So close, so far

Workshop "Kalarand 2012", Tallin
sponsored from Goethe Institut - Estonia
with André Baldisiute , Tõnis Savi,
Ralf Lõoke, Neeme Külm, Anna-Liisa Unt
2012, Tallin

What happens if the most important spatial decisions on the city are the result from an abstract dualistic division of the land, not related to the actual place? What’s the impact of these decisions on the intensity and complexity of the resulting space?
This intervention is a tool to individually experience how the abstract space from a detail planning feels like in reality; how big is big, how close is close.

Often there are argues between different interests that deal with an urban masterplan.  Is it clear, from both sides, what a straight line drawn in scale 1:5000 means in real-scale environment?

In the case of Kalarand , we want to test if the proposed public space has the right scale for a quality space.  The built area of a plannig is controversial, while the leftover empty space is less questioned.

By placing 1:1 scale human figures in the site, separated a specific number of meters from a randomly picked viewing point, we can percieve how far- or close- we would be from other people eventually using the space. Can we talk to them, or should we shout? Can we recognise their faces? Can we read the sign on the fasade of the future building? How does the scale determine the use of the space?

thanks to:
Kadri Klementi, Siiri Vallner and  Andreas Wagner 
for the workshop organisation

and to the other participants:
Aet Ader, Henn Runnel, Indrek Peil, Lukasz Wojciechowski, 
Margus Tamm, Marie-Theres Deutsch, Peeter Pere.