Overview

The 2-year Master’s program in Urban Studies combines rigorous academic research with intensive field-work. The program is situated at the trans-disciplinary crossroad of critical urban studies, urbanism and urban planning, architecture theory, sociology and urban ethnography. Our students have previous academic background in architecture and/or humanities. Integrating critical interrogation and experimental practice, the program has a triple focus on social uses, spatial programs and urban forms.

The form of assignments includes term-long research studios, intensive workshops, lectures, seminars, and field trips. The distinctive mark of the Master in Urban Studies is its reliance on theoretically informed action in the field. We take students’ effort seriously: the program engages ‘real’ actors and create opportunities for public presentation, discussion and publishing of best works.

The Master’s program is fully in English and it has a strong international orientation. We cooperate with a network of partner institutions in Europe and we are connected to regional partners in Finland, Baltic countries and Russia. Curriculum includes number of workshops and lecture courses by international scholars and practitioners. Students also participate in hosting the annual international conference Urban and Landscape Days in Tallinn.

The education prepares students to engage with urban issues at the intersection between design practice, political practice and theoretical knowledge. The program prepares graduates for further study at the PhD level.

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The Zone: Urban Studies research studio final presentation

The Special Economic Zone, writes Keller Easterling, has not always been a global urban addiction and a world-city template. Yet, she contends, “the wild mutation of the form over the last thirty years only make it seem penetrable to further mutations.”

How might the Zone mutate in the coming thirty years?
How would the special become the generic?
How would it reshape the conditions of production and labour, globally and locally?
How could the Zone be resisted and how could it fail?
Will the Special Economic Zone converge to the Zone of Tarkovsky’s Stalker?

The semester project speculates about these question on the case of a production and logistics zone in Jüri, situated 15 km southeast from Tallinn.

Students: Seth Amofah, Kasparas Lucinskas, Charlotte Niedenhoff, Nina Riewe, Juhan Teppart

Supervisors:
Maroš Krivý / Professor of Urban Studies
Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts

Kaie Kuldkepp / guest lecturer
Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts
urban designer, landscape architect @ NÜÜD architects

The presentation and discussion is public. Everyone is welcome.

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Public presentation: “Housing”

Public presentation of the Estonian Academy of Arts 

urban studies Master’s programme 

2nd year studio “Housing” 

on Friday, Dec. 4th at 16:00 

in the Faculty of Architecture (20 Pikk Str).

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‘Walking the City’ final presentations: Urban interventions and walking practice

Estonian Academy of Arts
Departments of Urban Studies and Photography

Friday 13.11.2015, 18.00

‘Walking the City’ has been a course that brought together urban practitioners from various backgrounds and courses within EKA as well as outside of it in an effort to introduce the potential of staging urban walks and participatory interventions.

The course revolved around a two-day Tallinn-Maardu-Jägala walk conducted by ‘Stalker’ (Italy) who led 50 students from England, Sweden, Finland and Estonia across the various liminal and peripheral spaces on the way. Based on their experience and findings ‘Walking the City’ participants identified key spatial as well as social issues along the route and mapped possibilities for intervention.

The presentations will showcase the outcome of these participatory urban interventions and offer a platform for discussion on the impact an individual or self-organised groups can have on perceived space.

The presentations will take place this Friday, 13.11.2015 at 18.00 at the Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Architecture. The address is Pikk tn. 20, Tallinn 10133, 3rd floor.

All are welcome!

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WALKING IN CIRCLES: A LECTURE BY STALKER—OSSERVATORIO NOMADE

A lecture by Stalker—Osservatorio Nomade (Rome, Italy)
October 29, 2015, 19.00
Faculty of Architecture, Pikk 20, 3rd floor
Stalker is a collective of architects and researchers connected to the Roma Tre University who came together in the mid-1990s. In 2002, Stalker founded the research network Osservatorio Nomade (ON), which consists of architects, artists, activists and researchers working experimentally and engaging in actions to create self-organised spaces and situations.
Stalker have developed a specific methodology of urban research, using participative tools to construct a ‘collective imaginary’ for a place. In particular they have developed the method of collective walking to ‘actuate territories’, which for them is a process of bringing space into being. Stalker carry out their walks in the ‘indeterminate’ or void spaces of the city, which have long been disregarded or considered a problem in traditional architectural practice. Referring to their walking practice as ‘transurbance’, the group views it as a collective mode of expression and a tool for mapping the city and its transformations, of gathering stories, evoking memories and experiences, and immersing themselves with others in a place. They use this knowledge and experience to address urban planning and territorial issues, focusing especially on the interstices of the contemporary city-region. Starting with the edges of the Tiber river on the outskirts of Rome, Stalker have since used this method in many other cities including Milan, Paris, Berlin and Turin.
www.osservatorionomade.net
Giulia Fiocca
Architect, indipendent researcher and activist on urban and social trasformation focusing on the marginal realities and communities, leftover spaces, informal urbanism and self-organised social and cultural practices. Based in Rome. Studies among Rome, Vienna and Barcelona (Master ‘Metropolis’ in Architecture and Urban Culture at UPC). Since 2006 part of Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade partecipating several projects: Campagnaromana (2006), Rieres//Rambles in Barcelona (2006), Campus Rom: learning from Roma people and back (Rome, Serbia and Macedonia) (2006-08). Since 2009 promoting with Lorenzo Romito Primaveraromana, a Common Design Project for Social Chance in Rome. Visiting professor at architecture faculty, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2010). Co-founder of Stalker Walking School (2012).
Lorenzo Romito
Indipendent researcher on urban changes, artist and activist.Architect (1997), prix de Rome, Academie de France, Villa Medici, Rome (2000-1). Co -founder of Stalker in 1995 (www.stalkerlab.org), Osservatorio Nomade in 2001 (www.osservatorionomade.net), Primaveraromana in 2009 (primaveraromana.wordpress.com). Stalker Walking School in 2012 (walkingoutofcontemporary.com). Under those firms the work has been exposed and published worldwide.
Teaching experiences, walks, seminars and workshops with several schools including T.U. Delft, I.U.A.V. Venezia, H.E.A.D. Geneve, Parsons, the New School of Design New York, H.F.G. Karlsruhe, E.T.H. Zurich, Roma Tre Univ.
Aldo Innocenzi, was born in 1964 in Rome, where he lives and works. In 1995 he was among the founders of Stalker / ON. His work is centered on the creation of situations, which may favor changes in the urban fabric. Through strategies of participatory planning, his work re-qualifies spaces, relations and political practice.
Among his works: Stalker attraverso i territori dell’attuale (Roma,1995), Ararat-Campo Boario (Roma, 1999-2002), Immaginare Corviale (Roma, 2004-2006), Savorengo ker(Roma, 2008-2009), Museo Relazionale (Genazzano, 2012).
Pia Livia Di Tardo
Designer for public communications, specializing in graphic arts and visual communications. Di Tardo has a Law degree, and a Master’s degree in Multimedia Design from IED in Rome. She is Coordinator for public communications and web design for the Strategic Plan for the Metropolis and Region of Bari, Puglia, Italy.
Visual-graphic and web designer for the Laboratory of Urban Art Stalker / ON Rome, collaborated with the Faculty of Architecture of Roma Tre, the University IUAV of Venice (Arts and Design) and in the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and Frosinone.

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