AlterSPb: City of Public Spaces in Latvian Museum of Architecture (Riga)

Riga | 11.03.2016
From March 18 till May 13 Project Baltia magazine demonstrates the exhibition AlterSPB: City of Public Spaces in the Latvian Museum of Architecture (Riga).

The project was first held in the Youth Centre of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg in July 2015 and further on it was shown in the Central House of Artists (Moscow) within the frame of Zodchestvo festival.

Vladimir Frolov, curator of the project, offered young architects to show their vision on the public space of the city. Sixteen exhibited projects are in the category of non-developed. Part of them is paper architecture in its pure state and another part presents works that can be materialized in the foreseeable future. Some authors tend to interact with the context of St. Petersburg, while others rely on global trends. The purpose of AlterSPb 2015 is not in receiving the only one correct answer to the question of what public space really is or what it should be in St. Petersburg. The projects’ aim is in the very reflection on the multiplicity of urban environmental variations, as well as on the responsibility of the one who designs and the one, who decides what project to choose for realization.

For the curator`s manifesto see:

Participants of the curated exhibition: 2xIF-architects; ludi architects; Aleksandra Getmanskaya and Natalya Parsadanova (NERPA); Yekaterina Sokhina and Innokenty Loparev (Semren and Mansson); Wowhaus + RHIZOME group; RHIZOME group + Verstak; Aleksandr Berzing and Andrey Voronov; Aleksey Levchuk and Vladimir Frolov; Aliya Ishmukhametova; Borshch; Khvoya; Arseny Brodach and Igor Kokarev (Delo); Novoe (Moscow); Sergey Padalko, Andrey Rogatkin, and Vladimir Sokolov (Vitruvius and Sons); Kirill Asse and Anna Ratafieva; Anna Delgado (buro 11)

Within the project demonstration in Riga Sergey Padalko, the chief architect of Vitruvius and Sons (St Petersburg), will give a lecture and curator Vladimir Frolov will hold an exhibition tour.


Opening: March 18, 17:00

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