Estonian Association of Architects: 2016 curated exhibition “Where did all the euros go?”



06.10. – 30.10.2016

This October, an exhibition will demonstrate and analyse the structures that were built in Estonia from 2006-2015 with financial assistance from the European Union and form a vital and prominent layer of Estonia’s rural and urban landscapes. The Estonian Association of Architects, an organisation that unites professionals, wants this exhibition to draw local authorities’ attention to the need for a high-quality living environment and the effect it inspires.

By examining the structures represented at the exhibition and the corresponding EU aid, the visitor will understand:

  • what overall changes in the living environment have been brought about by EU financing;
  • which structures required the most resources;
  • how high-quality architecture affects the quality of the living environment;
  • how and under what circumstances a high-quality living environment emerges with EU subsidies.

The results of the availability of EU funds are seen throughout our cities and the countryside. It is most likely that in a few decades from now we will directly compare those subsidised structures to manor architecture or buildings constructed in the Soviet period. Perhaps we will refer to the current type of structures as “euroarchitecture”.

Enterprise Estonia has facilitated the financing of upper secondary school renovation and construction projects, nursery school capacity expansions, the laying of light traffic roads and, especially noteworthy, development of museums and visitor centres.

The exhibition presents architectural examples of application of EU aid and subsequent living environment improvements using a literary approach and encompassing renovation projects, new buildings and landscape sites both in cities and rural areas, from Ida-Viru County to Saaremaa Island.

The content of the exhibition is a summary of the wide range of new structures and an illustration of the scope and diversity of EU aid’s effect in our architecture. Also stressed is the responsibility that comes with receiving such subsidies towards the development a high-quality living environment.

The exhibition comprises 10 structures that are introduced in detail via audiovisual materials and literary texts, with a separate section dedicated to the statistics for this architectural layer.

Merle Karro-Kalberg, Karin Bachmann, Anna-Liisa Unt.