These excursions are scheduled on Tuesday 19 June and organized by Linnalabor´s social entrepreneurship team.

Opening Tallinn seaside

Kalarand Beach party 2011 with former Patarei prison at the background

The aim of the Opening Tallinn seaside tour is to experience the seaside opening in many perspectives. The tour will be visiting different objects (e.g Linnahall, Patarei), visualise the  future developments (Ecobay, Noblessner) and take part in its everyday use as a recreational area (Cultural kilometre, Paljassaare). The economic developments of the seaside area in relation to its cultural and recreational importance will be the central theme for the tour.

Housing estates

Example of one housing district built during the Soviet era.

The aim of the housing estates tour is to introduce Tallinn’s main housing districts built during the Soviet era and investigate the development of community activism there. Compared to what has taken place in the wooden districts of Tallinn, the citizen activism in the housing estates are much less visible. The forms of activism – its presence and lack – will form the underlying question for the tour, alongside with exploring the material structures of these places.

Urban transport actions

Tram no 2 at the main station in the central city.

The tour deals with transport issues of Tallinn, where intensive car use is causing a strain on city’s arteries, because no attention is paid to the public transport for 20 years. We are going to witness the morning traffic jams caused by the urban sprawl. In addition, we are going to explore new urban ringroad plans, which usefulness is strongly questioned. In the city centre both parking and planning issues are explained. The final part of the tour takes the participants around the city by tram and train to show some of the main focal points in Tallinn transport developments (Kristiine and Ülemiste transport hubs). The tour will give an overview of urban transport system in one city, discuss its’ shortcomings and possibilities, and explore current development of mobility activism (especially those involved in promoting cycling).

In addition we have planned:

  • Gentrifying areas and neighbourhood activism
  • Cultural factories and creative working spaces
  • Suburban development
  • Urban gardening and socialising