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FLOODED Summer School 2017

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FLOODED Summer School 2017
1st to 10th August 2017
@ Karuskose, Soomaa, Estonia

The Estonian Academy of Arts Interior Architecture department’s international Summer School returns for a second instalment, this time under the title FLOODED. We welcome international applicants as well as applications from students in other Estonian universities and academies and Estonian Academy of Arts: architects, spatial designers, interior architects, designers, artists.

Last year, the Summer School team ended up building floating object Veetee, a project that inspired minds far beyond Soomaa and Estonia. To apply to become part of the 2017 Summer School team, please submit your portfolio and a short bio by the 5th of June, 2017 via

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Estonia is one of the safest places in the word — the climate is moderate, there have been no major natural disasters, has no record of fatal floods, droughts, earthquakes, or severe storms. But if we look at the bigger picture we are not so fortunate — the climate is changing awfully fast. We can hear from new natural disasters every day, many of them beeing floods. The water level is rising and a lot of land area is going to be inhabitable.

In beautiful Soomaa (in English: swampland), situated in Estonia, we experience a flood every year in spring. The area consists of large raised bogs, flood-plain grasslands, paludified forests and meandering rivers. Life in Soomaa depends more on climate than anywhere else in Estonia. When vast amounts of water run down the uplands in springs, the rivers of Soomaa cannot contain it all. The water flows over flood-plain grasslands and forests and covers roads, disrupting connection with the rest of the world. In some years, the spring floods have risen by a meter a day for 3–4 days, quickly claiming roads, fields, and on occasion, homes. At the maximum flood level the water-covered area can be 7–8 km in diameter. Steep-sloped, raised bogs stand as islands in the water. The flood has been named the Fifth Season of Soomaa, and Karuskose, Soomaa will be the location of this unique Summer School.


The FLOODED Summer School will use the natural flooding in Soomaa as a laboratory for global problems. We can use it as a testing ground to find solutions for wet conditions and floating architecture all over the world. The Summer School will be a deep and intensive examination into the minimum (spatial) necessities for humans in extreme conditions. As the result of the Summer School, the bottomless bogs and overflowing rivers of Soomaa will be offered a new steady pause, a solid ground for the wanderer, a connection or bridge to another unreachable island. The artistic object needs to create new values in very delicate surroundings. The object should continue to function during the highest water levels of the 5th Season, but can be tested out during the workshop on a river. The piece itself will be constructed during the workshop out of timber. In the future the wooden installation will be a part of larger network of forest infrastructure organised by the State Forest Management Centre of Estonia.

Why you shouldn’t miss it

The summer school will be tutored by an international team of architects, representing both practice and academia. The tutors will work alongside the participants guiding them through a complete architectural project — concept development, design, prototyping and construction of life–size installation in wilderness. The hands-on workshop will be unique opportunity to practice off-grid woodwork. The installation will stay open for the public.


B210 Architects
Sami Rintala
Hannes Praks


Application deadline 05.06.2017
Application is open for students of architecture, interior architecture and design.
Application via


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Tutor bios:

B210 Architects: Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi and Mari Hunt – the four architects who form the core of b210 architecture office – have been leading Estonian Academy of Arts interior architecture students through some of their most demanding endeavours. They tutored the course that resulted in the wooden megaphones installation as well as the Wilderness Summer School in Soomaa, which resulted in Veetee. In 2013, b210 curated the Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2013, exploring the topic of Recycling Socialism. One of their best-known built projects is the the Tallinn University of Technology ship model testing tank and laboratory building in Kuressaare, finished in 2015, and they have designed a number of exhibitions in recent years. All of them are also active separately: editing and writing about architecture, developing architecture curriculum for schools, contributing to architectural policy in Estonia, running an architecture hobby school for children.

Hannes Praks: Professor Hannes Praks is the head of the interior architecture department, having joined the Estonian Academy of Arts, his old alma mater, in 2015. He leads the department in constant exploration into the essence of locally-inspired design and architecture, searching for what could make up a uniquely local spatial design vocabulary. He believes in interior architecture that places itself somewhere between architecture and product design, looking for quality that could, in addition to providing functional solutions, also contribute to the discussion on what is culture, much the same way as music or literature might. Before joining the Academy, he ran his own studio, designing a number of well-known and acclaimed projects, ie the Narva College of the University of Tartu, finished in 2013.

Sami Rintala is an architect and an artist, with a long merit list after finishing his architecture studies in Helsinki Finland 1999. He established architect office Casagrande & Rintala 1998, which produced a series of acknowledged architectural installations around the world during the next five years until 2003. These works combine architecture with critical thinking of society, nature and the real tasks of an architect, all within a cross-over art field using space, light, materials and human body as tools of expression. Rintala had his first wider recognition in 1999 with the project Land(e)scape: Three abandoned wooden barns were raised on 10 meter high legs to follow their farmers to the cities as a critical comment on the deserting process of the countryside. In Venice Biennale 2000 Sixty Minute Man was realized; A ship sailed to Arsenal with a garden inside. The park was planted on sixty minutes of human waste from the city of Venice, becoming together with the old boat a three dimensional collage of society waste commenting on the Biennale theme ‘ less aesthetics, more ethics’. In 2008, Rintala started a new architect office with Icelandic architect Dagur Eggertsson, called Rintala Eggertsson Architects. The office is based in Oslo, South Norway and Bodø, North Norway. Important part of Rintala’s work is teaching and lecturing in various art and architecture universities. Teaching takes place usually in form of workshops where the students often are challenged to participate the shaping of human environment on a realistic 1:1 situation. Sami Rintala’s work is based on narrative and conceptualism. Resulting work is a layered interpretation of the physical, mental and poetic resources of the site.

Read about Summer School 2016 and its final project Veetee.

The international summer school is taking place as part of the project entitled “Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Edge/Blurring Boundaries”. The project has been made possible by 37,079.24 euros in funding from the European Regional Development Fund.