List of Mobile Workshops with descriptions

 

A/ 1. Soviet apartment building complexes in Annelinn: built as a bedroom suburb; however, how to move on?

Speaker: Kadri Leetmaa

Meeting point: At 16.15 in Sports Building parking lot, on the side near to the Denropark and Disc Golf course. "Bus 4. Annelinn & River Emajõgi" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Bus will take you to the Annelinna gümnaasium (Kaunase pst 68). From there we will walk around in Annelinn. The tour ends on the Turusild bridge near the Avaturg (Farmer's market). 
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: Annelinn is the largest district of Tartu and an excellent sample of modernist Soviet architecture. The district consists mainly of five-storey or higher apartment buildings built after 1970. Annelinn is built in the form of an amphitheatre with a rising relief, the imaginary centre of which is in the Anneluha area. Four districts were originally planned, two of which were completed. Also, built during the high housing deficit, only residential areas, a few shops, kindergartens and schools were developed but most of the public spaces stayed on the plans. Today local planners need to think about how to make the previous model work today. Efforts are being made to make Annelinn more attractive to residents and to create opportunities to make public space comfortable and modern. Kadri Leetmaa talks about the most important projects.

 

B/ 2. The building district of Karlova as a wooden gemstone - how to preserve it?

Speaker: Ingmar Pastak

Meeting point: At 16.15 in front of the Forestry Building's entrance. "Bus 2. Karlova & SmartEnCity" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Bus will take you to the Tähe 4 in Karlova. From there we will walk around in Karlova. The tour lasts around 1,5 hours and ends near the Aparaaditehas (Kastani tn 42).
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: Karlova is an environmentally valuable, interesting, and diverse place, located next to the heart of Tartu. It hosts mostly wooden buildings built before the second world war which now are discovered by younger people who value stove heating, a bit slum-like but cosy atmosphere. Karlova makes a good example of gentrification. In the area, you can see the contrast between beautiful houses and old wooden sheds. The gentrification process certainly brings both beauty and pain. Even today, you can see unusual phenomena in the centre of Karlova, such as the "Kuu" shop, apples raised on the street behind the garden, a lot of beautiful street art and non-existent sidewalks.

 

C/3. The vibe of Supilinn, a friendship of the old and new

Speaker: Mart Hiob

Meeting point: At 16.15 between Sports Building and Main Building, near to the bridge to the Main Building. "Supilinn" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: We will meet between Sports Building and Main Building. From there we will walk to the Supilinn. The journey takes around 2 hours and ends in the intersection of Lepiku and Kroonuaia streets.
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: Supilinn is a small district in the centre of Tartu, between Emajõgi and Tähtvere. In the Supilinn, you can see a gentrified area, where the old and poor area has become expensive and popular. Supilinn, however, forms a unique example where gentrification was taken into account in the local district plan. The plan basically defined areas where new housing was allowed but in most areas historically large gardens were maintained that kept the gentrification process run in a balanced course. Today, newer buildings are directed to the river and overlook the pedestrian promenade along the shore directly onto the river. The older part hosts both older and polished buildings. Mart Hiob talks about the plans, worries and joys of Supilinn, and shows the most outstanding and exciting buildings.

 

D/4. Tähtvere dendropark: integrating biodiversity with leisure activities

Speakers: Gloria Niin, Liina Jürisoo

Meeting point: At 16.15 in the Technology Building (F. R. Kreutzwaldi 56/3), second floor. "Tähtvere dendropark" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Workshop starts at 16.15 and ends at 19.00 in meeting point. Problem solving at meeting point and in case of rain as well.
Notes:  We will visit dendropark, so proper clothing, especially footwear is needed.

Description: Tähtvere dendropark is a large green space next to Estonian University of Life Sciences. This park is used for open-air sports (walking, running, skiing, disc golf) but it also has high biodiversity. In this workshop, introduction of how leisure activities and nature are co-existing and why Tähtvere park is unique for different species living there. There are also different layers of information from different periods starting from those days when the dendropark was planted as an experiment and latest information: inventories, maintenance plan, etc. Later we will discuss how to gather different information about the park and how to make the high biodiversity value visible to different interest groups. 

 

E/ 5. Challenges of contemporary urban planning in Tartu

Speaker: Pille Metspalu

Meeting point: At 16.15 in Forestry Building's parking lot south-west corner nearest to the Sports Building and Technology Building. "Bus 3. (Sub)urban Tartu & Urban planning" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Bus will take you to the Vaksali bridge (in the corner of Riia and Vaksali streets). From there we will walk around in Tartu. Tour ends near the Delta centre (Narva mnt 18 and 20).
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: The tour will take a comprehensive look at urban planning issues in Tartu. The urban fabric of Tartu will be analysed from different angles - sustainable mobility, liveable streets, functional public space, greenery and connectivity, new landmark buildings, heritage areas, residential vs industrial/business land use and heterogeneous urban form. We will see recent developments in the built environment (new bridge for pedestrians and bike riders in Riga street, new residential buildings nearby and in Karlova wooden district). We will take a critical look at bike lines in the Karlova district and the central part of Tartu and point out the possible land use conflicts. The Estonian approach to modern city-building will be discussed - "trying to impress by contrast" being the most apparent way of introducing new building volumes. The role and nature of urban parks in the very centre of Tartu will be analysed.

 

F/ 6. River Emajõgi, an underrated treasure in Tartu county

Speaker: Kaisa Timmi

Meeting point: At 16.15 in Sports building parking lot, on the side near to the Denropark and Disc Golf course. "Bus 4. Annelinn & River Emajõgi" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: The bus will take you to the Lodjakoda (Barge hall). Workshop takes around 1,5 hours and ends also in Lodjakoda (Barge hall).
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: Emajõgi is a river that flows from Lake Võrtsjärv into Lake Peipsi, crossing the city of Tartu. Emajõgi is fully navigable and by watercraft, it is easy to go and enjoy wild nature. But there are not too many rest areas for people to use. In this workshop, we will talk about Emajõgi and its use and potential possibilities for different leisure activities. Later we will discuss what challenges there are for panning rest areas near Emjõgi and how to overcome different challenges.

 

G/ 7. Parks and biodiversity in Tartu - can cities work for both people and nature?

Speaker: Merle Karro-Kalberg

Meeting point: At 16.15 in Forestry Building's parking lot north-west corner nearest to the road to Tallinn . "Bus 1. Parks and Biodiversity & Car-free avenue" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Bus will take you to the Theatre Vanemuine's parking lot (near the Uueturu park) in city centre. Workshop takes around 1.5 hours and ends in the Vabaduse park (Vabaduse pst 5).
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: In this workshop, we will make a tour of a curated biodiversity landscape laboratory, where it is possible to experiment with different ways of increasing biodiversity. We will show different parks in Tartu and explore the methods used for increasing biodiversity. Later we will discuss if cities can work for both people and nature.

 

H/ 8. (Sub)urban Tartu

Speaker: Toomas Tammis

Meeting point: At 16.15 in Forestry Building's parking lot south-west corner nearest to the Sports Building and Technology Building. "Bus 3. (Sub)urban Tartu & Urban planning" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: We'll start with a bus tour from the conference venue to the new complex of Tartu University at Maarjamõisa field (the hospital complex and the new buildings of Physicum and Chemicum) and continue to the latest conversion of an industrial quarter at Aparaaditehas where we'll leave the bus and continue on foot towards the first histrorical buildings at Toomemäe and the main building of Tartu University at the very center of Tartu. Along the way we'll pass the new bicycle bridge at Riia street, new housing complex next to Apraaditehas, a small new sporting facility for a highschool, the first purpose built museum building, a recent kindergarden with public area, and a newly renovated university library. The tour will end around 18.00 in the parking lot of Tartu university's library (Vanemuise tn 15).
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: The tour looks at the questions of urbanity (urban density and city life) both in the city centre and in the periphery. To do that in a more-or-less concise manner we concentrate on large players like the University of Tartu. We will look at the new campus in Maarjamõisa on the outskirts, the more recent centrally located faculties from the previous century, the first historical buildings of Tartu University at Toomemäe and finish at the University main building at the historic centre. On the same trajectory, we will look at some new infrastructure, a reused Soviet-era industrial complex and a housing development that all contribute in their own way to the urban density. We will investigate how the city could benefit from the large-scale magnets of a mixed group of people and vice-versa and how could that translate into planning regulations.

 

I/ 9. Car-free avenue, reducing car use in the city centre

Speaker: Anna-Liisa Unt

Meeting point: At 16.15 in Forestry Building's parking lot north-west corner nearest to the road to Tallinn . "Bus 1. Parks and Biodiversity & Car-free avenue" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Bus will take you to the parking lot in front of the Theatre Vanemuine on Ülikooli street. Tour's timetable is around 16.30 - 18.00, including a short presentation of the project, a walk around the avenue and a short discussion at the end.
Notes:  Prepare for rain.
We are planning to hold the session at a pavillion on site. It is small and probably hot - be prepared, bring a drink if you need. There is a table and chairs; possibilities for charging devices are poor.

Description:  Vabaduse puiestee is a long road between the old town and river Emajõgi in the city centre. To reduce car use, a car-free avenue project will be organized for the third year in a row from July 9th to August 8th. Vabaduse puiestee will be opened only to pedestrians and cafés, stages and various leisure opportunities will be brought to the street. During the tour, you can visit the Car-free avenue and hear more about how transport is shaping and reducing car use in Tartu, and what is the success story of the Car-free avenue.

 

J/ 10. SmartEnCity, smart buildings from Soviet apartment blocks

Speakers: Kaspar Alev ja Martin Kikas

Meeting point: At 16. 15 in front of the Forestry Building's entrance. "Bus 2. Karlova & SmartEnCity" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: The bus will take you to the Tähe 2 in Karlova. From there we will walk around on Tiigi street. The tour will take around 1,5 hours and ends in the parking lot of Tartu University's library (Vanemuise tn 15).
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: Khrushchyovkas are a key part of the Soviet-era housing heritage, and are made of prefabricated large blocks or bricks with up to five stories. Built in the Soviet Union from the late 1950s to 1980s as inner-city infills to accommodate people in the post-war housing deficiency, they usually contain small (up to 40 m2) apartments that typically have one or two bedrooms and a small kitchen. Today khrushchyovkas have remained in a poor condition – many have poor sanitary conditions, ventilation, heating systems, and insulation. This mobile workshop is focusing on the SmartEnCity project which was the first know attempt to retrofit outdated khrushchyovkas into “smartovkas”. The SmartEnCity project carries a ‘lighthouse project’ designation because it is the first retrofit project in which smart and sustainable technologies were applied to privately owned Soviet-era apartment buildings. The mobile workshop gives an overview of life conditions in the Soviet Union and the rebirth of the buildings into A-energy class houses. The tour offers the opportunity to visit a retrofitted house and one of the renovated apartments.

 

K/ 11. Historical Planning Practices (manors, villages and collective farm centres)

Speaker: Garri Raagma

Meeting point: 16:15 Estonian University of Life Sciences sports building parking lot (on the northside).
Please show up some minutes earlier so we can check participants and if all are on board, start.
Look for the large grey Scania bus with a number plate 221, driver is Mr Urmas Bend.

Timetable:

16:15 Departure from the Estonian University of Life Sciences sports hall parking lot (on the northside).
16:40 Traditional Estonian farm in a scattered settlement, Juhan Liivi museum introduced by Mrs Mari Niitra, manager
17:20 Alatskivi manor complex, introduced by Mrs Laura Lillepalu-Scott, manager, or her colleague.
18:00 Kallaste town, former (1950-59) rayon centre, a short walk to the central square and view to the Peipsi lake and sandstone cliff.
18:30 Alatskivi apartment house quarter, Mr Peeter Vagula, chairman of the apartment society possibly joining us.
19:00 Fish and Onion Restaurant (maybe tea from a samovar) visiting Kostja’s (Mr Konstantin Avvo) onion farm nearby.
20:00 Slow drive along Kolkja-Varnja Old-Believers street village, with a possible stop at Voronja gallery.
20:30 Back in Tartu

Notes:

The weather will be according to the long-term forecast sunny with some clouds, +20 C, no rain. Perfect for such a ride.

You can use Google street view and do a virtual visit beforehand ????https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Eesti+Maa%C3%BClikooli+Spordiklubi,+Friedrich+Reinhold+Kreutzwaldi,+Tartu/Balmoral+Castle+%2F+Castle+Alatskivi,+Alatskivi+Nature+Park,+Lossi,+Alatskivi,+Tartu+County/Kallaste,+Tartu+County/58.5992286,27.1333602/58.5499381,27.2176861/Varnja,+60305+Tartu+County/58.3797319,26.7305096/@58.5526072,27.1513897,15135m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m44!4m43!1m10!1m1!1s0x46eb36f8fa3c7957:0x395ca45a71fc4ec8!2m2!1d26.6958256!2d58.3891642!3m4!1m2!1d27.1339359!2d58.6002976!3s0x4694cfa2f5d94e21:0xff8957832537d3c4!1m5!1m1!1s0x4694cfa23e8442f3:0xb94f45e7c2f77a61!2m2!1d27.1289913!2d58.6040094!1m5!1m1!1s0x4694c5b14d620725:0x400b36d18fc6c30!2m2!1d27.1597214!2d58.6668045!1m0!1m10!3m4!1m2!1d27.2220704!2d58.5475574!3s0x4694d1afa4f0b73b:0x8ff56ab8e5c15396!3m4!1m2!1d27.234748!2d58.5276465!3s0x4694d1733f843c09:0x12c0df12a6045c7a!1m5!1m1!1s0x4694d3eea4cf6b55:0xe0d2a9748dd9ac71!2m2!1d27.2365276!2d58.4905736!1m0!3e0

Notes: The weather will be according to the long-term forecast sunny with some clouds, +20 C, no rain. Perfect for such a ride.

Description: We welcome you to join the 4-5 hours journey throughout the last centuries visiting rural areas North-East of Tartu. Estonia has been always a manor society. First, similar units appeared already 3000 years ago. German, Danish and Swedish crusaders who conquered the country in the 13th century, probably liked this model, so they continued manor keeping practices and mixed with Estonian elites who took over the German language and culture. Well, in the meantime, Russia was having hard times in the 17th century. People who did not like Patriarch Nikon's reforms – refugees of those times –, inhabited agriculturally poor Peipsi lakeside. Orthodox old believers or starovery still live there. Their villages, fishermen and onion grower lifestyle are worth seeing. Back to the manors. German-speaking nobility was clever enough to continue their manor practices also under Russian Czars. Landlords turned manors into functional economic complexes with numerous subunits: stables, barns, distillery, smithy, mill, greenhouse, etc. and earned well from the vodka trade. They build luxurious main buildings whose styles were copied from all over Europe and which were surrounded by kilometres long alleys, parks and impressive pond systems. Barons build a city in the middle of nowhere. There have been about 1000 manors in Estonia. Serfdom was removed in 1816/9 and peasants start to manage their small manors – a lot of innovations were taken from manors. After the Estonian independence in 1919, manors were divided among farmers. Some of them get wealthy enough to behave like landlords. People called them Grey Barons. After the Soviet occupation, in 1950, farmers were forced to join collective farms. Initially, 3000 units were constantly amalgamated so that by 1980 about 300 state and collective farms form considerable economic units that take care also of housing and social infrastructure. Finally, kolkhoz leaders started to renovate even manors and deserved the nickname of “Red Barons”. However, appartement houses built near farms were usually not that nice and are the most problematic housing units nowadays.

 

L/ 12. Green transition in the green Elva

Speaker: Kertu Vuks

Meeting point: At 16.15 near to the Sports Building bus parking spaces (near to the Sports Building entrance). "Buses to Elva" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Bus will take you to the Elva Central Square. From there you will go to the Elva Sports Hall (Tartu mnt 3, Elva). Workshop ends around 19.00 and bus will drop you off in the city centre(around 19.30). 
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: Elva is a town about 25 kilometres from Tartu. There are about 5600 citizens and its area is about 9,9 square kilometres. There are a lot of green spaces but it is also a valued residential area. In this tour, we will see what Elva has done to become a greener town and discuss the challenges of becoming green.

 

M/ 13. Challenges for Elva: public spaces and safety

Speaker: Jaanika Saar

Meeting point: At 16.15 near to the Sports Building bus parking spaces (near to the Sports Building entrance). "Buses to Elva" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Bus will take you to the Elva Central Square. From there you will go to the Elva City hall (Kesk 32, Elva). Workshop ends around 19.00 and bus will drop you off in the city centre (around 19.30). 
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: Elva is a town about 25 kilometres from Tartu. There are about 5600 citizens and its area is about 9,9 square kilometres. Elva has built many public spaces and streets for people to use public space. In this tour, we will see what Elva has done for safety and what are Elva's challenges related to safety.

 

N/ 14. Finding a balance between green and gray in Elva

Speaker: Maarika Uprus

Meeting point: At 16.15 near to the Sports Building bus parking spaces (near to the Sports Building entrance). "Buses to Elva" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: Bus will take you to the Elva Central Square. From there you will go to the Elva Cultural Centre (Kesk 30, Elva). Workshop ends around 19.00 and bus will drop you off in the city centre (around 19.30). 
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: Elva is a town about 25 kilometres from Tartu. There are about 5600 citizens and its area is about 9,9 square kilometres. There are a lot of green spaces but it is also a valued residential area. In this tour, we will see how different interests meet in Elva and what are the challenges to finding a balance between different interests.

 

O/ 15. The Raadi manor complex and former military area - challenges for planners

Speaker: Indrek Ranniku

Meeting point: At 16.15 in Sports building parking lot, near to the Sport's Building north-east corner. "Bus 5. Raadi" on the map https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1RJgbyz1fhhiqkq-1ODObmd6Bqrjyijw&usp=sharing
Timetable: We will take a bus tour through Raadi area. We will make several walking stops on the way. Journey takes around 3 hours and ends in the city centre.  
Notes:  prepare for rain

Description: The Raadi area combines traces of different eras. On the one hand, Raadi has the remaining buildings and landscape of the manor complex, on the other hand, Raadi has a former military airfield, which today no longer serves the purpose of an airport. The area of the Raadi military airfield can be seen as an interesting challenge for planners. Today it hosts a national museum and a new housing area but most of the area waits for redevelopment. What to do besides a large-scale object near the city and how to connect the old with the new. Indrek Ranniku from the Tartu city government talks more about the Raadi manor complex, the military area and the plans there. The mobile workshop will bear into the regeneration of formed Soviet military areas.