Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 8, No 1 (2016)

Idea of Collective Gardening and its Materialisation in Lithuania

Matas Šiupšinskas (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Indrė Saladžinskaitė (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)
Rugilė Žadeikytė (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)


The idea of a collective garden and its effect to Lithuanian built environment is described in the article. Collective gardens in Soviet times became an area to compensate the suppressed need for private property and also it was the place for informal, even corrupt practices. After the shift towards new political system collective gardens are facing intense transformation and it continues to be the “grey zone” where informal practices flourish. The presumption made in the article is that the appearance of collective gardens in Lithuania was heavily influenced by the cultural and economic reality of the Soviet Union. These conditions were crucial for formation of specific living environment in which informal urbanism appears.

Article in: Lithuanian

Article published: 2016-04-28

Keyword(s): collective gardens; allotment gardening; urban history; utopia; post-Soviet urban transformation; informal economy; informal urbanism; dacha.

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2016.878

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