Baltic Pavilion, Venice 2016

(image grabbed from the Estonian call out 2018)


We were fortunate to meet some of the curators of the Baltic Pavilion in Venice in November, 2016 on a trip with UCA Canterbury School of Architecture Year 2 students: Clinton Olajide, Jacob Williams +1 (sorry!) with Studio Tutor Rhys Jones. A real pleasure to be able to chance upon them in the Palasport, Arsenale. Karlis Berzins + several other curators had just arrived and took some time out to speak briefly with us. An awe inspiring collection of infrastructure, ideas, history, maps, diagrams and artefacts to be viewed while the girl's basketball team prepared for practice in the arena, a working sports hall.

Much better descriptions can be found in this range of links:

http://www.archdaily.com/789829/inside-the-baltic-pavilion-at-the-2016-venice-biennale
http://calvertjournal.com/articles/show/6429/venice-biennale-architecture-palatial-communism-warsaw-murawski
http://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/five-best-newcomers-at-venice-biennale-of-architecture-2016
http://arterritory.com/en/texts/interviews/5622-architecture_as_an_agent/
http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/01/baltic-states-pavilion-estonia-latvia-lithuania-venice-architecture-biennale-2016-post-soviet-infrastructure/
http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/01/top-10-pavilions-venice-architecture-biennale-2016-reporting-from-the-front/
http://www.jornalarquitectos.pt/en/forum/cronicas/reporting-from-the-eastern-borders

Karlis kindly introduced us by way of emails to several other curators, Jonas Zukauskas, Niklavs Paegle, Ona Lozuraityte to initially give a talk at our Multistorey lecture series in Canterbury. We have thickly pencilled in- with a 2b pencil for Jonas to speak on the 12th Oct, 2017 with MArch student Daniel Stilwell curating these talks. Further details to follow....

LT Ranch Summer Session 2017



Places are limited, please get in touch with interest or questions the above email or
kkotov@ucreative.ac.uk

Roof House 'Shed' update Feb 2017

A light dusting of snow covered the Roof House preceded by a drop in temperatures and rain, preceded by 2 weeks of -25C temperatures. We had been able to temporarily cover the central segment of the Roof house before Christmas, re-used the roof covers- recovered from Barn 2b (its outer sheath). We all breathed a sigh of relief. The old timber standing exposed during the fall rains and snow are now having a chance to dry before we can consider re-engaging with inching towards completing the structure and saving the piles of material surrounding it. As a couple weeks ago, its looking good. The ground below is resolving to not receiving direct sunlight for the immediate to middle futures.
We can get on with developing drawings and details as the winter thaws from this central bay, designed in situ last summer with UCA Canterbury School of Architecture Part 1 graduates Declan Ralph, Richard Ford, Faezeh Fathi.





View from the 'workshop' central bay towards the Barn 2 b outdoor piazza.

The Lithuanian Folk and Domestic Museum, Rumšiškės visits Stučiai

We missed mentioning a momentous occasion that occurred in April 2016. Our much cherished Barn 2 b advisor, Rasa Berta, had organised a conference with the the help of her colleague Gita Sapranauskaite and other collaborators (listed on the page spread), to include Stučių hamlet as a fieldwork stop off for the Lietuvos Liaudies ir Buities Muzejiaus conference organised for visiting both public and private vernacular elements.
Since beginning a dialogue in 2011 by way of researching our project, Rasa has been a staunch advocate of our rather ad hoc, analogue, yet in some moments highly digital processes deployed during the Barn 2 b project. 
By April 2016 we had completed the shingled roof, and were monitoring the Barn during its first winter in its new location.

As the crow flies over Stučių hamlet, news spread and the klėtis, across the road from the Ranch also was in need of an appraisal of its integrity and maintenance as a historic vernacular element of the hamlet's history. As a result, the yellow house homestead, across from the Ranch became part of the conference tour as well. Two elements in one hamlet - we were pretty chuffed.

Arrangements were made, coaches booked, kibinai (a controversial yet ultimately delicious little bun similar to the Cornish pastry) and warm soup arrived, courtesy of Rasa and colleagues, alongside about 30-35 conference participants in a coach to the hamlet. A population explosion - even if temporary.

First Chris's introduced their klėtis to assess, measure and survey, then we moved to the Barn 2 b.
An exchange of storeys, knowledge and approaches about our various buildings and histories ensued.
Hopefully it was useful for all.
A sincere thank you to all who made this event possible.



Summer Session 2016 catalogue has arrived

The first 30 copies have arrived! This is the participant compiled catalogue from the Summer Session 2016, with an introduction by the Lumberjack Bard, Daniel Stilwell. Copies can be purchased via the publisher, or by emailing us at LTRanchSpace@k-d-k.eu (please copy paste). Proceeds purchased directly from us will help support the Ranch organisation, especially this year, the Stoginė project. Enjoy!

the Folded Landscape for a Suitcase

Over the years several versions of topographical models, layered paper and digital have been made. Finally this summer, shortly before the Summer Session began one such model began to be assembled. We brainstormed one afternoon, knowing that we would need it to fit in a suitcase and be adjustable for processes ongoing at the Ranch.

The Folded Landscape for a Suitcase was born.

Found ply was measured, 2d and Rhino models bounced back and forth, details to fold the site and fit it in my carry on luggage measured. The laser cutter was not so happy cutting this found ply. Much black soot pervaded the workshop and suitcase, but in the end this charring gave a type of tone that fitted the Ranch landscape.

The topographical survey had been commissioned in spring 2010 when the water in the streams are highest. Various changes since 2010 will be sculpted in over the winter months: the new Barn 2b had usurped the smaller Barn 2 in 2014, two wells instead of one, and the felled trees were now a horizontal architecture of mazes (constructed by Yvonne Onah and Jiri Hanzlik during the 2014 Summer Session) & healthy forest growing vertical branches at 90 degrees.

This model will be sanded and sculpted to accept the changes over time, slices taken out and replaced, sanded when larger smoother areas are adjusted. Small caricatures of these changes and existing buildings, materials of these will come found offcuts at the Ranch: copper, willow, wire etc. Thank you to Chris Settle, head technician FABlab, Jordan Whitewood-Neal and Greg Howes, both UCA Canterbury School of Architecture degree students.

'Stoginė' a.k.a the Roof House - has no roof...yet


Excerpts from the Summer Session 2016 catalogue

The Summer Session 2016 catalogue will be exhibited at the UAL Chelsea MA Interior & Spatial Design Show, opening Monday 5th Sept, 5-9pm. The catalogue will be available online and printed soon.
Thank you 2016 Ranchers for your contributions.














new well & eventual manhole cover












In April this year, we had a new well drilled. We had many iteratinos of water ideas, water collections, up until last year, we had 2k litres of water delivered by tractor to the Ranch during the summer sessions, when we ran out, sometimes midnight, sometimes rationing water use to understand the scarcity of water on a global level, its vulnerability and sometimes excesses we use when in the city versus in the rural countryside.
As we planned our project strategies in the spring for the Summer Events, conversations were had, and our LT Ranch Trustee, Chris Butler and Yolanta Gaivenyte-Butler in discussion with Stasys Skliaustis offered to sponsor a new well. Paperwork was done, a company was appointed, and in a matter of a few weekends, a small blue plastic cap above the earth in the landscape was the only trace of a 51m deep, 125mm diameter bore.
The Geological Museum in Vievis is dedicated to minerals, archaeological and geological histories of Lithuania and the surrounding region, including bore samples.

During the 'Stogine' project and subsequent Summer Session 16 we felt suddenly glamorous as water ran out of the tap at a good pace. We filled drinking bottles with water directly from the earth's refrigerator as the taste and quality was clear and pure.
The participants and visitors who had been to the Summer Sessions since its early years, expected to run buckets from the well, check water levels in the 2k tank, or on some occasions get stuck in the shower with a full soapy lather as water ran dry, listen to the pump under the kitchen sink start-up during the night, when pressure dropped. This year we slept in silence. There was a level of nostalgia nonetheless for these moments. The old wells still contain enough water for outdoor hand washing and linked nicely to Gemma La Rocca's 'Washing Hands' project from this summer's session and numerous conversations were ongoing how to engage with these trusting early monitors of the water table.

The idea of a manhole cover, was inspired by a conversation with Colin Priest, to celebrate this nearly invisible source and inscribe a commemorative illustration to cover this outcrop, first for safety but also in the spirit of the Ranch mark this event, signing authors (TAKT- dis-mantling of Barn 2, 2009) and gestures to mark our sponsors and supporters (Barn 2B, 2011-5). We hope to, over the winter months develop ideas for this practical yet decorative thank you plaque.

With heartfelt thanks to this new source of water in the meanwhile.


LTR Summer 2016: the summer session & 'stogine' live project

Our summer activity ended a few days ago. The entwined Summer Session with our archeological 'Stogine' endeavours fused over a wide landscape with milk lines, a shingler's chapel, a local sensory map, remembering smoke at the sauna, a revolving non-sitting bus-stop seat for 2 (a better title to come soon).
We inhabited the new Barn 2b with film evenings, as well as prep and assembly space/workshop.  A small selection of images below.

Thank you to everyone who participated, pitched in to help, cajoled and checked, checked and checked some more: Kristina, Sarah, Declan, Richard, Daniel, Elif, Lucy, Frannie, Yuan, Owain, Stasys, Ken, Fay, Gemma, Jeffrey and not in the photo: Stasys and Antanas.
Couldn't be a summer session without a hotpot it seems...

The catalogue will be launched at UAL Chelsea MA ISD exhibition show: 5th Sept from 5-9pm.