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Tallinn, 9.-14. September

We are happy to confirm Tallinn as the host city for the 6th edition of Urbiquity Urban Lab! The Lab will focus on investigating the ways global urban issues manifest in specific contexts – concentrating on a single street with the aim to learn about Tallinn in general as well as challenges for cities around the world. The 2019 Urban Lab is part of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale satellite programme.

Focusing on the complex urban environment that characterizes contemporary Tallinn on the example of Kopli street, the 6-day Urban lab offers a programme of walks, talks with local and foreign urban experts and group discussions. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team to discuss, learn and produce a body of work along the week.

More information below!

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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 will culminate in an exhibition of all the resulting work in Tallinn. Additionally, a selection of the projects will be shown as part of a final showcase curated by Urbiquity.

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.

The full programme will be announced in July.

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The one street approach is an experimental methodology for studying cities. The street is conductive urban element; a line passing through the various contexts of the city. Streets are the arteries through which goods and people can pass, but they are also the field for social life. As a result streets enable mobility, but are in motion themselves - shifting in desirability, identity and function. By choosing a sample size - one street - and having a limited duration for study - one week - individual participants unconsciously form a collective research practice. When conducting a comparative study of the research aims and methodologies of each participant, key sites and concerns emerge which provide a critical enquiry to the street as a whole.

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The outcome 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.