Workshop in Tallinn, Estonia

The Street



Bumpy and muddy, full of trash and debris, young brushwood, and pioneer plants – the centre of Kalarand area reverberates the recent events as well as the readjustments that have yet failed to take place. Over this robust but scenic site, colliding forces in the invisible spaces of media and economy are shaping Kalarand's future. On the surface, the silence is so tense that even the simplest kind of saw-timber poles might carry a message. One end of the pole is stuck into the mud and pieces of concrete below them and the other end reaches into the abstract sphere of communication beyond. Set in a line, one's eye arranges them into two rows. An image of familiarly scaled urban element – the street – emerges.

This is a proposal indeed!

Instead of turning the Kilometer of Culture into a street, the installation draws the street closer to the sea. What if the street would be built here, in the middle of the future housing area, instead of on its edge, as today's plans show?

The street in the middle of the future housing area would allow to create a more attractive street with houses on both sides. The rather large scale future housing area would be more human-centered and cosy. The proposed location of the street would also provide closer proximity to the future public transport channel for all the future apartments. In addition the historical layer of railroad embankment located on the Kilometer of Culture could be preserved as it is. It could continue its development as a linear park, joining together the harbour and the surrounding seaside area connecting it to the network of bike lanes and recreation trails.

The embankment is a meeting place for city-dwellers from older and newer communities, locals and culture tourists. If the street was here, the Kilometer of Culture wouldn't cross with the roadway.
Authors: Peeter Pere, Indrek Peil, Henn Runnel
Photos: Reio Avaste / Goethe Institute’s archive