Tartu turns a major street into a car-free haven for a month

For the complete thirty day period of July, the Estonian town of Tartu reworked one particular of its main streets in the coronary heart of the metropolis into the Autovabaduse (Motor vehicle-Cost-free) Avenue, a popular pedestrian-welcoming paradise. The job not only observed COVID-19 social distancing tips but also gave nearby firms a a great deal-needed economic boost. Commissioned by the regional government, the Car-No cost Avenue 2020 project was designed by Tõnis Arjus, Ragnar Kekkonen, Maris Peebo and Anna-Liisa Unt. The location utilized for the city intervention spanned somewhere around 8,000 sq. meters and accommodated a extensive range of programming, from dance programs and morning yoga to countrywide radio broadcast pop-ups, live shows and far more.

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aerial view of road closed for cars

Tartu is the 2nd-largest city in Estonia and is slated to turn out to be the European Money of Culture in 2024 with the slogan “Arts of Survival.” The modern Car-Totally free Avenue venture fits in flawlessly with the city’s agenda for development, which prioritizes sustainability. The primary road that was closed — recognized as Vabaduse (Independence) Avenue — was chosen for its place amongst the classical old town and the river Emajogi that flows by way of the city. The Auto-Totally free Avenue helped to better link the old town and river and delivered a jumping-off place for revitalizing the riverside.

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kids playing in foam bubbles outdoors
red hammocks hanging from large red cube structures

“It [also] established a public dialogue all in excess of Estonia on weather modify, too much automobile ownership and distinctive methods in tackling the problems of building a sustainable future,” the designers discussed in a project statement. The thirty day period-extended city intervention captivated persons from all around Estonia and overseas, counting around 18,000 guests in the very first a few times.

people sitting on red benches
people dancing in grassy area

The road was wholly redesigned to produce a adaptable, motor vehicle-no cost community place that abided by social distancing guidelines. All of the design and style aspects abide by a 2-by-2-meter module, which includes the grass parts, which ended up minimize into 2-meter stripes.

+ Tartu Autovabaduse

Photographs by Mana Kaasik, Maanus Kullamaa, Tõnis Arjus, Eva-Maria Tartu

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