Contemporary Positions in Interior Design Theory

The conference Interior – inferior – in theory? Contemporary positions in interior design theory brings together interior design researchers and educators from different countries to discuss contemporary theoretical positions within/about the discipline.

Program

What constitutes interior design/interior architecture? How may interior design’s relationship to architecture and design be defined and reflected theoretically? How is this discipline, which for decades has been classified as “emerging“ or “relatively young”, taught, researched and understood professionally in different countries? How has this changed over time?

Taking theory building to be one of the most important acts of defining a discipline, the conference wants to draw connections between interior design theory and its historiography, historical research in interior design/interior architecture, and disciplinary conceptions as they are embodied in interior design programs and professional institutions in different countries.

Given interior design’s status as an “emerging“ discipline, often taught only at universities of applied sciences or, in some countries, not even established as a university subject, the title “Interior – inferior – in theory?“ refers to the notion that interior design lacks a historically grown body of research and, especially, a theory of its own, and instead largely relies on architecture and design theory.

Instead of continuing to rely on related discipline’s definitions, which result in a definition ex negativo, the conference aims to support the current trend of establishing a body of theory for the discipline that is its own.

23.02 – 27.05.2018

From 23 February, the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design will host an exhibition about one of the most contradictory and complex decades in Estonian design – the 1980s. The exhibition focuses on the representatives of the then emerging younger generation of designers and their creative output. It is the first large exhibition focusing on that decade in Estonian design.

“New Pain” (Uus Vaev) is a phrase from the early 1980s that was employed to mock the increasingly commercial and apolitical New Wave movement in the West. It was also used as a device to subvert Soviet authority in Estonia during the last decade under Communist rule.
The Estonian designers who emerged from this period of ideological polarization and within a failing authoritarian system were operating in circumstances very different from their Western counterparts. In denouncing the failings and hostility of the environment in which they found themselves, young Estonian designers set out to formulate their own. They were inspired and strengthened by a collective rebelliousness, and a shared enthusiasm for popular culture and interdisciplinary experimentation.
Drawing on hybrid activities, which included performance, conceptual art, music and film among others, they expressed the identity of the new generation through projects, events and a highly visible series of exhibitions in which the ideas of the city and urban design, interior architecture and product design, furniture design and poster design were brought together.
This exhibition maps the context and strategies of this period and the network of its participants. It brings together design and art works including previously unpublished material and new research on this complex and under-explored decade.

The exhibition is the outcome of a research project initiated by Jüri Kermik and focuses on the departure points and ideas that emerged on the little-explored and complex design landscape of the last decade of the Soviet era. It considers the traceability and significance of these ideas in the transition from one political order to another, illustrating these connections in the context of the formation of the environment, and as a process of overcoming the conflicts between imagination and reality. The exhibition is supported by the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

In May 2018, the museum will publish a collection of articles based on the research carried out in this project.

The exhibition will remain open until 27 May 2018.

The exhibition includes work by fifty designers, among them Malle Agabuš, Margus Haavamägi, Aleksander Jakovlev, Eero Jürgenson, Tiit Jürna, Katrin Kask, Mari Kaljuste, Jüri Kass, Mari Kurismaa, Leonardo Meigas, Taso Mähar, Toivo Raidmets, Tõnu Riit, Taimi Soo, Matti Õunapuu and Silver Vahtre.

The displayed items are from the collections of the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Museum of Estonian Architecture and the National Library of Estonia, private collections and the archives of designers.

Curator of the exhibition: Jüri Kermik

Graphic design for the exhibition: Stuudio Stuudio
Exhibition design: Karin Harkmaa and Ilmar Valdur, 3+1 Architects
Exhibition team: Kai Lobjakas, Ketli Tiitsar, Toomas Übner, Ago Märjama
Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Association of Interior Architects

THE 2017 ESTONIAN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS CEREMONY
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8TH AT 8 P.M. 
VABA LAVA, TELLISKIVI CREATIVE CITY.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2017 WINNERS OF THE ANNUAL AWARDS ISSUED BY

THE ESTONIAN ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS,
THE ESTONIAN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS’ UNION,
THE ESTONIAN ASSOCIATION OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTS, AND
THE ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION OF THE CULTURAL ENDOWMENT OF ESTONIA.

AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY NOMINEES FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS ONLINE AT WWW.ARHITEKTUURIPREEMIAD.EE.

THE EVENING WILL BE HOSTED BY

MARKUS HABAKUKK AND JÜRGEN GANSEN (THEATRE KELM).

THE YEAR-END ARCHITECTURAL PARTY WILL CONTINUE AT 11 P.M. WITH

ARCHITECTIKS – DJS SANDER MÖLDER AND PEETER EHALA!

THE DOORS OPEN AT 7 PM.

dress code: smart casual

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Chief sponsor: Eesti Kultuurkapital

Main sponsors: Fagerhult and Geberit

Sponsors: E-Betoonelement, E-Lux Kodutehnika, Extery, Floorin, Hals Interiors, Interno Plaadimaja, Jung, Lincona Konsult, Plaadipunkt, Puustelli, Svensky Kaubandus, VBH Estonia, Vitra Bathroom Culture, Wermstock

Tickets available at Piletilevi

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition “Classics. Helle and Taevo Gans” on Friday, 17 November, at 5 p.m.

The exhibition will be open until 11 February 2018

Symposium of Interior Architecture and Spatial Use
Luzern, Switzerland

Former factory buildings are transformed into housing. An old garage becomes a restaurant with a cinema and an exhibition space. A former indoor swimming pool and a heating plant are transformed into revitalised cultural centres. What becomes of space when it is stripped to its bareness, reduced to its naked core and opened up to new possibilities?

The SISU 2017 symposium will focus on re-use of interior space and community-driven redesign processes. The symposium will shed light on the question, how interior architecture is able to create an identity for naked space while ‘re-dressing’ it, and how this can contribute new value to the whole neighbourhood. What are our needs today and how does it influence the re-purposing process? How can we investigate the space inside the buildings of the past?

SISU will approach these questions across different disciplines including interior architects/designers, architects, filmmakers, academics and students from different cultures for the first time in parallel in Switzerland and in Estonia.

The Estonian Association of Interior Architects, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art / School of Engineering and Architecture, the Estonian Academy of Arts / Department of Interior Architecture and the Association of Swiss Interior Architects have the honour of inviting You to the 4th International Interior Architecture Symposium SISU “Naked Space” on 7th and 8th June 2017 at Neubad, Luzerne, Switzerland and/or simultaneously to a Mobile classroom created by the students of the Department of Interior Architecture of the EAA in Tallinn, Estonia.

Save the dates and join us in this multicultural exploration of naked space!

The programme and registration http://sisu.esl.ee

Join SISU news at
www.facebook.com/symposiumSISU/

Curators
Sibylla Amstutz (Lucerne) and Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla (Tallinn)

Project Manager
Kairi Rand
kairi@esl.ee

Communications
Solveig Jahnke
solveig.jahnke@artun.ee

Symposium of Interior Architecture and Spatial Use
Tallinn, Estonia

Former factory buildings are transformed into housing. An old garage becomes a restaurant with a cinema and an exhibition space. A former indoor swimming pool and a heating plant are transformed into revitalised cultural centres. What becomes of space when it is stripped to its bareness, reduced to its naked core and opened up to new possibilities?

The SISU 2017 symposium will focus on re-use of interior space and community-driven redesign processes. The symposium will shed light on the question, how interior architecture is able to create an identity for naked space while ‘re-dressing’ it, and how this can contribute new value to the whole neighbourhood. What are our needs today and how does it influence the re-purposing process? How can we investigate the space inside the buildings of the past?

SISU will approach these questions across different disciplines including interior architects/designers, architects, filmmakers, academics and students from different cultures for the first time in parallel in Switzerland and in Estonia.

The Estonian Association of Interior Architects, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Art / School of Engineering and Architecture, the Estonian Academy of Arts / Department of Interior Architecture and the Association of Swiss Interior Architects have the honour of inviting You to the 4th International Interior Architecture Symposium SISU “Naked Space” on 7th and 8th June 2017 at Neubad, Luzerne, Switzerland and/or simultaneously to a Mobile classroom created by the students of the Department of Interior Architecture of the EAA in Tallinn, Estonia.

Save the dates and join us in this multicultural exploration of naked space!

The programme and registration
http://sisu.esl.ee

Join SISU news at
www.facebook.com/symposiumSISU/
Curators
Sibylla Amstutz (Lucerne) and Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla (Tallinn)

Project Manager
Kairi Rand
kairi@esl.ee

Communications
Solveig Jahnke
solveig.jahnke@artun.ee

On the 18th of May at 6 pm as a part of the Open Lecture series TTK Architecture Institute welcomes you to the lecture of Patrick Hwang, architect and a full-time scholar of Chinese University of Hong Kong.

His professional experience has been with numerous award winning firms in New York and Los Angeles including Gehry Partners and Rafael Viñoly Architects. He is a Professional Consultant at Chinese University of Hong Kong, teaches design studios, theory and criticism and plays a leading role in Thesis Project. He received BArch and BFA the Rhode Island School of Design and AAD from Columbia University in New York. Currently he serves as a visiting faculty at the Delft University of Technology in the Chair of Architecture & Public Buildings.

In this lecture Hwang aims to offer a pedagogical framework for the challenges of the contemporary architecture. Deterritorialization is the norm to practice today – it is not an exception but an expectation. Students of architecture will either work in an unfamiliar territory or with unknown locations. What and how should we convery the knowledge in this “flat” world? If the end is to become an architect, is building design the only legitimate means for learning? Or is the end about producing students with architectural intelligence and skills that are transportable?

The lecture is held in English, free of charge.
For further information about Patrick Hwang:
http://www.HLArchitects.net/

“Architecture and Materiality: From Vitruvius to the Digital Era”. Open Lecture by Antoine Picon

On May 11th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the faculty of architecture will be happy to present architect and historian researching the history of architecture and urban technologies, Antoine Picon, at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Open Lectures are open to all architecture and design students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial and design matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

Antoine Picon is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Director of Research at the Harvard GSD and Director of Research at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris. Trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, Picon works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present. He has published extensively on this subject.

Four of his books are devoted to the transition from early-modern societies to the industrial era.
With La Ville territoire des cyborgs (1998), Picon began to investigate the changes brought to cities and architecture by the development of digital tools and digital culture.
His three most recent books are dealing extensively with this question. Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Profession (2010) offers a comprehensive overview of this important transition. Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity (2013) focuses on the “return” of ornament in digital architecture to further the investigation. Finally, Smart Cities: A Spatialised Intelligence (2015) discusses its impact on cities.

About Antoine Picon: http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/person/antoine-picon/

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department. All lectures are in English and free of charge.
Series is curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee

More info: Pille Epner / arhitektuur@artun.ee / +372 642 0071

On April 27th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present Los Angeles based architect M. Casey Rehm at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Open Lectures are open to all architecture and design, IT and robotics, but also fine arts students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial, urban and design matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

M. Casey Rehm founded his design and algorithmic consulting studio to explore the area spanning from architectural design and interactive media to robotic software development, data visualization and algorithmic consulting. The studio currently focuses on projects driven by the use of non-human intelligent agents to mediate and amplify the relationship between the digital, analog, and the human. Rehm’s lecture in Tallinn will discuss Kinch’s interest in the role non-human intelligences and contemporary developments in automation can inform new aesthetics and reshape the practice of design; he will present a series of research lines ranging from media, robotics, and pavilion design and construction.

M. Casey Rehm received a MSAAD from Columbia University in 2009 and his BARCH from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He has over 10 years of architectural experience, working for firms in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and London prior to opening Kinch. Currently he teaches design studios and seminars in architecture, programming and robotics in design at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.

More on M. Casey Rehm: http://kinch-d.com/

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts faculty of architecture. All lectures are in English and free of charge.

Series is curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee

More info: Pille Epner
arhitektuur@artun.ee
+372 642 0071

Designing with Demons. Open lecture by Rachel Armstrong

On March 30th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present Newcastle-based architect and academic Rachel Armstrong at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Armstrong focusses on living architecture and believes that to improve sustainability, we should connect our buildings to the nature, not cut them off from it, and will in her lecture focus on what it means to design for a lively unpredictable world. What happens when a city starts to grow the same way nature does? Open Lectures are open to all architecture and design students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial and design matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University and an internationally acclaimed academic and pioneer in innovating environmental solutions and interdisciplinary practice. She designs and engineers architectural applications in the built environment, which are based on the properties of life-like chemical and biological systems. She produces prototypes that have been internationally exhibited at festivals such as the Venice Biennale (2010; 2015), which demonstrate how it may be possible to harness the properties of living systems to address environmental solutions. She also consults with industry to advise on convergent technologies and low carbon solutions.

She is also a 2010 Senior TED Fellow who is establishing an alternative approach to sustainability that couples with the computational properties of the natural world to develop a 21st century production platform for the built environment, which she calls ‘living’ architecture.

Armstrong is looking into Tallinn more deeply this year also in connection with the Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2017, due to being on the jury of the international TAB Vision Competition, which focusses on Paljassaare Peninsula area and ends on 25th April 2017.

At the Open Lecture Series internationally renowned architects, artists, theoreticians, critics and urbanists from all around the globe give talks to offer fresh perspectives on architecture, design, urban development and critical thought. The lectures are open to everyone interested in the future of our living environment. The lectures are held in English, free of charge.

More on Rachel Armstrong: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/staff/profile/rachelarmstrong3.html and https://www.ted.com/speakers/rachel_armstrong

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department. All lectures are in English and free of charge.
Series is curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee
https://www.facebook.com/EKAarhitektuur/

On March 2nd at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present Belgian architect and designer Isaïe Bloch at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Bloch is the founder of Eragatory which is a creative company with a focus on design for 3D printing and Creative fabrication. Bloch explores the impact of digital craftsmanship on a large range of disciplines including architecture, plastic arts, fashion and design. Open Lectures are open to all architecture and design students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial and design matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

Eragatory aims to produce work that embodies crafted digital eclecticism through an engagement with both new digital design processes and the the oldest of manufacturing techniques and vice versa. The work of the practice has been published internationally in Karl Lagerfeld’s and Carine Roitfeld’s “The Little Black Jacket” and Lucy Johnston’s “Digital handmade : craftsmanship in the new Industrial Revolution” (Thames and Hudson, 2015). Bloch has also been exhibited widely, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the FRAC Centre Orleans, SHOWcabinet London and at the Experimental Architecture Biennial Prague, and is simultaneously lecturing Architectural design at the Bartlett UCL and UEL in London.

More on Isaïe Bloch: http://www.eragatory.com/

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department. All lectures are in English and free of charge.
Series is curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee
https://www.facebook.com/EKAarhitektuur/
More info: Pille Epner / arhitektuur@artun.ee / +372 642 0071

What strings architecture, economy, robotics & modernity together? Open Lecture by Jelle Feringa

On February 16th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the Faculty of Architecture will be happy to present Dutch architect Jelle Feringa at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). For the last few years, Feringa has been working on projects that try to harness the full potential of robots in architecture, building up Danish architectural robotics company Odico. In Tallinn, Feringa will talk about the changes that robotics are bringing to architecture and to the cities around us. In the future, what will the role of the architect be? Open Lectures are open to all architecture students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

In addition to the open lecture, Feringa will give a small workshop in Tallinn on the following day, focussing on introducing students to the new robot of the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department and testing its capabilities. “This is one of the most important issues of contemporary architecture: how to transfer digital information into physical material without compromising the geometry and spatial structure and yet with obtainable financial and time resources. Using robots is one of the ways to make sure geometrically intricate spaces and shapes can be transferred from digital world into our daily material experiences,” explains Dean of Faculty of Architecture Toomas Tammis.

Jelle is co-founder and CTO at Odico formwork robotics the first factory to specialize in architectural robotics. He is co-founder of EZCT Architecture & Design Research The work of the office is widely exhibited, exhibitions include the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Archilab, Orléans, Barbican Gallery, London Design, Miami/Basel and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Jelle is a PhD candidate at the Hyperbody research group, TU Delft. His efforts in architectural robotics, both industrial and experimental are currently on display at the Zaha Hadid gallery in London, as part of the Meta Utopia exposition.

More about Odico: http://www.odico.dk/

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department. All lectures are in English and free of charge.

Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee
https://www.facebook.com/EKAarhitektuur/

More info: Pille Epner / arhitektuur@artun.ee / +372 642 0071

Thursday 9th of February 4 pm will mark the return of the WILD TALKS series of the interior architecture department. Everyone is warmly welcome to listen to architect and environmental artist Marco Casagrande, the director of Casagrande Laboratory – an internationally operating, multidisciplinary architecture and innovation company based in Helsinki Finland. Marco works with architectural, environmental, urban, social, research and educational projects generating new knowledge building on the field of built human environment – human nature as part of nature.His Urban Acupuncture theory combines urban planning with traditional Chinese medical theory of acupuncture, and this is what he will focus on in Tallinn.

“Urban acupuncture is an architectural manipulation of the collective sensory intelligence. The city is a multi-dimensional organism with sensitive energies, a living natural environment whose points of contact – the energy flows beneath the visual city – are sought out by urban acupuncture. Both architecture and environmental art are in a position to produce the needles. A weed which plants its roots in the smallest crack in the asphalt can eventually ruin the city. Urban acupuncture is the weed and the acupuncture point is the crack. The ruin, a man-made process, returns to being part of nature.” – Marco Casagrande

The speakers of the WILD TALKs series could be characterised by two main threads of action. Some of them have created as much havoc as an elk would, wandering into a city, just by ignoring general customs and habits. Others have unearthed things about life by closely studying the periphery. Summing this up, we believe that these speakers have the potential to spark inspiration in not only interior architecture students, but anyone with any relationship to space around them.

Our friends from Hi Matcha will also be present serving their green tee which is rich from natural energy. The event takes place with much appreciated support from the Finnish Institute and Estonian Cultural Endowment.

All WILD TALKs will be in English

Design : Stella Skulatšjova

This Thursday, February 2nd at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present architect Martin Tamke at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Tamke is Associate Professor at the Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) in Copenhagen. He is pursuing a design-led research in the interface and implications of computational design and its materialization. In addition to giving a lecture, Tamke visits Tallinn to participate in the jury of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB installation programme, which is about to select the winner of the 2017 competition. Open Lectures are open to all architecture students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

Tamke joined the newly founded research centre CITA in 2006 and shaped its design based research practice. Projects on new design and fabrication for wood and fibre based materials led to a series of research projects and digitally fabricated demonstrators that explore an architectural practice engaged with bespoke materials and behaviour. He initiated and conducts research projects in the emerging field of digital production in building industry and architectural computation. The research connects academic and industrial partners from architecture and engineering, computer and material science and the crafts. Currently he is involved in the Danish funded 4 year Complex Modelling research project and the adapt-r and InnoChain PhD research networks.

CITA is an innovative research environment exploring the intersections between architecture and digital technologies. Identifying core research questions into how space and technology can be probed, CITA investigates how the current forming of a digital culture impacts on architectural thinking and practice.

CITA examines how architecture is influenced by new digital design- and production tools as well as the digital practices that are informing our societies culturally, socially and technologically. Using design and practice based research methods, CITA works through the conceptualisation, design and realisation of working prototypes. CITA is highly collaborative with both industry and practice creating new collaborations with interdisciplinary partners from the fields of computer graphics, human computer interaction, robotics, artificial intelligence as well as the practice based fields of furniture design, fashion and textiles, industrial design, film, dance and interactive arts.

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.
Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee
https://www.facebook.com/EKAarhitektuur/

More info:
Lisainfo:
Pille Epner
arhitektuur@artun.ee
+372 642 0071

21st to 22nd Jan, 2017 the next Garage48 event titled THE GARAGE will take place in Tallinn!

The interior architecture department of the Estonian Academy of Arts is happy to host the space design oriented hackathon, inviting all students of architecture and interior architecture from any school in Estonia as well as urban planning, anthropology, human geography, IxD or urban studies students to take part.

This hackathon is for those of you who like to take things apart, dive into context, inspired by spaces and places, and are not afraid to build and rebuild – but even if you don’t have a garage-related idea ready right now, come and let us inspire you! To take part, register right now:https://goo.gl/ZDsupO

Garage48 THE GARAGE will look at the tiny special spaces scattered in any city in the world, originally planned & built for the sole purpose of keeping cars and other vehicles dry and safe. However, garages never stayed single-purpose in any culture. Garages have been adapted to storage rooms, gaming clubs, tinkering spaces, band rehearsal rooms, and, last but not least, spaces where great ideas are developed (just look at the history of the IT sector, half of it started in garages), etc, etc.

Today, the original use for city centre garages has almost disappeared: our cars are fixed in professional shops and we park on streets or in multi-storey parking garages. The rows of garages still stand, often in prime locations: underused, yet FULL of potential.

Garage48 GARAGE invites students from a number of spatial design and social sciences fields to form teams & hack the garage as a space in a city, exploring the context and spatial potential. By the end of the hackathon, we expect the teams to have discovered alternative uses, tools, urban design ideas to make the best use of garages, in the example of Tallinn.

The hackathon kicks off with idea pitching on the given topic, after which teams are formed, who then have 48 hours to develop a prototype solving a problem they have selected. The whole process is followed closely by mentors, offering feedback and guidance to all teams.

What unites an inmate of the Tallinn prison and a student of the Interior Architecture department? Are the spiritual needs of the inhabitants of Kopli spatially satisfied? Can we play cards with the fundamental human needs? You will get answers to these and other questions this Thursday, January 12th, at 10.00 at the final presentation of the MA course ‘Social and Political Space’, taking place at the Department of the Interior Architecture, Nunne 16, Tallinn. Come and hear/see/ask questions, we welcome all other students, professors or others interested in the topic – and this is also an excellent chance to explore what studying interior architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts is really all about, be it MA or BA programme.

MA course was led by Madli Maruste and Ülar Mark
Students: Kaia Tungal, Tamara Istanbouli, Siim Karro, Hosne Mobarek, Maria Kesküla, Sudi Kroni, Olga Vertjajeva

On December 15th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present designer Julia Körner (Austria/USA). In Tallinn, Körner will share insight into digital design processes and emergent technologies within a series of projects across various scales, including her recent collaborations with Haute Couture Fashion Houses for Paris Fashion weeks.

Open Lectures are open to all architecture students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge: this particular lecture will be especially interesting also for design and fashion design students and professionals.

Julia Körner (b.1984) is founder and principal of JK Design GmbH based in Salzburg, Austria, and holds a lecturer position at the University of California, Los Angeles. She works at the convergence of fashion design, architecture, and industrial design specialising in additive manufacturing and robotic technology. Her work stands out, recognised today at the top level of these disciplines, and has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, at Venice Biennale, Paris Haute Couture and institutions such as MAK Vienna, Belvedere Vienna, FRAC Centre Orleans, BOZAR Brussels and Art Institute of Chicago to name a few. In 2014 she won the Global 3d PrintShow Award in the category “Rising Star”. The constantly intriguing aspect of Julia’s work is the embodiment of a beautiful organic aesthetic.

Born in Salzburg, Austria, she holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Further, she was awarded a Master of Science in emergent technologies and design from the Architectural Association, London. Julia worked with international offices in both New York and London, including Ross Lovegrove Studio. She has been teaching at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Lund University in Sweden and the Architectural Association Visiting School in Paris and Jordan. Recent collaborations for additively manufactured fashion pieces involved Haute Couture fashion designer Iris Van Herpen, and 3D printing company Materialise. In March 2015 she launched her first 3D printed ready-to-wear fashion collection SPOROPHYTE, manufactured by Stratasys Ltd.

More about Julia Körner: http://www.juliakoerner.com/

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.
Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee

More info:
Pille Epner
arhitektuur@artun.ee
+372 642 0071

On December 1st at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present architect Kristy Balliet (BairBalliet) at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Open Lectures are open to all architecture students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

Kristy Balliet is an architectural designer and assistant professor at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. She is currently a design faculty member at SCI-Arc. She is the co-founder of BairBalliet and the co-chair of the Possible Mediums Project – a series of events showcasing design investigations based in speculative architectural mediums. From 2006-2011, Balliet was an assistant professor at The University of Applied Arts, Vienna in Studio Greg Lynn. While there she was the co-creator of the IoA Sliver lecture/gallery series and published the collected work of the studio in Visual Catalog: Greg Lynn’s Studio. She is a graduate of Philadelphia University and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design and has practiced architecture in Philadelphia at Erdy McHenry Architecture. Kristy is currently editing the forthcoming publication Massive Attack, IoA Sliver Lecture Series-Selected Friends and Enemies.

From an interview Kristy Balliet gave to Modelo Blog: “Through several speculative projects, I became fascinated with the idea of looking at architecture primarily through the lens of volume: how architectural materials — walls, floors, grounds — collectively give us volume in architecture. The main design driver within my practice is looking and thinking about architecture through the lens of volumetric relationships. Whether that’s room to room, atrium to larger building context, outdoor room to indoor room — these questions of the relationships between inside/outside, one room to the next become primary questions within my design projects.”

More about Kristy Balliet: http://www.kristyballiet.com/
More about BairBalliet project for La Biennale di Venezia Architecture Exhibition USA pavillion: https://archpaper.com/2016/05/bairballiet-detroit-venice-biennale/

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.
Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee

More info:
Lisainfo:
Pille Epner
arhitektuur@artun.ee
+372 642 0071

On November 17th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture department is happy to welcome on stage of Kanuti Gildi SAAL prof Leon van Schaik from the RMIT University School of Architecture and Design. The Open Lecture series welcomes all architecture students from across Estonia, professionals of the field and general audience interested in architecture.

Professor Leon van Schaik, Innovation Professor of Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, promotes local and international architectural culture. His research focuses on creating and sustaining innovative communities of practice. His practice-based research program for architects and designers has become a ground breaking innovation in architectural education worldwide and an important template for research institutions. This approach considers innovative architectural practice as research in of itself, and has far-reaching consequences for how we view architectural practice in an academic context. Van Schaik was awarded the inaugural Neville Quarry Prize for Architectural Education and has been recognised an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his services to both architecture and education. Writings include monographs compiled on Edmond and Corrigan, Ushida Findlay, Guilford Bell, Tom Kovac, Poetics in Architecture, The Guthrie Pavilion, The Practice of Practice, and Sean Godsell. Publications include Mastering Architecture (2005), Design City Melbourne (2006) and Spatial Intelligence (2008), Procuring Innovative Architecture with Geoffrey London and Beth George (2010), By Practice By Design: Design Practice Research at RMIT (2011) and Meaning in Space: Housing the visual arts, or Architectures for Private Collections (2012). His most recent book, Practical Poetics in Architecture, was published by Wiley in April 2015.

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.
Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee

More info:
Pille Epner
arhitektuur@artun.ee
+372 642 0071

Bernhard Sommer and Galo Moncayo Open Lecture to focus on energy efficient future cities.
On November 3rd at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present architect Bernhard Sommer from Exikon and architect and installation artist Galo Moncayo at Estonian Architecture Centre (Kultuurikatel, Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn). Sommer teaches energy design at one of the most exciting architecture schools in the world, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, and leads Exikon arc & dev architecture office, dedicated to the application of cutting-edge planning and building technology. Moncayo is an established installation artist and architect who teaches at the Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien. Open Lecture Series welcome all architecture students from across Estonia, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

From this academic year, and with generous help from Merko construction company, Sommer will also be teaching at the Estonian Academy of Art architecture department. In his Open Lecture, Sommer will explain how energy design can fundamentally change the way future cities are designed. In Estonia, the prevailing method of raising energy efficiency of a building has been dealt with by adding energy efficient components and materials to a project, whereas Sommer guides his students to employ smart spatial geometry to make cities and buildings more efficient. Sommer’s architecture office, Exikon arc & dev in Vienna, is dedicated to the application of cutting-edge planning and building technology. Its aim is the integration of scientific findings into the design process.

Bernhard Sommer teaches energy design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and has been a visiting professor at the Institute for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck. Sommer also teaches building physics and holds seminars on sustainable design at the Technical University of Graz, the University of Cagliari and in the context of the Master Program Urban Strategies. In 2000, he has been awarded the Arch + Prize 2000, in 2002, the Schindler Scholarship of the MAK Center in Los Angeles. There he developed the transforming „desert cloud“ project that later was exhibited in West Hollywood and Vienna.

Galo Moncayo is an installation artist and architect currently teaching in the Energy Design Department at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, as well as a Assistant Professor in the Experimental Architecture Department at Innsbruck University. He has exhibited throughout the United States including in New York, and in Germany, Mexico, Austria, Spain and has been invited as a visiting artist/ lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, The George Washington University, among other universities in North America and in Germany, Mexico, Austria and Ecuador. Galo Moncayo received a Magister of Architecture from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in the Zaha Hadid Master Class, a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in the United States.

More about Exikon: http://www.exikon.at/

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department. The architecture department would also like to thank Merko for the support for this event.

Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee

More info:
Pille Epner
arhitektuur@artun.ee
+372 642 0071

On October 20th at 6 pm, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will be happy to present architect Jakob Lange from BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn). Lange has been working for years on BIG’s proposal for Tallinn’s new town hall – the project that won the competition in 2009 and is yet to be built today, and has promised to share the story of the “village” typology proposed by BIG. Could architecture improve communication between people and the city government? Open Lectures are open to all architecture students, professionals and general audience intrigued by spatial matters: the lectures are in English and free of charge.

Jakob Lange is a partner at BIG and has collaborated with Bjarke Ingels since 2003. As a project leader for several award-winning projects, Jakob has been instrumental to many of BIG’s largest commissions. He led the design and development of The Mountain mixed-use residences in Copenhagen, completed in 2008, and served as the Project Leader for the new Tallinn Town Hall in Estonia, which received a MIPIM Future Award 2011. He is currently Partner in Charge of Stettin 7, a 20.000 m2 sustainable luxury residential building in Stockholm, Sweden. Jakob also heads BIG IDEAS, BIG’s technology driven special projects division. Through analysis and simulation, BIG IDEAS informs BIG’s design decisions with research-based information—Information Driven Design. Special projects, including a green window farm, customized furniture, and innovative building systems support the studio’s work from small details to the BIG picture.

More about BIG’s Tallinn town hall project: http://www.dezeen.com/2009/06/23/tallinn-city-hall-by-bjarke-ingels-group/

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.
Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)
www.avatudloengud.ee

More info:
Pille Epner
arhitektuur@artun.ee
+372 642 0071

“Urban Tides” (2015) documents the realization of a dream by an odd collection of visionary urbanites and how its unintended side effects are highlighting challenges familiar to cities and communities around the world.

After the crisis in 2008, it seemed urban development had come to a standstill for a while. But to some people the empty plots of land seemed to beg to be put to good use. Abandoned shipyard De Ceuvel was one of these places. In 2012 a multidisciplinary group took the initiative to turn this empty and polluted piece of land into a work- and meeting place. Proving that you don’t need money to develop an area, they decided to use a DIY approach and construct offices out of a very common Dutch waste product: scrap houseboats.

The screening will be complemented by a moderated discussion with the director Simone Eleveld led by Andreas Wagner. The documentary is in Dutch and English with English subtitles; the discussion will be held in English.
More information about the documentary: www.urbantidesmovie.com

The screening is organised by Estonian Urban Lab in collaboration with the Embassy of Netherlands, City of Tallinn and Northern-Tallinn district government.

Free entrance. The screening will take place in Room 217.

On October 6th, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will host Lina Ghotmeh, one of the architects behind the mega-project of Estonian National Museum, to be opened for public on October 1st. Ghotmeh will share her story of how the Estonian National Museum was built – from the original concept to the grand opening, touching also upon the changes that took place during the ten years, and what the project means to her. The lecture will take place at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn) and is open for free to architecture students and professionals of the field as well as people interested in architecture.

Lina Ghotmeh is an architect, ‘distinction’ graduate from the American University of Beirut and the École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris. Prior to establishing her office, she had worked between Paris, London and Beirut collaborating with Ateliers Jean Nouvel. In 2006, after winning the 1st Prize of the international competition of the Estonian National Museum, she established along with Dan Dorell and Tsuyoshi Tane DGT / Architects: an international design platform based in Paris. Lina practices a sensitive architecture through a multi‐disciplinary and research driven approach. She has received numerous awards, among which: the Areen and the Azar Awards prized along her studies, the French Ministry of Culture Architecture prize ‘’AJAP 2007‐08’’, and the French Architecture Academy Dejean Prize 2016.

In 2010, she was selected for the «10 for 2010 Visionary Architects for a new decade» by the European Architects Review and recently the Estonian National Museum has been awarded the GRAND PRIX AFEX. Lina is also actively involved in the academic world. She has taught Architecture as an Associate Professor at the École Spéciale d’Architecture (2008‐2015). She has also lectured, led workshops and been juror at architectural schools and institutions including Parsons School of Design, Paris; the Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Providence; the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Columbia University in New York.

The Open Lecture Series of the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture faculty invites renowned architects, theoreticians, architecture critics and urbanists to Tallinn to speak about the latest ideas and points of view making ripples in architecture, design, city planning and critical thinking. The lectures are in English, free and open to anyone and especially intended for architecture students and professionals of the field as well as the general audience interested in matters concerning space.

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.
Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)

The Estonian Association of Interior Architects will open its yard for the public from 13th to 16th of September with a pop-up tapas bar and exhibition by ESL members – interiors, furniture, lighting, accessories.

Doors of our office with library and book-store are open as well.
Coffee, wine and good design!

The ESL office and a yard are located near the church of St. Nicholas, Rüütli 4.

Opening:
Tu 13.09 at 19

Open:
We 14.09 at 12-20
Th 15.09 at 12-20
Fr 16.09 at 12-20

“Context & Environment” by Grame Brooker and Sally Stone from “The Basic Interior Architecture” series has been translated into Estonian.

There are currently few detailed and educationally focussed texts on the subject of interior architecture. The new “Basics Interior Architecture” series helps to fill this gap, and will expand students’ knowledge of interior design/interior architecture and give an insight into some of the principles and methods of professional interior architects. The book proposes a method of design based on the interpretation, evaluation and utilisation of physical factors, such as light and orientation, the contextual issues of the urban form and the subject of sustainability. It examines the ways each of these factors influences the form of the interior. The text is supported by detailed studies of contemporary work, alongside student activities and resources.

The presentation of the book translated by Katrin Kask will be held in the courtyard of the Estonian Association of Interior Architects, Rüütli 4, Tallinn on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

TOTO & ESL seminar at Interstudio

25th August 18.00 – 20.00

TOTO is the symbiosis of beautiful design and cutting-edge technology that brings the Japanese bathroom culture right into the heart of your home.

  • Gathering & Welcoming drinks (networking)
  • Opening Speech (InterStudio)
  • ESL Speech
  • TOTO Presentation
  • Sushi ja wine (networking)
  • Final words & Good-bye

RSVP 19.08.2016 info@interstudio.ee

Main speaker: Martin Arfalk / Sweden, www.mandaworks.com

Other speakers:

Kaupo Vipp / Estonian publicist

Claudia Pasquero, http://ecologicstudio.com architect, head curator of TAB 2017 / Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017

Anja Dirks, http://www.inzight-architecture.nl interior architect, ECIA president 

Host of the day : Piret Krumm / Estonian actress 

Seminar is organised by Estonian Association of Architects, Estonian Association of Interior Architects and Estonian Landscape Architects’ Union

Program

Saturday, August 27                                                                             

09.00-11.30 buses to Narva (leave from Mere puiestee 5, Tallinn)

11.30-13.00 registration and lunch at Narva college, Raekoja plats 2. Accommodation in hotel Inger (8 minutes walk from the college)

13.00-13.10 opening ceremony / children’s program begins (until 17.30) at Narva college

Seminar

13.15-13.50 Kaupo Vipp, publicist, introductory lecture (in Estonian) „Sustainability in biophysical perspective“

13.50-14.05 Main sponsor

14.05-14.35 Claudia Pasquero, architect, introducing the next TAB 2017 (in English)

14.35-15.05 Anja Dirks, interior architect, Holland „Building biology; the science that leads to natural healthy ecological buildings“ (in English)

15.05-16.00 Best graduation works (short presentations from 6 graduating students from 3 universities) (in Estonian)

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Martin Arfalk, landscape architect, “Everything is connected” (in English)

 

17.30-19.00 games and workshops of the sponsors

20.00 dinner at Joaoru beach house, Linnuse 20

20.45 award ceremony

21.15 party begins, AveNue (Russian rock bänd from Narva)

23.00 – … disco, DJ San Antonio

 

Sunday, August 28        

9.00-11.30 breakfast and check-out

12.00-15.00 guided bus tour in Narva, guides are Ivan Sergejev/ Narva city architect, Madis Tuuder / Narva heritage protection inspector, Peeter Tambu / previous city architect of Narva

Lunch on your own, free time 

16.30-19.00 buses leave to Tallinn

Main sponsor: GROHE

Big sponsors: Ruukki  and VBH / Aluprof

Sponsors: Henkel, Lincona, Floorin,Tikkurila, Schüco, Velux

Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group who explore the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms and co runs the ‘Unknown Fields Division’, a nomadic studio that travels on expeditions behind the scenes of the modern city. He tells stories about the city using fiction, film and performance as imaginative tools to explore the implications and consequences of emerging technologies and ecological conditions. Young now manages his time between exploring distant landscapes and prototyping the future worlds he extrapolates from them.

www.tomorrowsthoughtstoday.com

This Thursday will start bright and early with the next event in the Morning Coffee series, where interior architects, architects and others operating in the nearby fields will come and share their experiences from working or doing an apprenticeship in the big architecture offices across the world. This event is perfect for students and those wanting to become a student.

On stage, being roasted by Hannes Praks, we’re having Siim Tuksam (architecture practice PART) who worked at Cmmnwlth, Siiri Vallner (Kavakava) who worked for Berzak & Gold P.C., and Natalie Mets from the interior architecture department, who will tell in graphic detail of the realities and hardships of life and apprenticing in New York.

There will be coffee, provided by the ever-great KOKOMO COFFEE
There will be cake, but you’ll need some cash for that.

Wake up! Join us! We’ll have the whole event in Estonian, probably, so for our English speaking students and friends – you might not understand EVERYTHING, but come anyway.

Professor Brian Cody is head of the Institute for Buildings and Energy at Graz University of Technology and founder and CEO of the consulting firm Energy Design Cody, also based in Graz, which is responsible for the development of innovative energy and climate control concepts on construction projects all over the world. His focus in research, teaching and practice is on maximizing the energy performance of buildings and cities. Before his appointment at Graz University of Technology in 2003 he was associate director of the international engineering consultancy Arup. Professor Cody serves as member on many advisory boards and juries and is Visiting Professor and Head of the Energy Design Unit at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna.

It’s already the fourth year that The Estonian Urban Lab (Linnalabor) is organising Telliskivi Creative City’s birthday seminar. We continue inspired by the last year’s topic of sharing economies that gained a lot of interest and received positive feedback. This time we are focusing on sharing the urban space.

Pop-up shops, modular houses, kindergartens built out of construction containers, parking lots covered with gravel, container and apartment galleries, functional urban installations and community cafés – is this all a sign of fetishised alternative space that should be characterised as temporary, provisional? How do these trends shape the way we use urban space, are the temporary users gentrifiers wearing a mask and what does temporary use altogether mean?

The seminar deals with different practices of temporary use and assesses the potential of vacant space through international examples. We have invited to present a representative of a temporary use agency ZZZ in Bremen together with the state planner, who have been bringing spaces to life using the idea of temporary use for years. Valga, a small town in Southern Estonia, is planning to demolish its block housing and move people back to wooden districts in the city centre. Couple hundred kilometres away in Riga an activist group is claiming that the city could be branded through its empty space. All this makes us wonder, why is there no strategic approaches to the issue in Tallinn or in our smaller towns. Why don’t we have space exchange agencies or architecture offices who focus on temporary uses, where are our activists against temporary private parking?

We wish to find answers to these and many other questions and bring together institutions that deal with empty spaces, city officials, non-profits, but also just open-minded and active people in order to create lively discussion over the course of five hours.

Seminar is free of charge and will be held in English except two brainstorm sessions.
As the seminar promises to be popular and we have limited space, please confirm your participation by registring here – https://goo.gl/68fNqA

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Baltic Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
May 28 — November 27 2016

 

The Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian joint Baltic exhibition at 15th Venice Architecture biennale explores the built environment of the Baltic States as a shared space of ideas, where architecture is reassessed amidst a much broader range of spatial practices. It probes regionally significant infrastructure, objects and natural resources, as well as their relationship with civic movements and cultural forms in search for future scenarios of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian common space.

 

Organisers: Estonian Centre of Architecture, Architektūros fondas
Triin Männik
Press Relations for the Estonian exposition at 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice
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Estonian Centre of Architecture
Põhja pst 27a, 10415 Tallinn
+372 5620 1104
Skype: pilletriin.mannik 

Tristan Boniver is a member of the Brussels-based collective Rotor. He studied architecture in Brussels at the Saint-Luc Institute, the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, and La Cambre School of Architecture (ISACF). Throughout his studies, he worked as a graphic designer, consultant, and developer, both for private clients and associations and on projects in the underground electronic music scene in Brussels. A member of the Brussels collective Boups since 1999, he then worked with Maarten Gielen to set up Rotor, which he has been a member of since 2005. He qualified as an architect in January 2010, after presenting a dissertation on rounded corners.

This Thursday will start bright and early with the next event in the Morning Coffee series, where interior architects, architects and others operating in the nearby fields will come and share theri experiences from working or doing an apprenticeship in the big architecture offices across the world. This event is perfect for students and those wanting to become a student.

On stage, being roasted by Hannes Praks, we’re having Carl-Dag Lige, currently the curator of Estonian Architecture Museum, and architect Aet Ader from office b210. Both of them spent some time at the big BIG in Denmark, and have promised to tell the whole tale.

There will be coffee, provided by the ever-great KOKOMO COFFEE

There might be cake.

Wake up! Join us! We’ll have the whole event in Estonian, probably, so for our English speaking students and friends – you might not understand EVERYTHING, but come anyway.

Onur Sönmez is a designer, who has a wide range of interest in interaction design / interface design research. He has exhibited at Venice Architecture Biennale, Saatchi Gallery London, Contemporary Istanbul, Ars Electronica, Transmediale ’15 Berlin, Media Facades Festival Europe, Connecting Cities, Linz 09 European Capital of Culture etc.
After receiving his BA degree (with Honours) in Visual Communication Design at the Istanbul Bilgi University with full scholarship he moved to Linz – Austria, completed his Masters degree of Interface Cultures at the Kunstuniversitat Linz and worked for Ars Electronica Futurelab, Bosch Design Studio Münich and currently working for Kontrastmoment as an Interface Designer on the development and design of interactive interfaces and control concepts for BMW Group (including BMWi, Mini and Rolls-Royce) and other interesting projects.

Nomadism is the most actual topic in today’s world. Movement can be voluntary or forced. To go somewhere, you need a place to come back to – a closed, alienated cultural space is not a sustainable one. Immigration and emigration require adaptation to new conditions, a break with old habits, a farewell to comfort zones, a readiness to experiment and push boundaries. Flexibility. Curiosity. Openness. Spatial intelligence can be an ineffable quality yet also an exact concept that denotes the interrelations between architecture and place. It’s the capability to offer solutions and create new things in a different place and culture – a new world influenced by the landscape, the urbanistic environment and surrounding PEOPLE. How does SPACE change in the process?

The SISU symposium will explore the expectations and needs of modern nomadic lifestyles through examples of adaptation to PLACE and settling in a new HOME. Moving and st settling down also involve crossing and setting boundaries. We will talk about people’s behavioral patterns and ways of adapting in today’s actual space. Through a combination of place and action, specific associations arise, and if used inventively they have the potential to become active. In what ways are the influences of diverse cultures expressed? How do we relate to a changing world from the perspective of (interior) architecture as a profession? How does the architect/designer work in parallel in a different cultural context? The Estonian Association of Interior Architects in cooperation with the interior architecture department of the Estonian Academy of Arts, invites theoreticians and practitioners from Estonia, the rest of Europe and parts more distant to the 3rd SISU international interior architecture symposium, to be held in Tallinn.

OPEN DAY at the Interior Architecture Department: fish, forest, sauna.

To properly celebrate the ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS OPEN DAY, the Interior Architecture Department will CLOSE all of its doors. You *can* however walk straight into the department quarters through our WINDOWS at Nunne Street 16. Just look for a wooden installation leading the way.

The day is an absolute MUST for anyone who is contemplating becoming a student at the Interior Architecture Department in near or more distant future.

Our six-hour programme is run entirely by students this year. On stage, there will be presentations of the brightest projects of the last year, presented by our students from freshmen year to MA. You will also not go on an empty stomach: there will be appetizers, soup, main course and dessert, with a running theme of FISH.

What we suggest especially is sneaking into the department kitchen and becoming part of the catering team, because that is truly the best place to get an idea of what our Department is all about. Also, you might want to bring a towel, because the unofficial after party will be all about the sauna.

S C H E D U L E
DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
Nunne 16, Tallinn Old Town

12:00 Introducing INSTALLATION “Sound Wave 2” – the new entrance of the department from Nunne Street. The students who built it will talk about the concept and design

12:30 APPETIZER: Saaremaa smoked fish (caught, prepared and served by our 2nd year students)

13:00 Soomaa and Emajõe Suursoo: 1st year students tell their Soomaa strict-regime DRAWING CAMP and offer a first look into their designs for Emajõe Suursoo area forest camping infrastructure

13:30 SOUP: wild wild fish soup (prepared and served by 1st year students)

14:00 FOREST MEGAPHONES. The author of the installation will explain why and how it happened that the sounds and echos of Estonian forests were all of a sudden heard across the world

14:30 GOOD OLD FISH DISH (served and served by MA students)

15:00 From idea to prototype in 48 hrs. Teams who developed Chairdrobe, Kuupesa and other projects talk about their ideas and participating in the GARAGE48 event

16:00 Turning your coffee grounds into FURNITURE?! MA student graduating this spring will talk about experimenting with cafe-leftovers in the materials lab of the department

16:30 FISH CAKE (baked and served by 3rd year bakers)

17:00 POLITICAL SAUNA: MA students reveal all at the department’s plastic film pop-up sauna, talking about the MA course on political space and their explorations in Palestine

17:30 Open SAUNA for everyone (BYOT: Bring Your Own Towel)

18:00 Windows close

“Shared Governance aka Urban Activism 2.0”
The landscape of urban projects in Central Europe defined by one sided activism, voluntary work and kind of antagonistic movements from non-governmental initiatives has been changing rather towards creative, complex frameworks in need of effective use of sources from all three sectors. We come across projects sharing similar features: blending edges of responsibilites, communication and finances between non-governmental, private and public sector.
The lecture will draw from a case study of Obchodna street (Bratislava, Slovakia) where the concept of Business Improvement District as a model of shared governance has been emerging and where the need for revitalization of the declining main street has been led by a private sector adopting the tools, traditionally seen between non-governmental groups, simultaneously working with the public sector too.

Milota Sidorova is a consultant of urban projects and strategic development. She studied landscape architecture, urban planning, graphic design, film production, urbanism, methods of social research and human resource management in different schools around Europe, Asia and America. She was a founding member and coordinator of the international urban planning festival reSITE. In 2014 she finished doctoral studies in landscape architecture on the topic: Catalytic impacts of markets on public spaces. Since 2012 she has been mapping actors in non-governmental sector engaged with public space in Bratislava and Prague. In 2015 she co-founded initiative WPS Prague – a network promoting active women in architecture, urban planning and development of community life.
www.wpsprague.com

www.avatudloengud.ee
The lectures are held in English, free of charge.
The lecture series is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

Friday, February 26th will mark the start of a new event series at the Interior Architecture Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts – public lecture series WILD TALKs. Dutch guerilla artist Iepe Rubingh will take the stage first to talk about his public space projects in Berlin, Tokyo and elsewhere. Everyone is welcome, admission is free, lecture starts at 6 pm at Nunne 16, Dept of Interior Architecture project space.

The speakers of the WILD TALKS series could be characterised by two main threads of action. Some of them have created as much havoc as an elk would, wandering into a city, just by ignoring general customs and habits. Others have unearthed things about life by closely studying the periphery. Summing this up: these speakers have the potential to spark inspiration in not only interior architecture students, but anyone with any relationship to space around them.

First on the WILD TALKs stage will be Berlin-based Dutch guerilla artist IEPE RUBINGH who dumped 500 litres of paint on Rosenthaler Platz, turning the intersection into a huge canvas and making Berliners guess for months whether this was a ‘Guerrilla Advertising Campaign’ or an artwork. Additionally, he is the inventor of the hybrid sport ‘Chess Boxing’ and is the director of the World Chess Boxing Organisation, with clubs in Siberia, London, Los Angeles and Berlin.

In addition to being the opening speaker for WILD TALKs, Rubingh will also run a workshop for the MA course Wild Studio at the interior architecture department.

WILD TALKs is supported by Astelpajunaps and Valmiermuiža.

To get news about the future WILD TALKs events in English, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bRl2Fb

More info:
Hannes Praks
Head of Interior Architecture Department
hannes.praks@artun.ee
+372 527 3626

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