‘More than two decades have passed since Estonia regained its independence and the use of public space in the centre of Kuressaare is facing a crisis – the principles of the last century are no longer tenable; areas competing with the town centre have emerged in suburbs,’ said Madis Kallas, the Mayor of Kuressaare. ‘The aim of the ‘Great Public Space’ architectural competition, announced under the Estonia 100 programme, is to revive the town centre and convert it into an attractive tourism and business environment. If we succeed, the town centre will also become more attractive to locals.’
‘The goal of this competition is to define an urban design featuring convivial, diverse and imposing public spaces and emphasising the existing historic heritage,’ added Toomas Paaver, who compiled the terms of reference of the competition. ‘Public space should offer opportunities for spending time and facilitate safe movement by various means as well as provide activities for every season to people of all ages.’
The prize fund of 16,000 euros is provided by Kuressaare City Government, while the organisation costs are being covered by the Government Office.
The procurement has been published under reference number 164757.
The Selection Board includes:
- Mart Mäeker, Chairman of the Selection Board, Deputy Mayor of Kuressaare
- Loona Lepp, urban architect of Kuressaare
- Terje Nepper, chairwoman of the Saaremaa Business Association
- Kalle Vellevoog, the Union of Estonian Architects, authorised architect-expert, level 8
- Karli Luik, the Union of Estonian Architects, authorised architect, level 7
Pille Epner, the Union of Estonian Architects
- Lilian Hansar, the Estonian Academy of Arts, architect, PhD
- Maria Reimal, Kuressaare City Government, Senior Architect
- Andres Levald, the Union of Estonian Architects, authorised architect, level 7
An alternate member has the right to attend the meetings of the Selection Board without the right to vote. An alternate member has the right to vote in case the alternate replaces a Voting Member
- Toomas Paaver, the Union of Estonian Architects
- Madis Pihel, Kuressaare city engineer
An expert has the right to attend the meetings of the Selection Board without the right to vote.
Secretary of the Selection Board: Pille Epner, the Union of Estonian Architects
The competition is launched within the framework of the EV 100 Great Public Space architectural programme, with the objective to plan and convert the public spaces, main squares or high streets of 15 locations across Estonia by 2020. The project is managed by the Union of Estonian Architects in cooperation with the Organising Committee of Estonia 100.
The Great Public Space project aims to transform town centres - one of the objectives of the national regional policy. The project seeks to organise and convert the centres of small towns into venues for cultural events and leisure activities, giving priority to non-motorised mobility. Turning town centres into more convivial areas will give a boost to businesses and prevent urban sprawl.