Goda Verikaitė & Aušra Česnauskytė
Neo-futuristic Walks
The Hague, Netherlands
Streets with (new) meaning
Ways of living, ways of sharing
Naturehood – wilder and greener
Image: Johanna Hammer
A series of “walkable” city inspections that shape a community of neo-futurists who collectively re-imagine our urban coexistence.

“Neo-futurists see the cities as huge lively ecosystems where every individual’s well-being is interdependent.” (neo-futurists’ Manifesto)

Neo-futuristic Walks is an ongoing project/movement that gathers a community of neo-futurists to collectively re-imagine our urban coexistence. Through the act of walking, neo-futurists explore the primal bodily experience's role in unfolding new relationships in and with urban environments. They observe their surroundings attentively, and, based on their insights, memories and dreams, they collectively create and live the site-specific speculative urban scenarios.

This project expresses our critical view on current cities' developments into glossy, sterile environments, where the neighbourhoods are more often defined by physical/geographical boundaries rather than the so-called “vibes” or the sense of community. In response to this process, Neo-futuristic Walks focus on uncovering the site-specific character and generating more profound connections between humans and their urban environments, thus embracing a sense of belonging.

Although the neo-futurists community is spread all across Europe, normally, the project lands on the scale of a neighbourhood. Here we start a series of walks and guide experimental city inspections. By employing narrative as a tool to create a reflective distance from everyday lifestyles and stimulate collective imagination, we cherish the unique site's qualities and manifest an attentive take on shaping our cities' futures.

Our creative process has a strong community-building focus. We organise city inspections, urban gleaning workshops and collective dreaming sessions, thus opening a space to meet. The project is continually enriched by feedback and collaborations with professionals from different fields, such as fashion design, graphic design, photography, urban research, anthropology and art. This way, the final results unfold into inspiring and interdisciplinary urban experiences.

The Neo-futuristic Walks project was initiated at the end of 2020 by two spatial designers, Aušra Česnauskytė and Goda Verikaitė. In June 2021, the project as a performative tour was presented at the London Festival of Architecture. In August 2021, a parallel event took place in Vilnius. This year, Neo-futuristic Walks in the format of walkshop will take place in Utrecht (April), Kaunas (April), as a part of the Kaunas European Capital of Culture 2022 program, and possibly in Brussels (June).


Through the series of walks and urban futures speculations, the Neo-futuristic Walks project celebrates our neighbourhoods' ecological, cultural, and social diversity. Its' creative process gathers a new community to "inspect" cities inclusively and see urban misfits, accidents and leftovers as a stirring urban nature and as a rich source of information about cities' inhabitants. By developing events, walkshops, hosting the discussions, neo-futurists invite locals to take a moment to collectively dream about the city futures we really want to welcome and pause from inertial producing, designing and building.

The Neo-futuristic Walks project opens a space for critical thinking, stimulates collective imagination and empowers new collaborative acts in the city. Together, these elements shape an innovative approach to the urban research process, strive for site-sensitive, inclusive and creative urban developments, as well as shapes a medium for the emergence of a new community.

A moment from a city inspection workshops series in Vilnius (Lithuania) in 2021.
City inspection walks have been simultaneously happening in London and Vilnius for four months in a small community of neo-futurists. These months, neo-futurists were gleaning various urban leftovers, sharing site-specific observations, memories, and wishes. Together they could acknowledge global fears and generate collective dreams.

A moment of the event Neo-futuristic Walks: London (UK) in 2021.
Neo-futurists are preparing for a flood in the Nine Elms district.
Neo-futuristic Walks critically reflect on environmental issues and invite participants to speculate on how our everyday life routines could change in order to reduce toxic impacts on nature and everyone's well being.

A moment of the event Neo-futuristic Walks: Vilnius (LT) in 2021.
Neo-futurists are preparing for a drought in the Naujininkai district.
The project draws attention to climate change as one of the most threatening global problems by creating narratives with the notion of very disastrous futures. Consequently, neo-futurists live in constant preparations for floods, droughts, storms, or other disasters that will inevitably hit our cities. The cooperative effort here is embraced.

A moment of the event Neo-futuristic Walks: Vilnius (LT) in 2021.
Neo-futurists are harvesting nettle seeds in the Naujininkai district.
Neo-futurists encourage participants to take a closer look at nature and its properties for city inhabitants. Neo-futurists develop various means of care for the natural environment, such as design tools to bring biodiversity or harvest edible and healing plants.

A moment of the event Neo-futuristic Walks: Vilnius (LT) in 2021.
Neo-futurists are drinking Chaga tea and mingling.
Neo-futurists love to live moments of togetherness that can be celebrated by simple acts of resting, walking, or guiding each other through the known and unknown paths.

Goda Verikaitė & Aušra Česnauskytė

We are a duo of Lithuanian spatial designers based in The Hague, and we started working together a few years ago, after graduating from the Masters of Interior Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague.

Although we both have architectural backgrounds, within our collective practice, we transcend disciplinary boundaries and look for vivid, open and constantly mutating urban research and design processes. By zooming in and out from the globalised urban landscapes to the specific micro-scale accidents, we look at the cities as playgrounds for thought experiments, which later evolves into future narratives. Neo-futuristic Walks project is our first laboratory for blending our individual strengths and creating a medium for cultivating collective design processes.

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