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The future of European architectural policy discussed in Tallinn

21. September 2017 - 14:19

Today, at the initiative of the Ministry of Culture, the leading experts and policymakers of European Union policy are gathering at the Vaba Lava Centre in Tallinn to discuss the latest developments and prospects for the future of European spatial design and architecture.  The conference features as the key note speaker, Massimiliano Fuksas a renown Italian architect. The conference is opened by the Minister of Culture, Indrek Saar.  

The objective of the conference on European architectural policies is to provide an overview of the architectural policies of the various countries and showcase the success stories of their implementation throughout Europe. At the conference, organised within the framework of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union, and in cooperation with the Estonian Association of Architects, discussions are held on how interdisciplinary considerations should be taken into account when making decisions about spacial development, while also considering their impact on the development of the built environment as a whole. 

Minister of Culture Indrek Saar pointed out that the expectations of the Estonian people regarding the quality of public built environment have risen. “Public space directly impacts everyone’s quality of life, and therefore, architecture is a domain with a significant social impact. In order to better plan and develop our living environment, we have convened an expert group on spatial design, with the goal of making proposals for updating domestic architectural policy” said Saar.


Saar added that the decisions regarding public space must be made together with experts in the field, and requires careful consideration. “Each EU member state is in charge of its own architectural policy, but in order for us to make the best decisions, it is wise to learn from the experiences of other countries. This conference on European architectural policy provides a good opportunity for this,” said Saar.  


Architect Veronika Valk-Siska, one of the main organisers of the conference, explained that when designing and developing a competitive living environment, it is important to pay attention to the promotion of the living quality in the space to be created, i.e. the built environment, including the public space. “Spatial planning, architecture and construction come togehter when designing a living environment, and therefore, we require a broad integrated view of how the decisions related to spatial design are made and how they are implemented,” Valk-Siska stressed. “This conference provides an excellent opportunity for comparing Estonia’s experiences with those of our European partners, and based thereon, designing our own architectural policy,” added Valk-Siska.

In addition to keynote speaker, the renowned Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, the conference features other exiting speakers. Among them state architects Ciaran O’Connor, (Ireland) and Leo Van Broeck, (Belgium); Lars-Christian Uhlig (Germany) and many others.
The conference can be viewed online HERE.
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Kai-Ines Nelson
Spokesperson for the Estonian Presidency of the EU, Ministry of Culture

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