Book spread. Press photo

We wished to emphasize differences not only textually, but also visually.  It was important for us to choose photographers with the greatest possible range of creative styles, all of whom have influenced how we have viewed architecture in the mass media, the professional media, and other publications over the last twenty years. The selection of photographers took place in close collaboration with the critics. Yet their mutual collaboration models were different: both as equal partners, client and contractor, and from the position of parallel viewpoints.

What was the most difficult part of creating the book? And what inspired you?

It was complicated to simultaneously assume the roles of the book’s conceptual editor and executive producer, to balance the ideally desired with the actually possible. Working together with various critics and photographers was a valuable experience, but I was particularly inspired by my collaboration with the graphic designer Miķelis Baštiks. He participated in the creation of the book from the very first seeds of the idea, and his role seriously exceeded the boundaries of a graphic designer’s usual duties. That is one of the reasons why the content and form of the publication developed so successfully as an organic and combined whole.

Is the book available only in Latvia?

The book is being issued in separate English and Latvian editions, not in a single bilingual edition. We also recognize the need for a translation in Russian.

Are there work underway on more projects in Latvian architecture criticism, or in documenting contemporary Latvian architecture?

During the process of creating this book, the need for establishing a new organization became clear. A new society called Nucleus was established; its focus is to develop the theoretical, conceptual, reflective, and documentary aspects of Latvian architecture, without separating itself off from other fields but, rather, by creating interdisciplinary and cross-genre projects too.

Our upcoming plans are to supplement and adapt the content of the book V*X Latvian Architecture Since 1991 by developing a special iPad application. We will add photographs not included in the printed publication, as well as special video materials.