Hannes Aava. In the Winds of Gentrification—the Noblessner Quarter

After the slow-burning and partly contestable success stories of Rotermann Quarter and Telliskivi Creative City, the eyes of Tallinners interested in urban design or just longing for a better urban space turned to Noblessner—the privately developed waterfront set to become one of the first chapters on the road to open the coastal areas of Tallinn to its citizens. Though far from complete, the lively quarter already offers a chance for a status report and an insight into the entrenchment of certain spatio-social tendencies in the Estonian real estate landscape.

Spring 2022: Opening Tallinn To The Sea

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

Winter 2022: Evolution or Revolution?

(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

Hannes Aava. New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism. The Ideological Battlegrounds of a More Sustainable Urban Space

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.

Leonhard Lapin. The ‘Romanticism’ of Wastelands

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

Young Heart. On the renewed urban core of Elva with architects Ülle Maiste and Diana Taalfeld

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.

Space whisperers of ALPS landscape atelier

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).