Thu, 31 October 2013, 19:00, free entry
The transformation from an industrial to a services economy has had a major influence on the urban development of European metropolises over recent decades. Riga has also had to come to terms with the Soviet period and Russian domination in its urban planning. Problems such as out-migration from the inner city and the number of newly constructed offices now standing empty have brought up an array of questions, including that of whether existing architecture and its restructuring should play a greater role when it comes to new office and residential spaces. Similarities and differences between urban planning processes in Eastern and Western Europe over the last 20 years will also be discussed. This event is taking place as part of the EUROPEAN CULTURAL DAYS of the ECB – Latvia 2013.
Professor Krzysztof Nawratek, Plymouth University
Professor Vanessa M. Carlow, TU Braunschweig
Janis Dripe, Architect/Senior Adviser to the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Latvia
Professor Jörg J. Kühn, Brandenburg University of Technology
Oskars Redbergs, Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration (RISEBA), Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design