At the end of September, Dalia Bardauskienė, Manager of the ROCK project in Vilnius City Municipality, and the Chief Architect of the capital city Mindaugas Pakalnis participated in the workshop “Roadshow and Replication” in Lisbon. They presented the results of the ROCK project implemented by the Municipality and VGTU for the second year now and discussed the key projects carried out in Vilnius with the aim to optimize the use of cultural heritage in a creative and respectful way.
More than 20 representatives from different cities of Europe attended the two-day seminar and workshop for ROCK project participants at the Marvila Library, discussing the possibilities of replicating the methodology in other cities, and visited other important sites in Lisbon.
According to Dalia Bardauskienė, urban planning should be more closely related to culture, and people working with culture should understand urban planning, asking themselves whose values they represent.
Vilnius ROCK project promoters are convinced that public engagement in urban planning is possible not only through traditional means, but also through the use of the latest technologies, such as those created within the framework of this project. One emotion meter created by the Vilnius ROCK working group has already been set up at the Marvila Library in Lisbon.
“We should bear one other important thing in mind – political support is also necessary in order to obtain fruitful work results. We, Vilnius ROCK project promoters, have received such support, and the project is being further developed, creating the methodology for calculating the happiness index of residents of Vilnius, expanding the network of sensors at various locations of the capital and planning further steps”, Advisor to the Mayor Dalia Bardauskienė said.
The neuroanalysis system created in the course of the ROCK project (Optimizing the Use of Cultural Heritage in Creative Cities of Knowledge) implemented under the HORIZON 2020 programme has the potential of becoming one of the most innovative tools for planning and assessing public spaces of the city in the future.