Square! Positively Shrinking


March 17, 2022 | Thursday | 19:00

open until: 2022 04 04

The exhibition “Square! positively shrinking” explores the role of high-quality urban space in enhancing the future development perspective of depopulating small towns. It features activities to improve the urban environment with a focus on the redevelopment of central squares. Shrinking municipalities need to concentrate on their residents’ quality of life. The programme “Great Public Spaces” is a remarkable example of urban space intervention in shrinking urban areas. The aim of the programme was to renew the centres, main squares and the main streets in 15 Estonian towns by 2020 as a gift from architects to the Estonian state celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The exhibition was first presented in the Pavilion of Estonia at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Curators: Jiří Tintěra, Garri Raagmaa, Kalle Vellevoog, Martin Pedanik, Paulina Pähn
Graphic Design: Martin Pedanik (Labor)
Commissioner: Raul Järg (Estonian Centre for Architecture)

Producers: Eve Arpo, Maria Kristiin Peterson (Estonian Centre for Architecture)

With the support of: Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Ministry of Finance, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Rakvere City Government, Rapla Municipality Government, Võru City Government, Valga Municipality Government, Elva Municipality Government, Põlva Municipality Government, Saaremaa Municipality Government, Tõrva Municipality Government, Baltic Culture Fund