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Great Cemetery Design Competition

The aim of the Great Cemetery Design Competition is to obtain creative ideas and proposals on how to respectfully preserve the burials of the Great Tombs, and the cultural-historical and natural values ​​for future generations.

The competition also aims to look at how to implement the sustainable development of the territory and how to use the potential of the existing green infrastructure as a biologically diverse and unique landscape on a European scale, in order to improve the quality of the urban environment and the Great availability of graves for residents and guests of the city of Riga.

The following should be taken into account when developing a sketch design:

  • The “Development Concept’’ of the Great Cemetery developed by the Riga Monument Agency on May 26, 2022;
  • Law on Preservation and Protection of the Historic Centre of Riga;
  • Regulations of Minister Cabinet No. 127 “Regulations Regarding the Preservation and Protection of the Historic Centre of Riga;
  • Binding regulations no. 38 Riga City Council (07.02.2006) “Requirements for the use and development of the Historical Centre of Riga and its protection zone”.

The following concept must be developed:

  • How to respectfully preserve the burials of the Great Cemetery, its material and immaterial cultural and historical values, authenticity, and original substance;
  • How to implement sustainable development of the territory;
  • How to use the potential of the existing green infrastructure to improve the quality of the urban environment and the accessibility of the Great Cemetery to the residents and visitors of the city of Riga;
  • How to create an emotionally powerful place of remembrance with a historical identity – a memorial park, by integrating existing objects (late 18th–mid-20th-century chapels, tombstones, grave slabs).

Eligibility:

  • The Interested Participant of the Competition must be registered in the Commercial Register of Latvia or an equivalent register in a foreign country.
  • This requirement applies to all members of the partnership (if the proposal is submitted by a partnership) or all members of an association of persons.

Awards:

  • EUR 15,000 for the first-place winner;
  • EUR 10,000 for the second-place winner;
  • EUR 5,000 for third-place winner.
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