Aleksa Square is the first public square in Riga, co-designed with the local community in the "problem neighbourhood" of Sarkandaugava. Following a special methodology, local residents generated ideas and discussed necessities in several meetings; I then translated their suggestions and needs into a design for the square. The grid plan adds structure to the territory and allows for more elements to be added over time. The square currently contains a ping-pong table, a board games area, seating, and a wall with exercising equipment. Aleksa Square was set up collectively, with locals taking part in site preparation and painting works.
Year: 2013–2014
Team: Fine Young Urbanists
Client: Sarkandaugava Development Association
Partners: House of Ideas, Architecture Information Center, Rijada, Moneyless
Photos © Ansis Starks