The Estonian Academy of Arts is carrying out the project ‘EKA LOOVKÄRG (EKA CREATIVE CLUSTER) – the Estonian study and research centre for visual and spatial culture’ within the framework of ‘The institutional development programme for research and development and higher education institutions’ activity of the ‘Enhancement of the international competitiveness of Estonian R&D and participation in pan-European research initiatives’ measure.

The aim of the EKA LOOVKÄRG project is to increase the competitiveness of the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) and its ability to serve society within its main areas of responsibility and growth areas of smart specialisation. A world-class academic, research and creative environment that is equipped with modern technology and ideas and one that combines the specialities of visual and spatial culture will be created in the course of this project. EKA LOOVKÄRG will contribute to raising the efficiency of the higher education system in Estonia by bringing together all the EKA structural units and the necessary infrastructure in a cost-effective research and academic building that has an integrated architectural programme. This will create opportunities for more efficient and better-functioning academic, training, research and development work in disciplines that model the cultural space and living environment by engaging with interest groups from various fields.

The project will result in a contemporary centre of excellence in Tallinn that serves both students and researchers, as well as society in general. The physical environment of the centre will be the new EKA research and academic building in Tallinn located at Kotzebue 1/Põhja pst 7, which will include spaces necessary for EKA’s academic and research work and spaces that serve the public, including an up-to-date infrastructure and academic structure that will guarantee consistent and effective functioning of the institution and efficient use of its resources. The new environment will allow EKA to offer academic services in the field of visual and spatial culture (including efficient, high-level doctoral studies that meet the requirements of the labour market) and carry out research and development projects in collaboration with companies and other partners both in EKA’s areas of responsibility and other growth areas of smart specialisation.

In addition, an outside work area for students at Kotzebue 6 and 6A will be built for large-scale work with additional parking spaces for 21 cars.

Smaller building at Kotzebue 10, which will be built as part of the project, will have four floors and 1,066 square meters of net space, where there will be a VR studio, a materials laboratory, a digital printing workshop, a warehouse, a room for large-scale projects, a welding corner, a painting corner, a manager’s room, a 3D printing and laser room, eight workplaces, four lecture rooms, several kitchens and a sauna.

The project is realised with the support of the European Regional Development Fund.

The project is implemented in two subprojects:

‘EKA LOOVKÄRG – the Estonian study and research centre for visual and spatial culture (project for content activities)’ (2014-2020.4.01.16-0045) with European Regional Development Fund support of (with state support) 1 688 493,56 euros

‘EKA LOOVKÄRG – the Estonian study and research centre for visual and spatial culture (investment project)’ (2014-2020.4.01.16-0044) with European Regional Development Fund support of (with state support) 15 506 570,26 euros

‘EKA LOOVKÄRG continuation project’ (2014-2020.4.01.20-0288), woth European Regional Development Fund support of (with state support) 232 718,48 euros

More info:

Sven Idarand
E-mail: sven.idarand@artun.ee
Tel.: 626 7108

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