Urban Study of the Baltic and Cargo Station Areas of Estonian Railways

Balti Station
Today, as the whole world becomes more and more mobile and a pandemic can shut it down, railway stations are not only places to change modes of transport, but also to do work and business, get together, shop and relax. Stations are also important as catalysts for urban development processes and as a bridge between different parts of the city. The aim of the study was to look at modern transport problems and opportunities on the example of Balti and Kaubajaama stations. As the study was conducted before the global closure, the continuation of this work also wants to look at the effects of the pandemic on movement and traffic.   In the course of the study, an overview was given of the historical development of the railway network, its planning in Tallinn and more generally. Existing plans and projects were mapped and an initial assessment of their potential was made. As case studies, similar examples were collected and analyzed comparatively. The possibilities of railway station properties were also mapped and analyzed. Workshops were organized to problematize the observed areas.   The study was compiled by the Faculty of Architecture of EAA, Dean Andres Ojari, Prof. Andres Alver, Prof. Veljo Kaasik, Prof. Toomas Tammis, researchers Dr. Renee Puusepp, Martin Melioranski and Raul Kalvo participated in the research. The amount of background material of the research was combined into one whole and edited by Dr. Jüri Soolep. Paco Ulman, Kadi Põldoja, Mihkel Kõrvits, Anna Semjonova and Oliver Alver participated in the workshops by the Tallinn City Government Planning Board and also Artur Raichmann and Margus Tint by Estonian Railways.   Client and financier: Eesti Raudtee   Period: February – May 2020
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