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Aet Ader

b210

http://www.b210.ee/

Tatari 64, Tallinn, Estonia
b210 is an architecture office that functions as the core of a network of creatives from various fields. Cooperation has given rise, for instance, to the installation O, Tallinn Planning Guide and tutoring design studio which resulted in Wooden Megaphones project. b210 has won awards at competitions for Rail Baltica Terminal in Pärnu, Viljandi Singing Festival Grounds, and housing refurbishment in Rakvere, Estonia. b210 was the curator of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism.

Housing in Post-Socialist Context


Future visions for the housing question, the example of Estonia

Housing in Post-Socialist Context


Future visions for the housing question, the example of Estonia
The future of architecture lies in where and how we live, in the housing question.

Estonia is the leading country in Europe in terms of share of homeowners (91%), a phenomenon caused by the aftermath of the Soviet times. The rental market comprises a mere 8% of the housing stock, ranking as the 4th smallest in Europe. The state has chosen not to ‘intervene’ – until this spring when, rather unexpectedly, jump-starting a rental apartment programme was listed in the new coalition agreement.

In fall 2015 we tutored a course at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Together with the participants of the Urban Studies MA programme we researched housing history and future, policies and politics, quantities and qualities. We developed nine proposals: for example how to design housing for urban nomads, private social housing, housing cooperatives, housing for young families, key workers, specialists, the elderly, for big families, university students and disabled people. A multi-faceted society needs a wide variety of solutions. These visions resulted in a preliminary publication.


Housing in Post-Socialist Context


Future visions for the housing question, the example of Estonia

Housing in Post-Socialist Context


Future visions for the housing question, the example of Estonia
The future of architecture lies in where and how we live, in the housing question.

Estonia is the leading country in Europe in terms of share of homeowners (91%), a phenomenon caused by the aftermath of the Soviet times. The rental market comprises a mere 8% of the housing stock, ranking as the 4th smallest in Europe. The state has chosen not to ‘intervene’ – until this spring when, rather unexpectedly, jump-starting a rental apartment programme was listed in the new coalition agreement.

In fall 2015 we tutored a course at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Together with the participants of the Urban Studies MA programme we researched housing history and future, policies and politics, quantities and qualities. We developed nine proposals: for example how to design housing for urban nomads, private social housing, housing cooperatives, housing for young families, key workers, specialists, the elderly, for big families, university students and disabled people. A multi-faceted society needs a wide variety of solutions. These visions resulted in a preliminary publication.



Idea by

Aet Ader
b210
Tatari 64
Tallinn
Estonia
b210 is an architecture office that functions as the core of a network of creatives from various fields. Cooperation has given rise, for instance, to the installation O, Tallinn Planning Guide and tutoring design studio which resulted in Wooden Megaphones project. b210 has won awards at competitions for Rail Baltica Terminal in Pärnu, Viljandi Singing Festival Grounds, and housing refurbishment in Rakvere, Estonia. b210 was the curator of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism.