Why Do We Need Streets?

Thinking of design as a service means bringing into focus the user and user needs. The impact of user-specificity is steadily increasing in how the processes of spatial design are approached. Ave Habakuk from the Living Street movement writes about how to think of the street as a service.

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 (108): Opening Tallinn To The Sea

Rotermann. The City of Houses  〉Mattias MalkRotermann Quarter 20 years later  〉Mathilda Viigimäe, Kristi TšernilovskiThe Industrial Heritage of Tallinn Set for A New Lease of Life  〉Henry KuningasIn the Winds of Gentrification – The Noblessner Quarter  〉Hannes AavaFrom Submarines to Bicycles: The Story of Noblessner  〉Pärtel-Peeter PereKalaranna Quarter – One Step Back, Two Steps Forwards

Winter 2022 (107): Evolution or Revolution?

(R)evolution 〉Jaak Tomberg, Urmo Mets, Kaja PaeJohan Tali. Only Cities Can Save Us Now! 〉Interviewed by Joonas HellermaVisioning 〉Kaja PaeThe New Cruise Terminal in Tallinn 〉Tuomas SilvennoinenA Low-Tech Table 〉Hannes PraksZerotopia 〉Kalev RajanguSpeculative Projects Maja and Sirp Publication Award 2021Parasites in the Cracks of Human 〉Madli MarusteA Vision for Hundipea 〉 Indrek AllmannHow To Live? 〉Kaja PaeOasis,

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.