URBIQUITY URBAN LAB ’18  “IN TRANSIT”

Tallinn, 6-11 October

The 5th edition of Urbiquity Urban Lab took place in Milan and Tallinn. Under the topic In Transit, the Lab focused on how specific urban issues translate across contexts – comparing and contrasting the findings from Urbiquity Urban Lab Milan to the context of Tallinn.

The 6-day Urban lab is a programme of walks, talks with local and foreign urban experts and group discussions, with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the current changes in the urban context.

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What is it?

The Urban Lab is a week-long visual urbanism residency. A programme of walks and talks, practice and theory will be carried out during the 6 days. The Urban Lab culminated with exhibitions of all the resulting work in Milan and Tallinn. Additionally the projects were collated in the publication “Reading the Street - Creative Methods in Doing Critical Urban Research on the Example of Two Streets in Milan and Tallinn”.

The Urban Lab residency creates experiences where urbanists from around the world can learn from and add to the local urban discourse. By learning about the specific urban struggles facing the city that derive from their specific geopolitical context, the participants will create new projects around the central theme. Urbiquity has created a week long programme for this exact purpose which includes talks, seminars, walks and urban interventions.

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In Transit refers to the movement of a person, item or place as in physical displacement or relocation. It can however also relate to the action of passing through and across space. As such it describes both transition as well as arrival and is central to understanding the ebbs and flows that constitute modern cities. The idea of transit or transition is also relevant in studying the increasingly tense relations between the clashing identities reshaping national borders in Europe and further afield. As such it offers an intriguing framework for studying multicultural, diverse and multilayered urban environments.

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The output of the urban lab is the co-created visual and physical material resulting from the studies and experiments carried out over the course of the residency. On the other hand the talks and workshops also contribute to the process of creating new discourse in the city - introducing new approaches and forging new contacts. The final curated exhibition is an opportunity for the participants to experiment and showcase their work in a highly professional context in the respective cities as well as part of the final showcase.