Abanditecture : Growth in the Wake of Political Fallout

Audrey McKee, architectural designer at Renzo Piano Building Workshop, elaborates on Karosta architecture competition series and results.

"Bee Breeders (Homemade Dessert), along with Liepaja city officials and local artists, has launched a competition series focused on eliciting the ideas of designers worldwide to transform the former naval base Karosta into a healthy continuation of Liepaja, Latvia's urban fabric. From 1890 to 1990 Karosta was an independent military community from nearby Liepaja until it was decommissioned in 1994 with the advent of Latvian independence. At that time, it changed from a community of 25,000 residents to 6,000 residents nearly overnight, and today stands filled with brutalist structures in partial or complete disrepair."

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