Temporal City. Exploring Urban Change in Tallinn, Estonia. Typologies of Indeterminate Landscapes

  • Abstract:

    The paper looks at urban indeterminacy in post-socialist Tallinn. I suggest that through typomorphological analysis, observing, documenting and analysing (creating ‘eclectic atlases’ (Boeri, 2003) of culturally, socially or economically motivated (temporary) appropriations of indeterminate sites and mapping continuous urban change, a basis can be created for developing a new model of cooperation between stakeholders in planning, redefining the role of an urban planner as well as influencing policy making in terms of re-conceptualising developing private property in relation to the wider urban context. This paper focuses on documenting and understanding urban change in Tallinn by introducing three case studies. The sites of interest include the inner city coastline (the former Patarei prison, Linnhall, Fishers harbour and beach, the harbour area), Kopli lines (an abandoned residential area on the Kopli peninsula) and inner city wastelands, particularly the site of the former Estonian Academy of Arts as an example of an inner city void.