This autumn semester, the Open Lecture Series of the EKA Architecture and Urban Design department was supposed to focus on Latvian and Lithuanian architects, urban planners and artists, to take a closer look at what’s happening in the Baltic architecture scene. The lectures will be taking place as soon as the virus situation will allow us to organise open lectures – our intention is to have speakers interacting with the audience and students directly, not just via a screen.
According to the curators of the lecture series Sille Pihlak and Johan Tali, it is rarely possible to remain within the boundaries of spatial culture when speaking about architecture as a mirror to the society, thus making architecture open lectures an engaging experience not only for architecture students, but also for professionals and students from other fields. When inviting speakers for this semester, Pihlak and Tali decided to stick to the Baltic bubble – the constraints of coronavirus meant more Estonians than possibly ever visited Latvia and Lithuania during the past summer, but what do we really know about the present day and philosophy of Latvian and Lithuanian architecture and urban planning?
Keep an eye on artun.ee for news about the series’ return, and stay safe!