructure with smart plug-ins would show the dream of Kaunas to be a resilient and sustainable city of contemporaneity.