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Riga Port City: Five zines on Design research, Landscape, Structure and Visual impact analysis

Office for Metropolitain Architecture, Inside Outside, ARUP, SIA Grupa 93 and SIA Arhitektūras birojs Forma. and photo: Johan Tali

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

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

Riga’s port is one of the last dockland areas in Europe still waiting to be developed. The rapid growth of Riga means that an overly detailed elaboration of the city environment development may be risky. The plan of Riga Port City is mainly a tool, which does not dictate and does not create a predictable and explicit aggregate of applications. The concept is reminiscent of a guessing game— predicting possible future options.

The objectives of the plan relate to the prediction of what is expected to happen in part of the City of Riga, however the plan does not have to necessarily include the shape, appearance or functions of buildings. It should make one sufficiently convinced about the features of a newly developed element, in order to arouse the interest of the target audience. The main goal is that the plan should simultaneously be indefinite and definite.

The concept should provide for various scenarios, as Latvia, and particularly Riga, is now going through dynamic growth. Long-term economic growth and the preservation of a real estate bubble should be taken into consideration. However, one should also take into account the possibility that the market may become oversaturated, the demand for real estate may stabilize or even decrease.

If the development context is not foreseen, the plan should provide for the system of territory organization basic principles. The area of development in the planning is divided into three bands and make up six different zones.

© SIA “Jaunrīgas attīstības uzņēmums”

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  • Title: Riga Port City: Five zines on Design research, Landscape, Structure and Visual impact analysis
  • Creator: Office for Metropolitain Architecture, Inside Outside, ARUP, SIA Grupa 93 and SIA Arhitektūras birojs Forma., photo: Johan Tali

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