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To help achieve its aims, the Estonian capital will divide public space and street space in favour of sustainable ways of moving around and by planning a greener and more active urban space.

The Estonian capital of Tallinn has set itself a new year goal of “spatial creation” to build a more people-centred and sustainable city.

As part of its plan to achieve this, it will divide public space and street space in favour of sustainable ways of moving around and by planning a greener and more active urban space.

Master planning

The master plan for the city centre and North Tallinn includes extending the tram network, further construction of the main network of cycle paths, while the city will organise architectural competitions and update the public space with urban space art.

Last year, a general plan was established for Nõmme, one of the city’s administrative districts, with the aim of preserving a high-quality living environment. Sustainable modes of transport are being developed, supported by a network of cycle paths and the creation of new railway stops.

The plan also covers the district’s green network, connecting green areas and light traffic. This forms a system of health trails used throughout the year connecting the district’s surroundings and is also designed to promote the city’s biodiversity. The general plan of North Tallinn reached the cooperation phase last year and the wider public will be involved in the first quarter of the beginning of the year. The North Tallinn Master Plan online book will be published in the early part of the year.

“The goal of Tallinn is to be a pleasant, environmentally friendly and accessible city with many streets, town squares, parks and other places of activity designed for people,” said Madle Lippus, deputy mayor of Tallinn. “An important part of such a space is modern street art and green areas and water bodies that preserve biodiversity. The district master plans, which will replace the city master plan established two decades ago, will play an important role in achieving all these goals.”

In the first half of the year, sketch solutions for the further development of the Tallinn tram network will be completed. Existing tram lines will be extended to improve the availability and convenience of public transport. The construction of two new tram lines – Liivalaia and Kalaranna – is also being considered.

In 2022, work will continue to improve cycling opportunities in the city centre. Projects for the core network of cycle paths in the city centre are being prepared. Until the completion of the permanent cycle paths, the solutions for temporary cycle paths will be supplemented.

Architectural competitions will be introduced to help to improve the quality of urban space. At the beginning of 2022, results of the design competitions for the extension of the Real School, the extension of Westholm Gymnasium and the Kullo Hobby School will be announced.

Kullo’s design competition is an important pilot project, where service designers from the city’s Strategy Centre have been involved in the preparation of the architectural competition to study the needs and expectations of future users of the building in the city in more detail. A design competition for the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and the North Tallinn Pattern Kindergartens will be held this year.

The Tallinn Involvement Centre is being further developed with a commitment to organise more public discussion events and exhibitions on urban space. Tallinn city planners, architects and strategists will introduce urban space solutions at the Involvement Centre, which will open as an exhibition space in September 2022 and as a demo area in 2023 at the Tallinn Strategy Centre.

To enrich the modern and active street space, the city is also undertaking the mapping of urban spatial art and the results of this will feed into future decisions about where, how, and what kind of urban spatial art should be created. The green installations of Putukaväila will be completed as a pilot project of urban space art.

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 05.01.2022

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