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Networks and cities

Why the talk is inspiring?

This lecture looks at the way that networks are shaping cities today. The specific focus of the lecture will be how the financial and real estate industries are reshaping Manhattan in reaction to a global capital flows and telecommunication. This lecture will then provide a context for a brief discussion of the author’s recent work Perkūnas [Thunder], exhibited this past summer at the SMC/CAC in Vilnius.

The talk will be held in English and will take place on November 18 in the National Gallery of Art, Konstitucijos ave. 22, Vilnius.

Starts at 20:00. Entrance is free.



Kazys Varnelis

How the speaker is exceptional?

Trained as a historian, Kazys Varnelis ( runs a transdisciplinary design practice that encompasses architecture, urbanism, photography, writing, and exhibitions.

He investigates the impact of technology and networks on architecture and cities and produces interventions that straddle the boundaries of art and architecture. With is a co-founder of AUDC (, a conceptual architecture and media group director of the Network Architecture Lab ( His published books include Blue Monday, Networked Publics, the Infrastructural City, and the Philip Johnson Tapes.


Downtown: Its Rise and Fall, 1880-1950, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001

Robert M. Fogelson

Why the book is worth reading?

Drawing on a wide array of contemporary sources, Robert M. Fogelson brings downtown to life, first as the business district, then as the central business district, and finally as just another business district. His book vividly recreates the long-forgotten battles over subways and skyscrapers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. And it provides a fresh, often startling perspective on elevated highways, parking bans, urban redevelopment, and other controversial issues. This groundbreaking book will be a revelation to scholars, city planners, policymakers, and general readers interested in American cities and American history.”–Jacket.