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A Patchwork of Ownership / Purvciems, Riga

Robert Martin, Jakob Hybel & Caroline Richardt Beck and photo: Ansis Starks

Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) - Biennale Architettura 2016

Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) - Biennale Architettura 2016

Latvia has undergone an array of regime changes. During Soviet rule, all privately owned land was appropriated, and mass-produced housing districts were built without regard to previous ownership conditions. After the collapse of the USSR, original land ownership was restored through an ill-considered process of privatization.

In Riga, this patchwork of entangled ownership has now resulted in a standoff between plot owners and residents, which has left the municipality no choice other than to ban all development. To untie this knot, there is a need for the architect to enter into the role of a mediator, aligning these often opposing interests.

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  • Title: A Patchwork of Ownership / Purvciems, Riga
  • Creator: Robert Martin, Jakob Hybel & Caroline Richardt Beck, photo: Ansis Starks

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