Akee invites bachelor and master students to participate in the project “Local Sauna”, which combines permaculture architecture and creative methods characteristic of contemporary culture. 

Akee is a community initiative that brings together participants in the cultural field and is being developed in the village of Aleknaičiai, in the Pakruojis district, on the territory of a school built between the wars. Its activities aim to enrich the Lithuanian and international cultural discourse related to peri-urban territories and to create opportunities for cultural creators and researchers to implement projects that are sensitive to regional territories and socially sustainable. The village of Aleknaičiai is located on the banks of the Kruoja River, in Northern Lithuania, in a wooded and forested area. The stones, clay, manure, hay and forests found on the cultivated land have long served (and continue to serve) as materials for the construction of buildings and public spaces: locally found stones are still used in the construction of the surrounding settlements, the earthen houses inherited from one generation to the next continue to meet the needs of the local population, the horizon is marked by the remnants of the former mills, and the paths, paved with boulders from the eighteenth century, have survived. Until the second half of the 20th century, when a large part of the rural population began to move to the cities, the local villages were rich in cultural life, and sauna became important community spaces for household rituals and medical needs, playing an important role in the local cultural life.

Today, driven by universally applicable and often culturally devoid spatial design solutions, the construction industry, while quick to build and compliant with safety standards, is unsustainable and resource-wasting, and is creating distinctive scenarios for private and public spaces. Often prioritising the financial return on space and its added value to the economy, contemporary construction often adopts slower but sustainable building strategies typical of traditional architecture. In the context of these different building and space creation strategies, we want to invite students to reflect on the technologies and materials used in traditional architecture to create a permaculture sauna. This structure, created with the help of local farmers, will be presented during the public programme in August and will be adapted in the future for cultural activities and community needs.

During the project students will:

During the project, the organisers and project partners will provide accommodation and travel expenses for the selected developers.

Interested developers are invited to fill in a motivation form up to and including 21 May. If necessary, the project organisers will invite the selected candidates to a video call interview on 24-26 May.