In autumn 2014 Linnalabor/ Estonian Urban Lab organized the first architectural competition for pupils in Estonia. The competition focused on their dream school buildings. In 2015 we stepped out and looked for a broader vision about pupils´ school grounds. Last year the competition focused on pupils´ dream streets and as a continuation this year we give them an assignment to dream about public space – city square in the heart of Estonia – Paide.
Students from 5th to 12th grade all over Estonia are welcome to participate in the competition. They can do it at school together with the teacher or by themselves independently. Each year participants are expected to send up to 4 drawings and a short essay about their dream space. The competition takes place from September to November. All entries are then evaluated by a professional jury, who picks out the best ideas for the exhibition.
The competition is a great opportunity to find out how young people see the space around them and what are their desires. This year we are targeting a certain place so that their ideas could be carried out to improve local environment and community. We hope that the competition brings awareness to planners, architects, urbanists and property owners that kids have an important role in designing the urban space and they should not be discarded.
Linnalabor/ Estonian Urban Lab is a competence centre of urban thought and action, founded in 2006. All activities are focused on sustainable development and better quality of living environment in urban spaces. Linnalabor aims to improve the culture of urban life and encourages value-based urban politics.