Wednesday / March 21, 2018 / 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

2017 Roche Travel Scholar: SODAS: A Memoir of Lithuania's Collective Gardening Communities

AIA Chicago, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Ste. 250

The AIA Chicago Foundation presents the 2017 Roche Travel Scholarship winner, Ruta Misiunas, who will discuss the documentation of gardening communities in Lithuania.

"You're about three decades too late, hun," said the secretary at the Panevezys city archive. "We piled all those Soviet documents in a wheelbarrow, took them out back, and burned them. Don't forget; it was a revolution."  

SODAS: A Memoir begins to piece together the dissipating history of Lithuania's gardening communities. In Lithuanian, collective gardening communities are simply called, "Sodas."  Since gaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, Lithuania's government has neglected to recognize the communities as essential parts of their cities and their existence as a significant factor in Lithuania's history and culture. Without any regulation, this oversight has led to haphazard conditions as the communities transition into modern developments. Through a compiled record of historical documentation, personal stories, and future proposals, this project hopes to promote interest in the gardening communities' preservation for future generations.

Although Ruta immigrated to the US at the age of three, she spent every summer growing up back in Lithuania at her grandparents' community garden. The influence of the summers spent at the gardens is prominent in her colorful, patterned work. Ruta recently graduated from UIC School of Architecture. Refreshments at 5:30pm, program at 6:00 pm.

Learn how to apply for the 2018 Scholarship. Deadline is April 6.


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