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Riga's New Concert Hall Moves Forward

RIGA, Latvia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Riga City Council has announced that it intends to move forward with plans to build a new arts center.

The project is intended to help revitalize the run-down left bank of the Daugava River which runs through the capital.

Designed by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), the new art center is proposed to be constructed along a narrow cement wharf utilizing part of a defunct power generation station. The plans encompass more than just a concert hall and include a contemporary arts museum and spaces for seminars and other cultural functions.

Critics of the plan have made issue with the location, noting that due to traffic congestion and other considerations, that the proposed site is less than optimal.

"We fully support the idea of a concert hall for Riga, but for the project to be acceptable, it should be located somewhere else," Aivars Aksenoks, Mayor of Riga told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers