Toolbox for neighbourhood development
A set of tools and methods for inclusive cultural regeneration was developed for the historical Šnipiškės neighbourhood (Vilnius) and launched in cooperation with its residents in 2o12-2o15. This placemaking toolbox aims at developing and strengthening local solidarity network through cooperative actions in public space. Our main principle is to bring people together by activating public spaces in the neighbourhood and launching communication platforms in public spaces. 

Design: Tomas Umbrasas
Toolbox developed by: urban co-design group (Jekaterina L. + Julius N.) with a support of Šnipiškės residents and the local eldership, 2o12-2o15
Seeking to re-examine a traditional stereotype of the Šnipiškės neighbourhood as of a slum, a visual identity was developed. An unique architecture contrast between the inhabited wooden houses of 19th century and modern skyscrapers is a core idea of the logo. It is supported by the idea of the neighbourship and recreational values of the neighbourhood. It embraces visual communication of the growing activities in the neighbourhood. 
Notice boards in the neighbourhood's hotsports were arranged (in one case - renewed) alongside with facebook group for the Šnipiškės residents. Despite anotice board as a tool is very simple, in many neighbourhoods they are either missing or installed in inactive sports. Also a link between offline and online communication is one of the main principles urban group uses in developing local urban networks since 2009. While in the beginning it needs administration, mow the content is fully run by the residents. More:
Street mosaic workshops is an open initiative supported by people of the neighbourhood, who donate ceramic tiles and take part in creating collective mosaic art works. In just a month, two streets of Šnipiškės were touched by mosaics, creating Mosaic Route in the neighbourhood. It is not by chance Street mosaic workshop was set here: Šnipiškės neighbourhood was well-known for its ceramic tiles workshops in 17th and 18th centuries. 
Tin garages was a part of soviet cityscape. In Šnipiškės garage subculture was developed in previous times. With a permission of the garage owners Street art gallery initiative was launched. By inviting street artists from Lithuanian cities to reflect upon the specific topics and issues of the neighbourhood, it was sought to create new points of attraction in the neighbourhoods.
Unique architectural contrast, traditional lifestyle and rich historical background of the neighbourhood are worth exploring under the guidance of local residents or Laimikis team members. Each resident gains specific knowledge about the neighbourhood. Informal and educational guided tours are run through the year for small groups of visitors in Lithuanian, English and Russian languages. 
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Urban game and alternative guide for the neighbourhoods "Urbingo" was developed by urban co-design group (c) seeking to encourage the interest in the treasures and history of the neighbourhood. 

Typographic placemaking set was produced as a multifunctional urban furniture. Used for community gatherings and kids games, it also serves as a landmark. 
Informal neighbours gatherings help to develop a public space in the neighbourhood and to expant a network of local contacts. Now the initiative of neighbours gatherings is fully run by the local residents.  
Color splash is a collective painting, based on the techniques of abstract expressionism. By arranging this activity in public space we treat every participant as an artist or as a critic, asking passers-by to comment on the result. This method is addressed primarily to the youngsters, who has become active co-authors of many of Laimikis activities in the neighbourhood. 
A tetris-like urban furniture set is adaptive to the needs of different neighbourhoods. 
Designed in cooperation with makers space Padirbtuvės and arranged with a great help of the local residents.

Toolbox for neighbourhood development

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Toolbox for neighbourhood development

A set of tools and methods for neighbourhoods' regeneration. Developed and launched with a great help of local residents in 2o12-2o15.