The conference will take place in Riga on 12 and 13 April 2024 and will focus on the theme “Blind spot”, which will explore the optical and metaphorical dimensions of this concept.
The conference programme will be complemented by the exhibition “T’ Space / Steven Myron Holl Foundation”, jointly organised by the RISEBA School of Architecture and Design and the Rainbeck, New York-based gallery “T’ Space / Steven Myron Holl Foundation”, “Rome. Teacher: Astra Zariņa”, which will be on view from 14 March to 13 April 2024 at the National Library of Latvia. The exhibition will be opened by the world-renowned American architect Steven Holl.
The term “Blind Spot” has two interpretations. Firstly, it refers to the physiological concept of a blind spot, which defines it as a point on the retina of the optic nerve that is insensitive to light. Secondly, it symbolises a point where a person’s vision is impaired. By interpreting the concept in this way, the organisers invite architects and designers to think beyond the traditional viewpoint and allow themselves to be unrestrictedly creative.
The RIXARCH 2024 conference focuses on the outstanding Latvian architect and educator Astra Zariņa. Born in 1929 in Riga, Astra Zariņa began her studies at the University of Washington in 1947, where she studied with architects such as Laionel Price, Wendell Lovett and Viktor Steinbruck.
More information and the conference programme to follow.RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design RIXARCH 2024