Livable City Forum Riga + R.Schmaeling Conference 2017


Livable City Forum Riga is taking place on 4-6 October 2017, and it is organized in cooperation with the annual Reinhold Schmaeling Conference traditionally hosted by Riga City Architect’s Office.

Knowledge, research and innovation are playing an increasingly important role in today’s social, economic and urban development processes. Due to the planned and ongoing developments on the left bank of River Daugava, Latvia and its capital Riga will in the near future experience a rapid transformation of education, research and innovation infrastructure. These developments will uncover new opportunities for improving the quality of education, as well as vitalize the growth of currently underdeveloped territories within a walking distance from the heart of Riga.

The combined event of LCF Riga and R. Schmaeling Conference invites you to consider and discuss how sustainable architecture and smart urban planning can contribute to such areas as science, innovation, knowledge economy, as well as regional and national competitiveness.

Below you will find information about the event programme and some practical tips for travel and accommodation in Riga. Further information about speakers and their presentation topics will be detailed in the following weeks.

Registration for the event is available here. Please register by 25 September.





09:00 – 12:00 Partners’ meeting with coffee break @ Riga City Hall, 1 Ratslaukums

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch @ Riga City Hall, 1 Ratslaukums

13:00 – 15:00 Tour of Pārdaugava (Riga’s Knowledge Mile)

15:00 – 18:00 Master class by Uusi Kaupunki with coffee break @ University of Latvia Library, 4 Kalpaka Blvd.

19:00 – 21:00 Dinner for project partners and stakeholders @ TBA



R.Schmaeling Conference: Architecture of Knowledge Economy

National Library of Latvia, 3 Mūkusalas Street

Note: time and programme can be subject to minor changes

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and coffee

09:30 – 10:00 Welcoming remarks

10:00 – 10:30 Opening keynote

10:30 – 11:30 Theme 1: Knowledge economy and the city

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00 Theme 2: Campus in the city / Knowledge economy and public infrastructure

13:00 – 13:30 Debate panel A

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 15:30 Theme 3: From knowledge spaces to knowledge places

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00 Theme 4: Governance and co-creation of knowledge places

17:00 – 17:30 Debate panel B

17:30 – 18:00 Closing keynote

18:00 – 19:00 R.Schmaeling Conference reception

20:00 – 21:30 Dinner for partners, stakeholders and keynote speakers

More detailed information about the speakers and their topics will follow.



University of Latvia Campus Nature Building, 1 Jelgavas Street

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and welcome coffee

09:30 – 10:00 Riga Planning Region presentation: Knowledge Mile in Riga

10:00 – 11:30 Workshop 1: Knowledge Mile Challenge

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 13:00 University of Latvia presentation: University-Business Cooperation

13:00 – 15:00 Workshop 2: University-Business Cooperation

15:00 – 16:00 Partners’ closing meeting (for Live Baltic Campus project partners)




Riga is easily accessible by flying to Riga Airport or arriving to Riga International Coach Station.

Riga International Coach Station is in the city centre. We can recommend Lux Express coaches for Tartu.

Riga International Airport is located ~25 minutes from the city centre. Organisers will not be providing transport to/from the airport but there are various options of direct transport services to the city centre. Please see information about public transport from the airport to city centre here.

Alternatively, you can choose to take a taxi. There are several options usually available directly at the airport and the coach station exit but you can preorder one too. Some of the companies are Baltic Taxi (phone for foreign customers: +371 20008500) and Red Cab (phone: +371 8383). For those acquainted with Taxify – it operates in Riga, too.

In case you need to use Riga’s public transport, please find the routes, timetables, and information on tickets here.



For Live Baltic Campus partners and stakeholders exclusively, there is a discount available at the hotels listed below (promo code: Campus). We kindly ask you to book your rooms via hotel e-mails that are included in the description, as the discount is not available if booking is made in external booking systems.

Address: Jēkaba Street 24, Riga
E-mail: H9619 [at] accor.com
Public price: 165.00 EUR per Superior room per night
Special price with Promo code: 115.00 EUR per Superior room per night valid till 25 September
Price includes: 1 DBL or 2 TWIN beds, breakfast buffet, WiFi, fitness center, spa & swimming pool.

Address: Elizabetes Street 101, Riga
E-mail: h9436 [at] accor.com
Public price: 85.00 EUR per Classic room per night
Special price with Promo code: 60.00 EUR per Classic room per night valid till 15 September
Price includes: 1 DBL or 2 TWIN beds, breakfast buffet, WiFi, fitness center, spa (7:00-20:00) & parking.

Address: Marijas Street 5, Riga
E-mail: HA016 [at] accor.com
Public price: 55.00 EUR per Standard room per night
Special price with Promo code: 40.00 EUR per Standard room per night valid till 25 September
Price includes: 1 DBL or 2 TWIN beds, breakfast buffet, WiFi




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The joint event LCF Riga + R.Schmaeling Conference is organized by the University of Latvia, Riga Planning Region and Riga City Architect’s Office.

Please contact us if you have any questions:

Programme and practical issues: Anita Kazina, anita.kazina [at] lu.lv, +371 29980614
Programme and practical issues: Diāna Orlovska, diana.orlovska [at] lu.lv, +371 29174239
Programme, practical issues and accommodation: Emīls Rode, emils.rode [at] gmail.com, +371 29404502

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Riga!


What is the Livable City Forum?

What makes a vital and a livable city? One thing is certain, it revolves around people, education and business. As cities compete globally to attract the best talents, the urban culture and wellbeing become increasingly important.

In the Livable City Forum you will hear true-life examples of strategies, methods and partnerships utilising design thinking for better and more sustainable urban development. But more than this, you’ll also get to experience the methods at first hand!

The Livable City Forum gives an opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other – your participation is key! Experts from the city governments, urban practitioners and academia will share their views and findings on what makes the cities livable and enjoyable for us all!

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