The design studio titled Mõõdutunne (Sense of Measure) studies spaces around us as material realities, rather than symbol or abstract concepts. As a design methodology, we reverse the normative approach from the larger scale to smaller, and instead start with the most tactile - a material, from there to a detail, object, site and environment. The completely hands-on design studio takes a close look and feel of material properties. Through traditional and contemporary techniques, the embodied knowledge - ways of knowing through personal lived experiences, is learned through senses, muscles, nose, ears and eyes.
Beyond the object that is designed, the studio explores the origins of materials, real environments where they are sourced from, processed and worked with and how they shape communities from builders, artists, architects to writers and philosophers. Even then though these are still human affairs only. Hence critical discussions and seminars are held about ecology at large, as Ernst Haeckel stated 1866, it is the study of the inter-relations of living organisms and their environments.
Over the years, the studio has been carried out with numerous multidisciplinary guests and in close collaboration with the Competence Centre of Ecological Building, designer Hannah Segerkrantz, and the textile artist Anu Raud while spending time at her farmstead in Heimtali.