We are interested in topics of peripherality, material cultures and direct action. Our research activities, which are self-initiated or commissioned, include text production, exhibition projects and residencies. Our design studios at architecture schools focus on spatial transformation and material based design.
Coming from Estonia in the Baltics, we are bound to reflect on centre-periphery relations. We are interested in the potential of the peripheral position, its generative and strategic capacity. A synthesiser of existing conditions and influences, we’ve found the peripheral condition to bear expanded ways of spatial practice, empowered non-professionalism and fluid spatial boundaries. This, we think, is especially apparent on the countryside.
Essay • Laura Linsi, “Of the Potential of the Peripheral Position.” Ehituskunst, EKA Kirjastus, Tallinn, 2022.
Teaching • Setting up a new architecture MA course within a larger team at the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga, 2020-...
Installation • “Stars, Dead Body and Other Forms that Do Not Change.” Othernity, Hungarian Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2021.
Installation • “Dance of the Dilettanti.” Open Collections: The Artist Takes the Floor, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, 2019.
Exhibition and Book • “Weak Monument.” Estonian Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2018 and “Weak Monument: Architectures Beyond the Plinth.” Park Books, Zürich, 2018. Together with Tadeáš Říha.
Exhibition • “Futures that Never Happened”, Heimtali Museum, Estonian National Museum, Heimtali, Estonia, 2018 and A Room of One’s Own. Feminist’s Question to Architecture, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallinn, Estonia, 2019.
Installation and Essay • “Composite Countryside.” The Baltic Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2016 and “Composite Countryside.” The Baltic Atlas, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2016.
Buildings and construction play a major part in climate breakdown, biodiversity and natural habitation loss, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions globally. We recognise the need to critically revise specifying materials just as means to an end and instead, wherever possible, consider them from the outset. Rather than looking at it as symbol or abstraction, we aim to understand space as material reality. Our teaching studio in UAL Central Saint Martins in London is based on reusing building stock from existing disassembled structures and urban mining in collaboration with Enfield Council Excess Material Exchange. In the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn we work closely with natural building experts with the focus on bio-based materials and our diploma studio focuses on transformation of existing structures and circular economies.
Teaching • Studio 5, BA Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL, London, the UK, 2020-...
Teaching • Transformation, MA thesis studio, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia, 2021-...
Teaching • Low Tech Studio: Meeting Matters, MA design studio, Department of Interior Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia, 2019
Installation • “Enchanting Encounters.” For the Centenary of the Estonian Association of Architects, Tallinn, Estonia, 2021.
Installation • “The Allegory of the Sewage Treatment Plant.” Houses That We Need, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallinn, Estonia, 2021.
As architects, we value direct contact with the site, its habitants, materials and processes. In the context of deepening professionalisation, often leading to exclusivity and to a move away from lived realities, we take interest in topics like self-build, agency of mapping, community ownership as well as authorship in architecture.
Teaching • QOQOQO Summer School, with César Rogers, Oandu, Estonia, 2021.
Essay • “You Reap What You Measure.” SISU-LINE 5: Tegelik/Actual, March 2021, pages 43 to 60.
Curatorial • 7th Artishok Biennale, Tallinn, Estonia, 2020.
Editorial • MAJA Autumn 2019: Autor/Author, October 2019.
Essay • Roland Reemaa, “Who Made This?” MAJA Autumn 2019: Autor/Author, October 2019, pages 14 to 23. PDF
Essay • “A Frame in The Landscape. Or Possibilities for a Permanent Structure.” MAJA Winter 2019: Triiv/Drift, January 2019, pages XX to XX. PDF
Teaching • BA thesis studio, Interior Architecture Department, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia, 2019.
Residency • Laura Linsi at the London Summer Intensive, Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL and Camden Art Centre, London, the UK, 2017.
Teaching • Roland Reemaa with Andrew Balster and Kees Kaan, InChicago, MSc design studio, Chair of Complex Projects, TU Delft, Delft, the Netherlands and Chicago, the USA, 2015-2017.