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Active Urbanism

Tauri co-organises International Network Annual meeting in Tallinn

Active Urbanism

From 17 to 24 June, Tauri Tuvikene, a UCL Geography doctoral student, and a team from the NGO Linnalabor organised the 22nd annual meeting of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA) in Tallinn, Estonia.

Under the title Active Urbanism the meeting discussed how urban initiatives shape urban space in Northern and Eastern Europe and more broadly. The first four days offered a platform to theorise and reflect on the processes of urban activism, with presentations by renowned scholars and activists. A day of urban excursions also gave the participants from 16 countries a glimpse of Tallinn's developments, including new forms of citizen initiative. A final four days ‘retreat’, held in Kloogaranna, consisted of discussions of INURA activities, focussing on the “New Metropolitan Mainstream” comparative cities mapping project.

Debate centred around how "activism" can be understood in Estonia, how it compares to what has been seen in other contexts, in both the global ‘north’ and 'south’. One insight was that activism that might appear to be conservative or NIMBY in nature might be better understood as a necessary response to the eradication of ‘the state’ through neo-liberal policies in the post-Soviet years. Further conclusions will be drafted by the organising team Tallinn with INURA members.

More information about the event:

Linnalabor's homepage:

INURA's homepage:


Coffee break at a parking lot in central Tallinn: Tauri telling the story of the site using Alan Prohm's microphone on wheels.

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