I’m so excited about this project! We’ve got seven weeks to design and model a floating city based on Kaunas
not Kansas, Lithuania. I’m starting off this semester with a new team – Jordan Baxter, Samantha Quigley and Rosie Mullen – It’s a great mix and I’m really excited to see what we come up with!
What I have gathered from our brief is that we are designing a floating city for the habitants of Kaunas. If we had lifted everyone out and placed them in their new floating city – what would it look like? How would their culture affect the design? We don’t want to build a replica but the next step in this city’s evolution. Essentially, this floating city should just capture the essence of Kaunas.
So we spent Friday afternoon thinking of all the statistics and data we should research to get a better understanding of Kaunas. Jordan was all for buying plane tickets and having a little reconnaissance mission! We listed everything and then decided to split it amongst ourselves to share out the workload.
My notes and any relevant images I found inspiring (resources linked into notes and photos):
Waterways and typographical features:
- Kaunas reservoir is the Largest Lithuanian artificial lake. Greatest depth of 22m.
- Edges of the reservoir are becoming swampy and attract almost all known species of water birds.
- Air pollution problems exist.
- Lithuania has an abundance of limestone, clay, quartz sand, gypsum sand and dolomite.
- Two major rivers meet in Kanunas; Neris and Nieman. Although Kaunas is a land-locked city I get the feeling that the rivers and proximity to the reservoir is an important part of the city’s personality, so the design should definitely feature water in it somewhere. Possibly mimicking the converging rivers.
- The city covers 15,700 hectares and is divided into 12 elderates:
We could divide the city into twelve sections and give each section a different theme almost. For example; Petrašiūnai has a hydroelectric power plant so we could incorporate large turbines into it’s design, maybe it’s underwater or it’s in the centre of the turbine?
Lithuania is glacially flat (sculpted by glaciers of the last ice age), except for morainic (glacier debris) hills in the western uplands and eastern highlands that are no higher than 300 metres.
Limestone, clay, sand, and gravel are Lithuania’s primary natural resources.
Kaunas has a working mine.
Very close to the geographical midpoint of Europe.
Geographic coordinates: 54°54′24″N 25°19′12″E
Once a heavily forested land, Lithuania’s territory now consists of only 32.8% woodlands—primarily pine, spruce, and birch forests. Ash and oak are very scarce. Rich in berries and mushrooms.
Lithuania has an abundance of limestone, clay, quartz sand, gypsum sand, and dolomite, which are suitable for making high-quality cement, glass, and ceramics. There also is an ample supply of mineral water. Natural resources include peat, arable land and amber.
- Dark Rye bread is a traditional Lithuanian food.
- So is the cold beetroot soup, “Šaltibarščiai“.
Kaunas has a Military Museum of Vytautas the Great.
- Flags of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.
- Uniforms of the LAF.
- The LAF consists of 15570 active personnel.
- Conscription was ended in September 2008 but was reintroduced in 2015 because of concerns about Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.
- Lithuania’s defence system is based on the concept of “total and unconditional defence” mandated by Lithuania’s national National Security Strategy.
- Kaunas holds the headquarters for both the Air Force and Special Ops of the LAF.
- Military statistics.