As part of the Urbact City Festival TUTUR on 7th May between 10:15 and 15:00 will discover the potential of vacancy in Riga together with FreeRiga! Join us!




Creating Urban Value from the Unused Potentials of Vacant Buildings


•Daniela Patti, Coordinator, URBACT TUTUR Network

•Levente Polyak,  URBACT TUTUR Network

•Jonas Buchel and Marcis Rubenis, Free Riga

Kaņepes kultūras centrs

Skolas iela 15, Rīga, LV-1010


This walkshop will address the phenomenon of vacancy in Riga, using the Latvian capital as a case study to discuss general tendencies and responses to vacancy in European cities.


Throughout the walkshop you will discover the main reasons for the abandonment of centrally located properties; what administrative barriers obstruct their revitalization; and how to engage creative and community energies in the revitalization of public properties. You will be introduced to the various approaches and experiments in the partner cities of TUTUR as well as in Riga, and will be invited to share your impressions and ideas.


The walkshop will take place in the historical centre of Riga, where the challenge of vacancy is most visible with a multitude of buildings, including valuable historical heritage, deteriorating due to the lack of use and maintenance. The walk will visit notorious vacant properties and get acquainted with strategies for their revitalization community engagement.

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