In this issue of Estonian Art we focus on architecture, urbanism and the public sphere.
Tadeáš Říha, Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa are three young architects who will represent Estonia at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale with the project Weak Monument.
Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla interviews the curatorial trio in “Sensitive Interventions in Venice”.
The inspiration behind the Venice Biennale project is traced in Tadeáš Říha’sarticle “Weakness in Architecture” based on his research into the philosophical topic. Gregor Taul’s “Free Some Space for Weak Monuments” demonstrates how monuments can become memories and Francisco Martinez’s “Architectural Taxidermy” ponders the repurposing of obsolete spaces.
The Weak Monument theme is further explored in visual essays by Tõnu Tunnel with “Is a Monument Land Stuck in Time?”, Dénes Farkas’s “Monument” and Paco Ulman’s “C:\Works\2017\Kuressaare”.
Estonian architecture is presented in bite-sized morsels in Carl-Dag Lige’s “Mini Architecture Histories” sampled from his popular Instagram account. Julia Hinderink interviews Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam of PART (Practice for Architecture Research and Theory) in “New Kids On the Block”. Karin Bachmann talks about the newest wave of green urban planning in “The New Modernity of the Urban Thicket” and Villem Tomiste gives us a peek into what’s coming next in “Looking Forward to the 5th Tallinn Architecture Biennial”.