REBUILD the WONDERFUL

Rebuild the Wonderful is an initiative uniting architects, urban planners, and sociologists who aim to change the current environment that programs antihuman values. The goal of the initiative is to promote human-centric transformations of the socialist inheritance and to redesign public buildings and spaces of former socialist states, not by rejecting their existence but by creating new value for people.

Rebuild the Wonderful explores architecture throughout Eastern and Central Europe, as well as the Balkan countries, serving as a platform and voice for positive transformation.

A single window into the kitchen in a Soviet-era kindergarten can change children's behavior, create new connections, and engage them with reality:

Streets, Homes, Educational Institutions

Rebuild the Wonderful focuses on positive transformation in three key areas: revitalizing streets, redesigning homes, and modernizing educational institutions. By addressing these aspects, the initiative aims to create more humane, functional, and inspiring environments for communities.

Soviet architectural propaganda affects us daily

The Soviet Union's occupation brought socialist ideology and a desire to equalize all people to nearly half of Europe. The years of occupation left an undeniable impact on the spatial planning of cities. Most importantly, socialist ideology was implemented in the built environment, shaping people's behavior. The Soviet Union collapsed, but its architectural propaganda remains, continuing to influence a large portion of Europe's population every day.

The initiative born in Lithuania is open to everyone. It already unites various architects, urbanists, politicians and other activists. We are collecting knowledge & insights to change the existing status-quo. We want to improve our daily lives not only in Lithuania and the Baltic States, but also in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

The scope of initiative

The initiative Rebuild the Wonderful focuses on the post-socialist countries, where same standard living conditions were generated. The scope of research includes: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, East Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. In response to today’s war in Ukraine, the Russian Federation and Belarus were excluded from our research scope.