Latvian graduates exhibit: “100% Organic Architects”

24 newly graduated Riga Technical University (RTU) architects displayed their diploma projects offering modern architectural solutions for the regeneration of various Rīga territories in an exhibit titled “100% Organic Architects” at the RTU Faculty of Architecture on January 24, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 28. 

The diploma projects provide solutions for issues concerning uncomfortable historical heritage development, the revitalization of housing and public spaces and even the expansion of human life beyond the boundaries of our planet - to Mars.

Architect Alise Leita focused her diploma project on creating a hill garden habitat exhibition at the Riga Zoo. According Leita, her chosen specialization comes with a certain sense of responsibility.

“My inspiration - create an environment where people will be happy. My sense of responsibility has always been to think about nature in context with humans,” said Leita.

Architect Viktorija Voronkova is more interested in social issues, which she explored during her bachelor's project, and is continuing in her master's. She decided to focus on the so-called Moscow suburb of Rīga to create a social center as a mechanism for social development.

“I'm influenced by the people around me, colleagues, course friends, who are a source of inspiration. There's an important factor - the social factor, which is interpersonal cooperation, relationships, which together with successful architecture creates wonderful communication aspects,” said Voronkova.

Architect Raivis Jānis Mucenieks turned his attention to the incarcerated for his diploma project. He tried to find solutions for how architecture and environment can influence the possibility for this forgotten social group to return to society.

“Through social media you're at the intersection of various opinions and you see the influence from all sides. That's the successful art of architecture, to notice these problems that you can improve and develop by creating the environment around yourself,” said Mucenieks.

The RTU Architecture Faculty is located in Ķīpsala. The “100% Organic Architects” exhibit will be open through the end of February.

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