Autumn 2019: Author

UNKNOWN
Spatial Poetry Spatial Illusion Spatial Design Poetry Design 〉 Mariann Drell
Who Made This? 〉 Roland Reemaa
An Oeuvre on a Potato Field 〉 Diana Drobot, Päär Keedus

PERSONAS
Acknowledging Unnoticed Architecture 〉 Merle Karro-Kalberg

PROJECTS
Imavere Rapeseed Oil Factory — Things that Matter 〉 Kristel Niisuke, Margus Tamm
Fotografiska in Tallinn — Matured End of Season Berries with Champagne Foam 〉 Maarin Mürk
Rannamõisa Ritual Building —From a Funeral Home to a Ritual Building 〉 Kaia Tungal

TOGETHER
Call and Response 〉 Hans van der Heijden
East: Negotiating Projects 〉 Laura Linsi
Public Dark Rooms in Urban Space: Fragments from the Tallinn History of Sexuality 〉 Rebeka Põldsam

Author

The autumn issue of Maja magazine explores the role of the author in architecture. One way of approaching the theme is to look at projects that seemingly lack authorship, remain unknown or anonymous. The aim of this issue is to distance oneself from the pressures of the signature and the brand. Instead, we seek for quality in spaces, which in some aspect or another remain unknown. This quality may implicitly lie in collective authorship, in search for alternative ways of practicing, in urban anonymity, in collaboration integral to planning public spaces, in the influence of what’s already in existence, in a layman’s shed, in forgotten spaces, in technical machines or in a place and moment that is recognisable solely to a certain group of people or to a single explorer. The knowns and unknowns are relative – what is unknown to some is known to others. 

It is easy to subject architecture to the logic of trade and branding, where a unique masterpiece and its author become used increasingly more as devices to shape the built environment. On this background, perhaps the most challenging task for architects today is to work with ordinary spaces where design does not dominate over the space itself, where existing conditions inform proposals, where communities take responsibility over the use, the creation and the maintenance of space. These are qualities and opportunities that allow architecture to take shape along the way. The results may well be unexpected to clients, users as well as authors. 

Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa, Guest editors

October, 2019

Photo Sohvi Viik

LOE VEEL

An Interview With Avatars

Space Popular is a multidisciplinary design and research practice led by Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg. They make physical spaces — buildings, interiors, furnishings — and virtual spaces, concentrating on how the two will be fused in the future. Their augmented virtual reality project “The Venn Room” was on display at the Tallinn Architecture Biennial main exhibition.

Kaja Pae: Beauty Matters Thanks to Faith in Human  

Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) „Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty“, 11.09–15.09 2019.
Although architecture may help to solve (and it does solve) problems, we should not regard it as a primary tool for solving social etc. problems but as a creator of values, novelty and wellbeing. In the 20th century, the creative part of architecture that can also deal with the question of human condition has been undeservedly overshadowed by pragmatics.