Human Cities
The XIII Tallinn Design Festival will be held from 10 to 16 September 2018. For a week, the unique festival which centres on different parts of Tallinn will be revived. Read More...

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Exhibitions @ Balti jaam

About 10 international and Estonian exhibitions have been gathered into the historic Balti jaama ootepaviljon.

Human Cities

As the world is changing, we are faced with new paradigms. Rapid urbanisation has led to more than half of the world’s population now living in cities. Cities will need to find ways to accommodate this growth. They will also need to seek solutions for a range of other challenges: economic and cultural globalisation, environmental crises, inter-city competition to attract investments and changes to the ways people live, work and spend their leisure time. All this means that cities are facing a new reality.

This is the context in which, 2014-2018, Human Cities Challenging the City Scale has questioned the scale and co-creation of the contemporary city. Based on a concept created in 2006 by Brussels-based international creative consultancy Pro Materia, the project is now managed by Cité du design Saint-Etienne.

The project was co-funded by the European Commission's Creative Europe / Culture Programme and has involved 12 partners from 11 European cities: Tallinn, London, Brussels, Belgrade, Cieszyn, Saint-Etienne, Graz, Helsinki, Bilbao, Ljubljana and Milan. The partners included universities, design centres and creative design consultancies.

They shared a common goal: to identify practice that challenges the way cities are co-designed. In 4 years the project has seen a rich programme of activities and outputs: an investigation of 90 state-of-the-art case studies, collected in a book; 9 co-creative sessions, 18 experiments in 13 cities, 12 international workshops, 11 international conferences, 6 master classes, 9 exhibitions.



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Aalto the EXIT School of Architecture

The Exit School of Architecture project examines shared local identities and meanings in new Finnish architecture. It looks at the works’ participatory methods to find what aspects of local culture and aesthetics are embedded in the design process and the final product. The exhibition demonstrates shared social and aesthetic values and reasoning behind the present Nordic Noir architecture in Finland.

There are present 14 recently completed projects and 6 diploma works that abandon standardized ways of building to find more meaningful, individual solutions to design problems in contemporary cities and landscapes while retaining shared aesthetic values of solitude, simplicity, and closeness to nature in materials and spatial expression.


HGDF International competition.exhibition DIALOGUE

HGDF focuses on developments of the poster art and creative signature in graphic design work. At the international competition DIALOGUE participants implemented the opportunities in a very large scale using typography, calligraphy, illustration, photography, painting techniques and a mix of many techniques. 162 works were received from the EU, Russia, China, Iran, etc. The jury chose 82 works for the exhibition supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Haapsalu Town Government and the Estonian Graphic Designers Association.



The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is one of the largest and most prestigious competitions for students and young graduates in the field of design. It takes place twice a year with four rotating topics for each.

Exhibition of childrens drawings

"Õhus on Kalamaja" exhibition


Street for Kids


Gigi Blocks


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