Rotermann. The City of Houses 〉Mattias Malk Rotermann Quarter 20 years later 〉Mathilda Viigimäe, Kristi Tšernilovski The Industrial Heritage of Tallinn Set for A New Lease of Life 〉Henry Kuningas In the Winds of Gentrification — The Noblessner Quarter 〉Hannes Aava From Submarines to Bicycles: The Story of Noblessner 〉Pärtel-Peeter Pere Kalaranna Quarter — One
(R)evolution 〉Jaak Tomberg, Urmo Mets, Kaja Pae JOHAN TALI. Only Cities Can Save Us Now! 〉Interviewed by Joonas Hellerma Visioning 〉Kaja Pae The New Cruise Terminal in Tallinn 〉Tuomas Silvennoinen A Low-Tech Table 〉Hannes Praks Zerotopia 〉Kalev Rajangu Speculative Projects Maja and Sirp Publication Award 2021 Parasites in the Cracks of Human 〉Madli Maruste A Vision
Discussions about how to plan a good city and what kind of buildings to construct are becoming increasingly relevant as mankind has reached a fundamental milestone: the majority of the society lives in cities. At the time of climate change, the issue of a sustainable city is more pressing than ever before also in Estonia, where motorisation is fast and local centres are subjected to urban sprawl. In this context, it is worth recalling the ideological principles of two urban design theories – New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism – in order to set goals for the kind of space we want to move towards and the pitfalls to avoid on the way.
Against the backdrop of these phenomena, the wasteland paradigm shifted for us: the derelict and polluted areas around the city were like symbols of negative change in the environment with traces og bygone natural habitats or normal human activity, remains of stratified time, soul from different periods of Estonian life
Last year the Estonian Association of Landscape Architects annual award and the Estonian Cultural Endowment landscape architecture award in the category of architecture were given to the new city centre of Elva. ‘Between the Currant Bushes’ (by Ülle Maiste, Diana Taalfeld, Anne Saarniit, Roomet Helbre, and Taavi Kuningas from the architectural offices AT HOME, NU, ubin pluss, and TEMPT) was recognised as the winner of the architecture competition for the best solution for Elva main street and urban space in the framework of the ‘Good Public Space’ project.
We are discussing landscape architecture with Helēna Gūtmane, Mark Geldof and Ilze Rukšāne online although I initially planned to go there and visit their works together with the authors. In addition to Helēna, Ilze and Mark, also the senior landscape architects Indra Ozoliņa, Mētra Augškāpa and landscape architect Sendija Adītāja joined our discussion around the table (and behind the screen).