Technical visits of the 38th INTA World Urban Development Congress in Tallinn, 25-27 January 2015
2 times of visits are scheduled during the Congress:
- Sunday 25 January - 12h-14h: Pre-conference technical visit “Urban Redevelopment in Tallinn”
- Monday 26 January - 10h-12h30: 3 different programmes
There are a limited number of spots available for each site visit and those will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Sunday 25 January - 12h: Pre-conference technical visit “Urban Redevelopment in Tallinn”
The visit will be in English
The technical visit will take place on Sunday, January 25th from 12:00 to 14:00 PM and is led by Chief Architect of Tallinn Mr Endrik Mänd.
Tallinn is a city with a long history and modern soul. As a famous legend says, Tallinn has to constantly reinvent itself. The moral of the story states that if the city is ever to be completed, the old man of the Lake Ülemiste will flood the town and destroy it. Luckily, Tallinn is developing rapidly, with new or revitalised urban areas created all around the city.
Our pride and joy, the medieval old city centre that is on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1997 is the best preserved old town in Northern Europe. Being without doubt the first and to many people the only part of Tallinn they visit, it nevertheless is just one bright patch in our colourful urban patchwork quilt.
Though Tallinn has always been an important harbour town in the North East of Europe, we have never been very well off and never had the possibility to tear down one architectural era and replace it with another. The city has many different historical layers, starting with the Dominican Monastery from 1246 and ending with smart and energy efficient present day high-rises. In Tallinn you can experience urban atmosphere from 1700s tsarist Russia and 1800s industrial revolution to mid-1900s Stalinism and Soviet housing programmes. We accept and value each period as part of our history and try to create high-quality public space that connects these different areas into one wholesome smart and innovative city. During the technical visit the Chief Architect of Tallinn will guide you through some of the historical layers and explain the main urban visions of our city.
Monday 26 January - 10h-12h30: 3 different programmes
Technical Visit 1: Tehnopol (Language English)
TEHNOPOL is a research and business campus that is home to start-up and growing technology companies. Today on the campus there are more than 150 companies, Tallinn University of Technology and IT College in Tehnopol. Founded by the Government of Estonia, Tallinn University of Technology and the City, Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol provides a unique set of value adding business development services, convenient infrastructure and international cooperation opportunities for companies. The main focus areas of companies are ICT, mechatronics, health technologies and life sciences. Tehnopol is also a home for Skype, Startup Incubator and several advanced centers.
In autumn 2013 the Tallinn University of Technology opens a new interdisciplinary innovation and business centre called MEKTORY with the aim to bring together scientists, students and entrepreneurs to solve practical product development problems and generate new ideas. A modern set of labs, studios and other facilities are in service of companies as well as students.
During the visit you will get an overview about the TEHNOPOL and its smart campus` project called Tehnopol 2.0. There is an opportunity to meet companies who provide smart solutions for urban development (e.g Cityntel, Crystalsol). The visit will end with the guided tour in MEKTORY facilities.
Technical Visit 2: Ülemiste City - Smart business city (Languages: English and French)
Ülemiste City is a modern district located on the territory of the old Dvigatel factory in the immediate vicinity of Tallinn Airport. In 2005 Ülemiste City was initiated by private owners with ambitious development visions that aimed to create something exceptional out of the 36 hectare former industrial territory. The vision was based on smart city conceptions. The mission is to develop the largest centre in the Baltic States for creativity and innovation that would have an international reach and be attractive as a knowledge-based environment for work, development and living. Today the 36 hectares already contain 81 000 m2 of contemporary office space for 200 companies (for 6000 employees). By 2025 there would be a total of 200 000 m2 in office space and 125 000 m2 for apartments as well as a sports complex, cultural centre, parks and cafes.
A third of Ülemiste City campus has been developed by Technopolis Ülemiste AS, a firm that is 51% owned by the publicly traded Finnish commercial real estate and auxiliary services company Technopolis PLC. The remaining two-thirds of development is being undertaken by Mainor Ülemiste AS that also owns 49% of Technopolis Ülemiste AS.
Ülemiste City is also home for E-Estonia Showroom, operated by Enterprise Estonia. Its purpose is to showcase the nation’s ICT solutions all in one facility, providing visitors with hands-on examples of what they are and how they work (for example: internet elections, e-tax, e-banking, electronic company registration, e-police, electronic ID card and Mobile ID). Though it presents individual products, its main focus is offering integrated, holistic solutions. Showroom is a time machine where you can experience future.
During the visit you will hear about the concept of the smart business city and get acquainted with the providers of ICT solutions (1-2 companies) for e-Estonia.
Technical Visit 3: Smart public transport (tour by tram languages English & French)
Tallinn Public Transport Company (TLT) provides public transport services with buses, trams and trolleybuses in Tallinn. There are 4 tram lines in Tallinn, altogether with 36 kilometres of track; 2 tram depots serve 67 trams. During 2014 and 2015 both the tram depot located on Pärnu Road and the infrastructure for tram lines no 3 and 4 will be renovated to be able to be used by 20 new CAF Urbos trams which will be delivered from December 2015 until first half of 2016.
Public transport priority system and passenger information system were implemented In the framework of the EU project SMILE; 31 intersections, 99 buses and 73 trolleybuses were equipped with priority devices. These vehicles have the possibility to ask „green light“ earlier or request extension of „green light“ if they are behind schedule. At the same time, bus lane network was extended by 8 km. Information systems were installed into 320 buses, 57 trams and 105 trolleybuses: on-board computers, external and internal electronic displays and voice announcement devices. Priority system is in an enlargement phase: 16 additional intersections and 385 vehicles will be equipped with priority devices.
In the framework of EU project MIMOSA online public transport ticketing system, based on contactless cards, was launched. All 605 vehicles were equipped with new on-board computers and ticket validators at each door. New software was created for collecting statistics on PT (public transport) usage to enable better PT capacity and route planning. It is a joint system for Tallinn, Harju county and Tallinn Card (for tourists), based on the same type of contactless card (Mifare Plus).
At the same time real-time information system was created. 6 stops were equipped with real-time info displays, real-time PT info was made available online – on timetables’ page and via mobile friendly version for smart phones. For Tallinn PT fleet public transport communication system was implemented. Bus drivers and dispatchers exchange info by using 3G Mobile Communication Technology.
During this visit you will have a chance to visit the newly reconstructed tram depot with traction substation no 3, take a ride on the first new tram (made in Spain) that will be tested on Tallinn tram infrastructure and have an introduction to smart solutions used in Tallinn public transport system.