Tallinn's city planning goal for the new year is to plan a more people-centered and sustainable city. Among other things, it means dividing public space and street space in favor of sustainable ways of moving, and planning a greener and more active urban space.
"The goal of Tallinn is to be a pleasant, environmentally friendly, and accessible city with many streets, town squares, parks, and other places of activity designed for people," said Madle Lippus, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn. "An important part of such a space is modern street art, green areas and water bodies to preserve biodiversity. The district master plans have an important role in achieving all these goals. The district master plans start to replace the city master plan established two decades ago.
In the new year, will continue the preparation of the master plan for the city center and North Tallinn, the extension of the tram network, and the construction of the main network of cycle paths. The city will also organize architectural competitions and update the public space with urban space art.
Last year, the general plan of Nõmme was established, which supports the preservation of the important values of Nõmme, keeping the green areas and the forest in the district. The purpose of the general plan is to preserve a high-quality living environment; the plan determines most of Nõmme's settlements to be of environmental value.
In Nõmme, sustainable modes of transport are being prioritized, which is supported by a network of cycle paths and the creation of new railway stops. The plan also covers the green network covering the district, connecting green areas and light traffic, which forms the system of health trails used throughout the year connecting the district's surroundings and adding value to the city's biodiversity.
The general plan of North Tallinn reached the co-operation phase last year, and the general public will be involved in the first quarter of the current year. The publication of the North Tallinn Master Plan online book will start at the beginning of the year, which will facilitate the understanding of the plan. Drafting the plan for the city Center will continue in the coming year so that it will reach public introduction at the beginning of 2023.
In the first half of the year, sketch solutions for the further development of the Tallinn tram network will be completed. Existing tram lines will be extended to improve the availability and convenience of public transport. The construction of two new tram lines, Liivalaia and Kalaranna, is also being considered.
In 2022, work will continue to improve cycling opportunities in the city center. Projects for the core network of cycle paths in the city center are being prepared. The cycle paths will be completed in the coming years based on these plans and with the help of euro money. Until the completion of the permanent cycle paths, the solutions for temporary cycle paths will be improved.
Architectural competitions help to improve the quality of urban space. At the beginning of 2022, the results of the design competitions for the extension of the Realkool, the extension of Westholm Gymnasium, and the Kullo Hobby School will be announced. Kullo's design competition is an important pilot project, where the service designers of the Strategy Center have been involved in the preparation of the architectural competition to study the needs and expectations of future users of the building in more detail. This year, a design competition for the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and the North Tallinn Example kindergartens will be held.
In international cooperation, the concept of the Tallinn Involvement Center is being further developed to increase the quality of Tallinn's involvement: to organize more public discussion events, but also exhibitions on urban space. Tallinn City Planners, Architects, and Strategists will introduce urban space solutions at the Involvement Center. The center is planned to open as an exhibition space in September 2022 and as a demo center in 2023 at the Tallinn Strategy Center in Kaarli Boulevard 1.
To enrich the modern and active street space, the mapping of urban spatial art will begin in the new year, based on the results of which further decisions can be made as to where, how, and what kind of urban spatial art to create. The green installations of Insect Path will be completed as a pilot project of urban space art.