If you are interested in architecture and urban design you are welcome to join the international summer school «Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design. Riga: Islands in the Stream» taking place in Riga from July 26 to August 5, 2017 organized by the Faculty of Architecture of RTU. 

In 2014 Faculty of Architecture of Riga Technical University started participation in the series of Summer Schools The
Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design initiated by Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. 

Within this initiative the following Summer Schools have been held in different cities with the following focuses on:
2014 – Amsterdam. Old Ambitions, New Conditions
2015 – Istanbul. Living Together
2016 – Porto. Between Social and Design Concept

This year it is Riga’s turn to host the Summer School with the focus on:
2017 – Riga. Islands in the Stream: Bridging Neighbourhoods.

System of water areas, over a long period being evolved by both human and natural forces, is one of the cornerstones of the distinct spatial structure of Riga. As defined in the city strategy up the year of 2030, Riga is becoming a city with developed high-quality natural areas, friendly green structures and accessible water areas and waterfronts to preserve ecological diversity and provide recreational availability for inhabitants and guests of the city.

Water areas is one of the most valuable natural resources in the city occupying in general about 16% of the overall territory of Riga. River Daugava as the main water area together with lakes and smaller watercourses substantially affect the city development and its spatial structure. Direct access to the sea and good connections for centuries ensured the development of Riga port and promoted the economic growth of the city. On the other hand, the specific natural conditions, regular floods and unpredictable changes of the river flow has created ecological diversity of the water areas.

Water areas have significantly been affected by the city development in the previous ages, and this still is an ongoing process. Water spaces are significant parts of the territory of Riga having functional, aesthetic
and economic potential. Previously widely used for commercial and recreational needs, it is currently not used to its full extent. Observing the growing interest of public in diverse usage of water areas and waterfronts for both active and passive recreational needs as well as for redeveloping transportation connections, the prerequisites of usage of water areas in better functional and spatial integration in the Riga city life is the field of the current studies.

River Daugava together with the adjacent water areas have played significant role in the formation of the nearby neighbourhoods and their spatial identity. Being wide and not-easy-to-cross water-body till the recent decades it has been more dividing than connecting element of the city. Dependant on seasonality the changing scenery and ways of usage of the river has affected the nearby life. Within The Big Reset on Neighbourhood Design Summer School four case study areas will be thoroughly examined to propose the best ways of using water areas and nearby territories for connecting different parts of the city and creating place and space for diverse public activities.


Faculty of Architecture is pleased to invite colleagues from all over the world to the Riga Technical University 58th International Scientific Conference section Architecture and Urban Planning Riga, October 13-14, 2017.

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.

Requirements for Abstracts and Registration

Please fill in registration form and e-mail abstract to: alisakorolova@gmail.com till June 22.

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 street 1, Riga LV-1658, Latvia
Bank name: VALSTS KASE

IBAN: LV46TREL915101S000000

Please indicate in the payment details: Architecture – 58th 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). Expected year of publication – 2017/2018.

Conference Venue

The Conference will take place at the building of Faculty of Architecture, Kipsalas street 6, Riga.

Social events

  • Conference dinner (October 13);
  • 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.

Please send the booking request until September 1 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. Prices: single room 38 EUR per night; double room 40 EUR per night (including breakfast, Wi-Fi, car parking).

Important dates:

June 22

Registration and submission of abstracts

July 7

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

September 15

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
Kipsalas iela 6, Riga LV-1048, Latvia
Alisa Koroļova
e-mail: alisakorolova@gmail.com
phone: +371 26866511


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.