This presentation is focused on a toolbox for regeneration of public spaces in neighbourhoods, which was developed by Laimikis.lt team, while working on the participatory-action research in the wooden neighbourhood of Šnipiškės in Vilnius (Lithuania) in 2012-2013. It also provides an overview of the current situation in the area, which faces an increasing redevelopment pressure.
The wooden Šnipiškės is a multicultural neighbourhood with a rich historical background (wooden architecture of the end of XIX - the beginning of XX cen), unique structure of everyday life, huge recreational potential, and undefined future. A shrinking area of wooden houses lays just next to expanding skyscrapers area.
In 2o12 Laimikis.lt team moved to Šnipiškės, while the activities were initiated in the late April 2013. Our goal was to encourage participatory processes by regenerating empty plots (turning them into public spaces) and by launching collaborative initiatives in the neighbourhood.
The materials were presented in the number of meetings and conferences, including:
• Social Entrepreneurship Forum for Liveable Cities 2013 in Riga, Latvia.
• New Urban Topologies: Baltic Dimension, Färgfabriken meeting 2013, in St.Petersburg, Russia.
• Research seminar "Colloquium Vilnensis: Civil Society? Public Spaces and Memory", Center for German Studies, 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania
• Interdisciplinary international winterschool "Mapping Post-Socialist Urban Spaces in Vilnius: Lazdynai and Šnipiškės", 2014, Vilnius, Lithuania