Architectural competitions in Latvia (1860 – 2013)

Abstract – Architectural competitions are traditionally considered as a method of research and innovation in order to create esthetical and technical solutions, define social values and develop critical approach to the implementation of architectural projects. These competitions initiate debates on the balance between artistic quality and market demand, individual work and cooperation, creative solutions and legislation – tradition. During the last 150 years Latvia has seen more than 700 competitions dedicated to architecture and urban planning. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of architectural competitions in Latvia from their historical beginning in 1860 until 2013.

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