Two spatial installations were built during the two–week–long International Summer School «Instant», organised by Riga Technical University and FOLD  in Cēsis - the Old Brewery.

Participants of Instant Summer School studied small–scale instant architecture — adaptable, diverse and resilient forms that answer to the urgent needs of our day. This year, the construction site of the Summer School was the most iconic industrial building in Cēsis — the Old Brewery, which is slowly starting its transformation into an arts and science centre.

The installations built this year are the largest in the history of the Summer School.

The «Prototype» workshop found inspiration in the memories of engineer Imants Priedītis, who worked at Cēsis Beer Brewery during the Soviet period, as well as the bricolage of built structures at the site. The installation «Archive of Truth and Bluff» is a timber frame that takes the visitor on a journey through the construction history of the brewery towards its possible future. It culminates with a terrace in the clouds that opens a view over the Castle Park. The unit is led by Latvian architects Austris Mailītis and Andra Odumāne, as well as their colleague from Japan, Reiji Kobayashi.

Photo: Kaspars Kursišs

Participants of the «Building Works Unit» have built a 13–metre bridge «Night Train» — a railway with a movable carriage that in four different positions serves various functions and activates the space around it. At one end the bridge is a table that can be used for site meetings, dinners or celebrations, but at the other end — an overhang into the Castle Park. The carriage is a source of sound and light and accentuates one of the symbols of the brewery — the chimney. The workshop is led by Vienna–based Latvian architect Niklāvs Paegle and his colleagues from London: Thomas Randall–Page and Theodore Molloy.

Photo: Kaspars Kursišs

The structures built at the Summer School will be on view from August 20 to September 18 during the International Art Biennale «Jeune Création Européenne». More information on Riga Technical University International Summer School is available on its website and Facebook.

The Summer Schools was supported by: State Education Development Agency, Cesis Municipality, State Culture Capital Foundation, Institute for Environmental Solutions, «Rotho Blaas», «Sarma & Norde», «Ķelmēni». A special thank you to Cēsis Art Festival and Paula Zariņa.


Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning is pleased to invite you to the Conference section Architecture and Urban Planning Riga, October 13-14, 2016.

The Aim of the Conference

To promote discussion on sustainable urban space issue concerning history and theory of architecture, urban planning and spatial development, emphasizing the aspects of up-to-date principles of urban space organization.

Thematic Areas

  • Cultural heritage protection and theory of architecture;
  • Local and global tendencies in Architecture and Urban Planning;
  • Formation aspects of sustainable urban space;
  • Universal Design.

Requirements for Abstracts and Registration

Please e-mail registration form and abstact to: alisakorolova@gmail.com till September 1. Link to download registration form and abstract template:

Registration form

Abstract template

The registration fee is EUR 80 if paid until August 31. After August 31 it will be EUR 100 and if paid on spot on a conference day – EUR 150. The registration fee includes attendance to all sessions, coffee breaks, conference lunch and dinner for one person. 

Registration fee is transferable to the details given below:

Rigas Tehniska universitate
VAT Reg. No. LV-90000068977
Address: Kalku iela 1, Riga LV-1658, Latvia
Bank name: VALSTS KASE
IBAN: LV46TREL915101S000000

Please indicate in the payment details: Architecture - 56th Conference


The conference language is English.


Selected articles of the conference will be published in the peer reviewed Scientific Journal of Riga Technical University Architecture and Urban Planning (ISSN 1691-4333) http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/aup.  Expected year of publication – 2017.

Social events

  • Conference dinner in Old Riga;
  • Riga City Tour (October 14), duration: 2,5 hours, fee – 20 EUR/ person.


The official hotel for the Conference is the 4 star Hotel Islande which is located on the Ķīpsala island in the centre of Riga and 2 minutes walk from the conference venue and 20 minutes walk from Old City.

Please send the booking request to e-mail reservation@islandehotel.lv, indicating the guest's name / surname, arrival / departure dates, desired room category and a reference to the RTU Conference of Architecture

Important dates

September 1

Registration and submission of abstracts.

September 15


Notification of acceptance with a selection for a poster or paper presentation

October 1

Submission of full manuscript

October 13

Section of Architecture and Urban Planning, conference dinner

October 14

 Conference plenary session



Riga Technical University
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Ķipsalas iela 6, Riga LV-1048, Latvia
Alisa Koroļova
e-mail: alisakorolova@gmail.com
phone: +371 26866511