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Oskars Redbergs. Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2015. Telliskivi. Exhibition „9 Conditions of Riga: Regeneration and Transformation of the City – Urban Environment and Architecture”

May 14, 2016 9:08 am

Exhibition „9 Conditions of Riga: Regeneration and Transformation of the City – Urban Environment and Architecture” is a satellite event of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2015 programme. The exhibition “9 Conditions of Riga” contributes to the overall theme of the biennale “Self Driven Cities” by questioning whether and how the very inhabitants or the ‘self’ of the city can actually maintain and influence or rather ‘drive’ the politics of the built environment and the city.

Opening times: from 9th to October 29th, 2015.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Mondays – Closed.
Vernissage: October 8th, 5 p.m.
Venue: Red Hall (Punane Saal) at Telliskivi Creative City (C2)
Address: Telliskivi 60A, 10412 Tallinn.

This traveling exhibition „9 Conditions of Riga” was as an integral part of the larger project –
European Cultural Days of the ECB – Latvia, organized by European Central Bank, exhibited in Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 2013. In autumn 2015 exhibition travels to Tallinn.

„9 Conditions of Riga” presents architecture as both a process and an outcome of a complex and multilayered economic, social, cultural and political dialogue, which is influenced by the impact of different regulations and restrictions, as well as other important circumstances.

The exhibition has cognitive character and it turns the exhibition venue into an interactive “learning classroom” where visitors are invited to involve and become active participants in shaping their own and unique story of Riga. The exhibition is divided into 9 thematic sections, which present more than 50 different examples of architecture and urban design projects of Riga, carried out by more than 20 international architecture firms in the last 15 years.

In his exhibition review “Learning from Riga”, urban theorist and professor of the Plymouth University Krzysztof Nawratek emphasizes the following: „Exhibition „9 Conditions of Riga” is an interesting and ambitious project. Its purpose is to tell a story of the new Latvian (or rather Rigan) architecture, built since the re-establishment of the Latvian independence in 1991. However, the strength of this exhibition is not the quality of the presented projects (some of these projects are excellent, but some are – to put it mildly – controversial). Its strength lays in an attempt to find a new, original and precise language to tell this story.”

In Tallinn, the exhibition will take place in the amazing space of Telliskivi Punane Sall. In order to further explore this space, the curator invited media and sound artist Geo Reisinger from Berlin to collaborate and experiment with the spatial and acoustic parameters. Sampling and combining sounds from Riga’s urban environment, Geo Reisinger will create an immersive sound installation, transforming the space into a sonic landscape and inviting the audience to experience the multitude of conditions of Riga.

Exhibition team:

Curator: Oskars Redbergs
Project coordinator: Inga Karlštrēma
Concept: mT15. Foundation for Interdisciplinary Cooperation
Implementation: Megaphone Publishers
Immersive sound installation (TAB15 Edition): Geo Reisinger
Photographer: Aivars Siliņš
Exhibition Designers: Manten Devriendt, Liene Jākobsone (
Graphic Designers: Edgars Zvirgzdiņš (Associates, Partners et Sons Design & Development)
TAB15 Project Assistant: Ieva Lange

The presentation of the Exhibition “9 Conditions of Riga” at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale is supported by:

Embassy of Latvia in Estonia
State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF)
LIVE RIGA (The Riga Tourism Development Bureau Foundation)
Riga Municipal Agency “Riga City Architect’s Office”
The Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council
Megaphone Publishers
mT15. Foundation for Interdisciplinary Cooperation


His Excellency ambassador Juris Bone (Embassy of Latvia in Estonia)
Zenta Ļakša (DHM, Counsellor)
Agita Ikauniece (Latvian Cultural days of ECB)
Zanda Ķergalve (The Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council)
Marten Kaevats (TAB15)
Rebecca Kontus (TAB15)
Maria Derlõš (TAB CLUB15)
Solveig Jahnke (Estonian Academy of Arts)
Tauri Tuvikene (Tallinn University)

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