PRELIMINARY LIST OF MOBILE WORKSHOPS
Registration for mobile workshops begins in May 2022
SUPILINN DISTRICT – A STORY OF GENTRIFICATION IN POST-SOVIET ESTONIA
Supilinn, located in the immediate vicinity of the city centre, is a unique place where the city, the countryside, and nature meet. Supilinn, formed in the middle of the 18th century, is Tartu's historical district. It used to be the slum and suburb of Tartu. Unique wooden houses in different colours, green gardens, River Emajõgi, and the frog pond are all part of the identity and community of Supilinn. Gentrification is bringing about rapid change to the neighborhood. Learn about the challenges and opportunities facing the area
TARTU AS A HISTORICAL UNIVERSITY TOWN
Tartu University, first established in 1632, is one of the oldest universities in northern Europe. In time, other schools and universities have found a place in Tartu and over centuries the city has become a hub of science and education, with up to 1/7 of the town’s population being students and scholars. In addition to contributing to the feel and mindset of the town, the university has had an enormous impact on the city’s architecture and development. This workshop takes us to the various university buildings all throughout Tartu, visiting both the historical ensemble that embodies the ideas of a university in the Age of Enlightenment as well as more modern complexes and new campuses.
Louis Höflinger - Tartu Art Museum
STREET ART TOUR IN KARLOVA
Tartu, even though a small city, is well known for its high quality colourful, satirical and political street art. Exploring this fascinating phenomenon that has turned a small bohemian university town into Estonian street art capital, provides an interesting insight into the urban scene of the city. This workshop guides participants into the cozy wooden neighbourhood of Karlova, which is an historic district of Tartu, currently home to Tartu’s art schools. The tour explores both the history of this beautiful district as well as the lively street art adorning the buildings, fences and forgotten corners of this neighbourhood.
SMARTENCITY PROJECT – TURNING OLD SOVIET BLOCKS INTO A SMART CITY
SmartEnCity is an international project which aims to develop a smart and economic urban environment using Smart Zero Carbon City as its main base concept. Tartu, as one one of the pilot cities in the project, is turning the city’s Khrushchyovkas (typical low quality soviet apartment blocks) into so-called smartovkas. This entails reconstruction of the buildings, as well as providing innovative solutions in transport, street lighting, cooling and heating. This tour will take participants on a stroll around the smartovka neighbourhoods, providing insight into how this project is managed, how the process has been carried out and what could other cities learn from Tartu’s experience.
RAADI DISTRICT – HOW TO RETURN A FORMER SOVIET AIRFIELD TO THE CITY
During the Soviet period, the former grounds of Raadi manor became home to a heavily guarded Soviet military airfield. As such, a large part of the Raadi district, located just a mere few km from the Tartu city center, was cut off from urban development and remained practically untouched even years after Estonia’s re-independence and the subsequent abandonment of the airfield. However, the days of Raadi as an uninhabited brownfield are nearing their end. With the new complex of Estonian National Museum showing the way, various real-estate developments are slowly starting to close in, as more people are realizing the potential the area holds. Join us on a walk around the Raadi district as we explore its colorful history, experience firsthand the slightly apocalyptic landscapes the soviet military left behind right next to a historic university town and try to understand the reasons and meanings behind how Raadi has been perceived historically and what the district’s future might hold.
SETOMAA – WHERE EAST MEETS WEST
Throughout history the Seto people have inhabited this far south-eastern corner of Estonia, with parts of the territory extending to nowadays’ Russia. Setomaa has always been a borderland and its unique culture has formed with influences from both Estonia and Russia. This remoteness has had its advantages with many of the ancient customs still being alive today, but on the flipside of the coin, it also means that in times of trouble, Setomaa has often been left to its own devices. In current times, the Seto people have been divided by a border and with the political relations between countries being tense, this has affected the whole cultural area. Our trip takes us to this fascinating part of Estonia to experience its culture, cuisine and landscapes as well as the UNESCO singsong heritage, but also to understand how a people on the border of two nations have survived and what struggles they have had to overcome.
BOG SHOE HIKE IN A NATURE RESERVE
Almost a quarter of Estonia is covered in various wetlands – mires, lakes, swamp forests, springs and rivers. Alam-Pedja nature reserve, one of the largest in the country, offers us a chance to experience these untouched bogs, dense forests, meandering rivers and flood-meadows firsthand. Our trip takes us literally off the beaten path, as we exchange our footwear for bog shoes to see these ancient bog landscapes from a completely new perspective, all the while discussing their origins, present and future and (hopefully) picking some local berries on our way. The second part of the tour looks into the everyday life of a small village hidden deep in this wilderness called Palupõhja, where we learn more about how people have survived in these remote areas for hundreds of years.
THE HISTORIC VALGA-VALKA TWIN CITY AND NEW URBAN SPACES IN SMALL ESTONIAN TOWNS
This tour takes us through the Southern Estonian towns of Elva and Tõrva, where we have the opportunity to visit the newly built central squares, which were a part of the architectural program for celebrating Estonia’s 100th anniversary and aim to bring high quality urban spaces into small towns. After this we reach Valga, to take part of a city tour exploring the interesting history and sights of the historic Valga-Valka twin city. Two countries – Estonia and Latvia – will be visited. During the tour, we will explore historic buildings and monuments and visit museums, as well as take a stroll on Valga’s central square which was also part of the Estonia 100 arhitecture program. The City Architect for Valga will talk about the urban space, housing, and development in a shrinking city and the interventions necessary to improve city life.
BARGE TRIP ON LAKE PEIPUS
Barges were a specific type of timber vessels, used for transporting goods from Hanseatic days until the mid-20th century. The Jõmmu barge is a reconstruction of these old ships and now offers unique trips and a chance to experience Estonian landscapes from a different point of view. This trip takes us through untouched boglands to one of the largest lakes in Europe, Lake Peipus, which lies on the border of Estonia and Russia. We get a better understanding of what was the role of Tartu in the medieval trade routes, how the relations between Russia and Estonia affect the area today and what could be the future for these waterways.
PEIPSIVEER CULTURAL SPACE: ONION VILLAGES AND THE OLD BELIEVERS
The shores of Lake Peipus in East-Estonia have for centuries been the home of the Old Believers – religious refugees who opposed the official teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church and settled in Estonia in the 17th century. The villages of the old believers, the so called onion villages, are situated next to each other, forming a colourful, meandering chain on the shores of lake Peipus. Many old ways of life still survive in these rural villages to this day with growing onions (amongst other fresh produce) and fishing in the lake Peipus being an important part of local identity. On this tour we visit these quaint little villages, getting a glimpse into the everyday life, traditions and cultural attractions of the area. But in addition to the fairytale-like aesthetics, we also get a better understanding what problems the overall depopulation of rural areas poses on these fascinating communities.