The poster did say 'maybe someone find it interesting' Well he found
at least one person who's interested, me. I've been recently involved
in chasing some work in Latvia, so this isn't just a passing interest.
This site may be just pie in the sky, but in these ex-Soviet Bloc
countries ya never know. It's a very exciting region to work in these
I'm jealous. My mother was born in Riga. My grandfather on my mother's
side worked as an architect beofre leaving at the outset of WWII.
Even if I couldn't do work there, I'd love to visit. My parents went
last year. Judging from the pictures and what they had to say, Latvia
is a goregous country. Very European feeling, but alot cheaper and
there are virtually no annoying tourists. And Riga is only a 1.5 hour
flight from Frankfurt Germany.
The 'rigaplans' project? I certainly find it interesting even separate
from my own sentimental links to Latvia. It reminds me of the work I
saw at the Rice School of Architecture. Which is not to say it's bad.
On the contrary. As a theoretical and design effort, it certainly has
merit. And it'd be very interesting to see if the municipal government
of Riga adopts any of its ideologies in future planning.
We have one client based out of Tel Aviv that's been re-establishing
connections in these old Soviet-Bloc countries in the last decade.
They have representatives who have roots in these countries who go back
and help them establish offices/projects. We've been seeing projects
pop up in places like Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Croatia, Serbia,
Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Russia. I've been joking in the office
that we should create a 'Coalition of the Willing' Studio since we've
been doing work in most of those countries. ;-)
I haven't had a chance to get to Latvia yet, but I'm hoping it will
happen in the near future. I've heard it's very nice there, but
hopefully I won't have to go in the wintertime. The problem with going
to these countries for a business trip is that the majority of your
site-seeing is done through windows: cabs, hotels, and offices. It
seems like the only time you have to site-see is if you're schedule
allows a weekend stay-over, something which doesn't happen nearly
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