FOREST AS INFRASTRUCTURE SPACE
This 200+ year speculative strategy treats the forest - Latvia's greatest asset, as "flexible FUTURE infrastructure".
The city of Riga is an example of a shrinking city. In this context, the project reimagines how future urban population fluctuations could be approached.
Together with the shrinking population - and economy as its potential consequence - the patches of forest appear in the city, Every patch of this flexible, reconfigurative membrane should be read as a stack of various layers of value.
Forest in this case becomes more than a space-filler for the emptying urban tissue. It gradually creates a new type of re-countrysized urban scenario, embodies an economical asset, raw ressource and insurance for future generations. The forest, when curated, constitutes an integral part of the city economy- when "left behind", starts to expand on its own, overgrowing the dying city.
The forest infrastructure by encasing Riga, limits the urban sprawl and compresses the moribund society.