The access to the seaside has been interdicted for almost a century by military occupations and industrial uses. Still today, after the independence from the Soviet Union, the regeneration of the waterfront represents one of the most challenging issues for urban planners in the City of Tallinn. After 1991 different plans have been initiated for the Opening of the city to the seaside, with different outcomes. It is only in 2011, however, that the waterfront became concretely accessible with the realization of the Cultural Kilometre and other projects within the of Tallinn Capital of Culture programme. Plans initiated by private developers have been controversial and caused strong opposition from locals associations and urban activism groups.
This dissertation introduces a method for the evaluation of proposed plans and an alternative approach for the regeneration of the waterfront of the City of Tallinn. Spatial analyses are performed on the current urban morphology to establish a benchmark for the assessment of detail plans currently approved and proposed, providing a constructive criticism and the starting points for alternative strategies. In the framework of participatory planning, a regeneration plan will be proposed, borrowing fundamental concepts of planning theory and making use of rigorous and established Space Syntax methods to initiate the design process.
The primary target is to collect and make accessible material that is relevant for the urban and traffic planning professionals, politicians and other project partners, concerned with the development of Helsinki Region, Tallinn Region and the common issues between the two.
Responsible for this knowledge platform project: Damiano Cerrone
Research: Helen Pau & Damiano Cerrone
Supervisor: Prof. Panu Lehtovuori
This online visualization of the database, is realized by Helsinki-Tallinn Euregio IT Experts
This project was financed by Interreg IVA programme as a knowledge platform for Helsinki Tallinn transportation and Planning scenarios project.
by Damiano Cerrone & Daniele Giovannini
presented at Von Finster vernissage. Hildesheim 24 November 2011
Darkness and cold. Two fundamental elements that make the open air public space of a city just a place where to pass by when going from one place to another. Roads get crowded only for their primal function of connectivity, and people keep walking on these channels as the blind, rushing to get in the next bar and get warm. Squares are just a meeting points, an empty space to cross, venues for tourists.
Our idea is about challenging the cold creating an open public space which can be used “at night” at cost-zero. We use simple lights not for illumination purposes but to smoothly define a “recreational space” where one can take a break during a walk and or stop there, experiencing the space and performing some activity in order to have fun and fighting cold.
In Hildesheim we thought about the role of kids in a dark city as they are mostly warned to “don’t play out when darkness comes” and the night here comes at 5pm during the winter. Yet we tried to provide a fun-scape at the local recreational space of the primary school, encouraging kids to come out with their families to play at night, when led lights ribbons are shining and the city has the very different look. This way we may give the possibility for kids to experience the city in the time they are used to spend indoor and giving lights to the games they used to play.
Regardless our effort to stimulate the use of public space at night, at the opening of the vernissage we saw appearing a big yellow sign on the recreational space saying: ACHTUNG! KUNST (Watch out! art) and next another signs reminding that: Kids are forbidden to use the recreational space until the lights are on it.
Still, more effort must be done.