Spaudos, radijo ir televizijos rėmimo fondas


The first event was held between July 30 and August 1, 2002, in Kaunas, at Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery. The Japanese delegation was led by the 1993 Pritzker Prize  winner Fumihiko Maki, and included seven leading Japanese architects Taro Ashihara,Chiaki Arai, Tetsuo Furuichi, George Kunihiro, Koh Kitayama, Hidetoshi Ohnoand, Kengo Kuma.


The keynote presentation by Fumihiko Maki who was awarded with the honorary membership of the Architects Association of Lithuania, aroused considerable public interest. On behalf of the host side, Linas Tuleikis, Chairman of the Kaunas Section of the Architects Association of Lithuania, gave a lecture on the contemporary Lithuanian architecture.


Joint exhibition of works by the Lithuanian and Japanese architects kicked off at the very outset of the event. It was honoured by the very presence of Valdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania.


A public seminar was held on July 30–31. It was divided into the following five sessions:
New program, New building type, New order, New material, East meets East.
A broad and interesting discussion on the above topics evolved. The Japanese architects presented their ideas featuring their own practical applications, while their Lithuanian counterparts were more concerned with theoretical generalization.


Students workshop
The workshop was held between July 27 and August 1 at Kaunas Art Institute of Vilnius Academy of Arts, dealing with the acute issue which Kaunas is facing in relation to adjacent rivers. During the Soviet period of the Lithuanian history, rapidly developing industry in Kaunas city left a significant trace in its urban fabric. After the restoration of independence, most of the bigger industrial plants built on the bank of Nemunas river were closed. The workshop groups were given the task to find effective points and propose a unique architectural concept which would facilitate the return of picturesque but desolated riverside areas back to the city.
A group of 17 Japanese and 19 Lithuanian students were split into 6 mixed teams.


The students represented the following higher institutions:
in Japan – Tokyo University of the Arts, Yokohama National University, Nihon University, University of Tokyo, Kokushikan University, Chiba Institute of Technology and Tokyo University of Science
in Lithuania – Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Kaunas Art Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.