1. Semester: A Crash Course in Planning Practices

We have undertaken an ambitious task. To clarify in a short period of time how a city is planned. Which parties use what kind of instruments to make decisions concerning Tallinn? And as if the task itself wasn’t complex enough, we have also gathered comparative data from Helsinki, Riga, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Prague and Zurich. It is a crash course for us as well as for the people responsible for the various parts of the future research.
In selecting the sample, we considered cities comparable to Tallinn in size and recent history, but also some very different cities exemplary for other reasons. In practice, it means that we were in contact with various local practitioners, city officials, activists and theoreticians. We spoke with people, not institutions. We attempted to make our questions straightforward and understand what the success stories and problem areas in the given cities are. We asked if the planning of the given cities has been based on same wider visions. If there is some kind of a social contract in writing on how the city will develop and how the development will be gradually executed in various stages. We went to the offices of city architects to see what their daily work is like. What is the number of people working together with the city architect and what is his wider role in the society. The given discussions have largely been frank and personal. There has been little so-called official information. This allowed the interviewees to remain true to their opinions and also express criticism of the great success stories. We attempt to reveal the regulations and procedures behind the scenes that provide the city development with its framework, direction and ambition.
As we were probing the situation, we attempted to see and comprehend what the good living environment means in the 21st century and how to achieve it, what can be learned from whom, who are the important actors in the process of urban change and how they contribute. It turns out that the guiding principle of liveable Tallinn is, in fact, controversial – on the one hand, the concept of “the most liveable city” seems truly noble and attractive, on the other hand, the downside was described by Canadian architect Leonard Ma at the workshop “The Unfinished City” organised at the Faculty of Architecture. Originally from Vancouver, which is considered one of the most liveable cities graded high in various ‘liveable cities’ ranking lists, Leonard claimed that the downside of the given title is that due to the increased property prices, the locals cannot keep up with the pace and need to move. And the city is affordable only for the international business elite. For instance, the ranking table of the most liveable cities compiled by Mercer is primarily aimed at large corporations for smarter labour distribution. Then again, it would be absurd to claim that a liveable city is a bad goal, as there is nothing inherently wrong in the increase of property value. Quite the contrary. The question is how to create this value in the urban space in a stable and sustainable manner and not as an image-building project (to compare, the stable city of Zurich is ranked the second, while the brashly growing Dubai is ranked the 74th and Tallinn 89th in the table).
We have gathered and analysed a vast amount of material characterising the cities which allows us to compare the density and structure of living environments, the presence and structure of nature, transport networks and border areas, and to highlight the respective measurable and numeric data with the possible (in case of some cities, quite specific) future plans. In the course of the research, the analysis of the cities soon made it clear that the planning practices mainly differ from each other in nuances. Therefore, it would be reasonable to discuss and describe the cities through an overview of the discussions we had.

Johan Tali
Kalle Komissarov

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UMWELT – glass exhibition at the Adamson-Eric Museum

09. 06 – 01. 10. 2017
Curators Ülle Kruus & Mare Saare
Design Mari Kurismaa
Graphic design Külli Kaats
1. 1967 Maie Mikof
2. 1970 Peeter Rudaš
3. 1975 Rait Prääts
4. 1979 Mare Saare
5. 1981 Eve Koha
6. 1985 Ivo Lill
7. 1995 BA Kai Kiudsoo-Värv 2005 MA
8. 1995 BA Tiina Sarapu 1996 MA
9. 1998 BA Eeva Käsper 2003 MA
10. 2002 BA Maret Sarapu 2005 MA
11. 2003 BA Kristiina Uslar 2007 MA
12. 2011 BA Andra Jõgis 2014 MA
13. 2013 BA Kristiina Oppi 2017 MA

Exhibition of glass at the Adamson-Eric Museum in Tallinn is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of teaching art glass at the today’s Estonian Academy of Arts in 1936/37. The 13 artists represented have graduated from the academy during the last 50 years, both their final works – on b/w photographs – and latest creations are exhibited. The curator aimed to find out differences and similarities between the earliest and latest works and show the changes in the trends and expressive principles of these years.

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Maks Roosma grant for Maarja Mäemets, student of glass

For the year 2016/17 the annual grant for a glass student of the EAA goes to MAARJA MÄEMETS for her outstanding results in combining glass and photography in her creative work and for winning the first prize of the student art competition organized by Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany.

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Nordic Academy of Architecture – EAA to be the coordinator of the Nordplus network

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Speed of Sculpture

The objective of the exhibition "Speed of Space" is to investigate the space as an environment that has a duration. This duration can be perceived, used, manipulated, maybe controlled.
Sculpture is very much of the object of duration, reaching out of its present existence intothe future space and time. Exhibition focusses into the role of speed of sculpture, in its physics – but also as a follower of the minds and motions of us.
Evald Okas Art Museum has invited young contemporary installation artists and sculptors to present their works at the gallery of the museum.

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Heritage and Conservation BA defenses

31st May, 2017

Kunstikultuuri teaduskond, Suur – Kloostri 11, ruum 103
10.15 – Kristiina Frolova
Bakalaureusetöö teema:
Laudise profiilide tüübid ja puitpits Kärdlas
Types of Weatherboards and Dekorative Woodcut on Kärdla Buildings
Juhendaja: Leele Välja (MA)
Retsensent: Andres Muts
11.00 – Kenneth Herm
Bakalaureusetöö teema:
Tallinna-tüüpi majade välisuste tüpoloogia ja restaureerimisprobleemid
Typology of the exterior doors of Tallinn-type houses and their conservation problems.
Juhendaja: Oliver Orro (MA) ja Kerttu Küünarpuu (BA)
Retsensent: Juhan Hint
11.45 – Erle Kaur
Bakalaureusetöö teema:
Unustatud altar. Kontekst ja konserveerimine
A Forgotten Altarpiece. The Context and Conservation.
Juhendaja: Johanna Lamp (MA) ja Allan Talu (BA)
12.30 – Saara Kruus
Bakalaureusetöö teema:
Nitrofilmide säilitamine filmiarhiivi nitrofilmi kollektsiooni näitel
Preservation of the nitrate film collection in the Estonian Film Archives
Juhendaja: Kadi Sikka
13.15 – Liisi Kruusa
Bakalaureusetöö teema:
Pelgulinna Lenderi majade katusekorruste väljaehitamine
Rebuilding of the Lender type houses attic floors in Pelgulinn. Architectural and social aspects
Juhendaja: Riin Alatalu
Retsensent: Anni Martin- Nool
14.00 – Elise Lekarkin
Bakalaureusetöö teema:
Paide Kultuurikeskuse kohviku vitraazide konserveerimine – restaureerimine. Tänapäevaste vitraazide kahjustused.
Conservation – restoration of Paide Cultural center cafeteria stained glass. Damages of modern stained glass.
Juhendaja: Eve Koha
14.45 – Eva-Liisa Lõbu
Bakalaureusetöö teema:
Järvamaa Muuseumi etnograafiliste tekstiilesemete näituseks ettevamistamine
The Preparation of Ethnographical Textiles for the Exhibition in Järvamaa Museum
Juhendaja: Heige Peets ja Ruth Paas
15.30 – Anne Raud
Bakalaureusetöö teema:
Ehete säilitamine Eesti Tarbekunsti- ja Disainimuuseumi kogu näitel
Jewelry preservation by example of Estonian Applied Arts and Design museum collection
Juhendaja: Merike Kallas

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Andrea Tamm
“Rewilding the Abandoned”
Supervisor: Leena Torim, Keiti Kljavin, Edina Dufala-Pärn, Kärt Ojavee
Reviewer: Anna-Liisa Unt

Oksana Hetman
“Adondoned Underground. Finding Additional Functions for the Underused and Outdated Pedestrian Underpasses in Tallinn”
Supervisor: Leena Torim, Keiti Kljavin, Edina Dufala-Pärn, Kärt Ojavee
Reviewer: Eve Komp

Alina Nurmits
“Exploring borders. Borders Changing Space and its Use. Case of Süda-Tatari district”
Supervisor: Edina Dufala-Pärn, Leena Torim, Keiti Kljavin
Reviewer: Karli Luik

13:00-14:00 LUNCH

Kätlin Pesur
“Re-thinking Break Time Areas in School Environments: Preventing Bullying through Spatial Design”
Supervisor: Leena Torim, Keiti Kljavin, Edina Dufala-Pärn, Kärt Ojavee
Reviewer: Elo Kiivet

Martin Saar
“Elementary School Furniture”
Supervisor: Martin Pärn, Edina Dufala-Pärn, Kärt Ojavee, Leena Torim, Keiti Kljavin
Reviewer: Aap Piho

Evaluation Committee:
Chairman: Jüri Kermik,
Marco Casagrande,
Marten Kaevats,
Hannes Praks,
Kadri Klementi
Ivan Sergejev,
Johan Tali.
Committee secretary: Tatjana Neborjakina

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From the 3rd through the 9th of June at VABA LAVA Small Stage.
Opening time M–S 12p.m.-7p.m; ELLISKIVI LOOMELINNAK, Telliskivi 60a-C1, Tallinn 10412

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Opening of OBSERVA(C)TION – contemporary jewellery exhibition students of Estonian Academy of Arts at Russian theatre on May 18th

Contemporary jewellery exhibition OBSERVA(C)TION will be opening on Thursday, 18th of May at 3 PM in the Russian Theatre. The exhibition displays the works of the second course students of the Jewellery and Blacksmithing Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts.

OBSERVA(C)TION is an analysis of human behavioral patterns and everyday rituals. Whether it is a candid or public observation, whether oneself or others are being observed, or whether one allows oneself to be observed – all these questions will be expressed in the displayed works.
The exhibited jewellery has been produced from iron, glass, silk, ashes, brass, precious wood, porcelain and gems.

The exhibition features the following artists: Anastassia Nikitina, Claudia Lepik, Liisbeth Kirss, Liina Lelov, Kätlin Kokk, Veronika Ovsyannikova, Sigrid Kuusk, Ljubov Kedrina, Marilin Laas (glass art), Kaia Ansip, Liisbet Linntamm.

The works have been supervised by: Eve Margus-Villems, Nils Hint, Urmas Lüüs, Piret Ellamaa, Jens A. Clausen, Fred Truus.

Special thanks to: Russian theatre, Estonian Academy of Arts, PrintGate, Library of Tallinn English College, Talu&Deli, Dodo Pizza, HeyDay Juices, Lekker, Anti Lepik, Valdek Laur, Üllar Kalmus, Jaanus Odras.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Russian theatre from 19th of May til 4th of June, from Tuesdays to Sundays at 2 PM – 6 PM.


Exhibition Observa(c)tion is part of the satellite program of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial. The Triennial constitutes an international art event within the framework of which applied artists and designers give meaning to time and varied approaches thereto. “Ajavahe. Time Difference”, the main exhibition of this year’s Triennial, is open at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design from 21 April 2017 through 23 July 2017. The voluminous satellite program is featured in Tallinn’s galleries, cafes, open studios and other exciting places from the end of March until the beginning of August.

For further information please contact:
Liina Lelov
Tel: +372 56 241 164

Liina Lelov
Precious wood, oxidised copper
Photo: Liina Lelov

Sigrid Kuusk
Ash, silver, caotchouc
Photo: Sigrid Kuusk

Claudia Lepik
Silk, brass
Photo: Claudia Lepik

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2.06 event Final Thesis in The Elevator in Cafe Noble

In the event Final Thesis in The Elevator there will be short presentations of the best final thesis of EAA graduates in 2017. The event will be in Estonian.

The graduates and their final thesis subjects:
Johanna Jõekalda “Ruumielamuste kujundamine andmepõhiste tehnikatega”
Inke-Brett Eek “Suremise ruum”
Andrea Tamm “Hüljatud ruumi uus elu”
Alina Nurmist “Igapäevaste piirisituatsioonide kasutamata potentsiaal linnaruumis”
Marie Vinter ” “Restructuring silk. Alternative morphologies”
Hafiz Abdul Manan “Speculative Design:Handwriting in the post digital era.”
Karolin Kõrge “Erivajadustega inimeste kasutajakogemus digitaalsetes toodetes”
Hannes Lung “Nägemispuudega inimeste kommunikatsioonisüsteemi riistvaraline kontseptsioon”
Alina Orav “Polüvaatemaal”

Committee: Jaanus Vahesalu from Enterprise Estonia , Anne Pikkov from EAA, Daniel Kotsjuba, Annika Räim from Creative Union, Henri Laupmaa from Hooandja (soon will be more) . The best presentation will be awarded with 300 EUR.

You are welcome to participate and discuss over presentations.

Intro 16.00
Committee 16.05
Presentations 16.10
Break 18.40
Awards and thank You 18.50
Official program is over, discussion continues

The event is organised by R&D department of EAA and it is funded by European Union Regional Fund and by Enterprise Estonia.

More info:
Kelli Turmann

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