East-East 5 – Lithuanian and Japanese Architecture Project “Recovery”: Architect Gintaras Balčytis will curate the project.

The “East-East” architectural project, which is open to the public, has laid the foundations for exchanges and professional fellowship between Lithuanian and Japanese architects – it includes lectures, exhibitions, discussions, and workshops for students. Lithuania is the only country in the European Union with such a high level of long-term cooperation with Japan in the field of architecture. “East-East 5” perfectly reflects the international dimension of the Kaunas-European Capital of Culture2022 and Kaunas Architecture Festival KAFe2022 and the idea of commemorating the 100th anniversary of bilateral relations between Lithuania and Japan. 

It is therefore no coincidence that the architecture Forum of the KAFe2022 Lithuanian-Japanese event “East-East 5” will feature the main theme “Recovery”, the exhibition theme “Recipe for Recovery” and the students’ workshop theme “Playground for Recovery”.

Curators general: Gintaras Balčytis, George Kunihiro
Director of Japanese delegation: Osamu Nishida 
Curators for exhibition: Paulius Vaitiekūnas, Shinichi Kawakatsu
Curators for the Architecture forum: Andrius Ropolas, Yoshimura Yasutaka
Curator for students’ creative workshop: Kei Kaiho, Martynas Marozas
Curator for catalog:  Jautra Bernotaitė
Coordinators: Laura Baltkojytė, Yumi Zoraku
Design: Eglė Simonavičiūtė

East-East 5 – Lithuanian and Japanese Architecture Exhibition “Recipe for Recovery”

Human power and activity changed our natural landscapes and ecosystems, repurposed vast areas of land yet transformed the global climate. Throughout the centuries architects had the power of a Vision. What is needed now, is a vision for renewal and recovery.

Continuing the 20-year tradition of architecture cooperation between Lithuania and Japan and the East-East Project, Exhibition “Recipe for Recovery” presents 40 works by architects and architecture studios from Japan and Lithuania.

The Exhibition aims to present the architect’s techniques and philosophy as a “Recipe for Recovery” and the architectural process of the best Japanese and Lithuanian architects. Through the models, plans, sections, details, hand drawings, elevations, diagrams, axonometric views etc. architects demonstrate how their projects came to be.

foto: Linas Žemgulis

Exhibition located in Central Post Office, Laisvės al. 102., Kaunas. Opening event: September 23, 2022

Curators of the Exhibition: Paulius Vaitiekūnas, Shinichi Kawakatsu



Yasutaka Yoshimura / Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects;  Suzuko Yamada / Suzuko Yamada Architects;  Eri Tsugawa / Altemy;  Miho Tominaga / Tomito Architecture;   Shingo Masuda;  Kenichi Teramoto / Office of Teramoto;  Fuminori Nousaku / Fuminori Nousaku; Architects Kozo Kadowaki 


Audrius Ambrasas Architects; Do Architects; Gintaras Balčytis; A2SM Architects; Aketuri Architects; G. Natkevičius & Partners; Palekas Architects Studio + Architecture Studio Plasma; Office de Architectura; Processoffice; Vilnius Architecture Studio; Arches; Šarūnas Kiaunė Studio; Archinova + PLH Arkitekter; Nebrau; Urban Line; LG Projects & Gal Architects 


foto: Gintaras Česonis
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