Spatial planning of Settlements and Practices of Designing Public Places


One of the main research and development areas of the Faculty of Architecture is concerned with the analysis and planning of the spatial structure of human settlements and built environments. The research and development work is primarily aimed at its application thus providing recommendations for the reorganisation of spatial environments. If research is largely focussed on the analysis of the existing spatial situations, then development is primarily aimed at the improvement of spatial design methods and processes.

Ongoing projects:

City Unfinished. Urban Planning Visions and Spatial Scenarios of Tallinn

The aim of the broad-based research study was to establish the qualities of a good and liveable city in the 21st century and how it could be manifested in the urban development in Tallinn. The study focused on the following topics: planning practices, pre-fabricated panel districts in Tallinn and Lasnamäe, the green and blue networks in Tallinn, Tallinn as a polycentric city or the centres of Tallinn, the uncomputed city and the future scenarios for Tallinn. The three-year research project will be completed with an exhibition and a publication in 2021.

Head of research area: Toomas Tammis

Members of the research and development group: Andres Alver, Johan Tali, Kalle Komissarov, Renee Puusepp, Raul Kalvo, Douglas Gordon, Katrin Koov, Eve Komp, Siiri Vallner, Indrek Peil

Project duration: 2016-2020

Funding: Kapitel Eesti AS

Completed projects:

Possibilities for solving the task of directing settlement development in county plans

Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training – research

Future models of life in low-density areas

An analysis of the spatial solution in and around Tallinn Bus Station

A study of the collective farm areas of the comprehensive plan of Järva municipality. Living models in rural areas

“39 Town Halls” – a study of a large-scale multifunctional building. Research of the impact of a public building on an urban space.

Preliminary studies for the areas of Tallinn-Balti and Tallinn-Kopli railway stations

Analysis of the urban space in Pärnu

The research on planning by MA graduates of Architecture and Urban Design


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Posted by Kris Haamer