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installation programme

URBAN PARASITES / August 18-21

10 installations / different locations

This year Urban Festival UIT is turning its focus on parasitic architecture. We’ve asked both local and foreign artists to view the city from a parasite’s perspective and encouraged them to find new ways of life either the deficit or excess of space. Urban parasites have found their master organisms in narrow spaces between buildings, in abandoned factories, overgrown ponds and forgotten cinemas. Installations are scattered all over Tartu, go and find them!


NOMAD ARCHITECTS (LV) "Library of Urban Treasures”

August 18–21, 12:00–20:00

Karl Ernst von Baeri 4


Waste is a design flaw: our cities are large, man made material deposits. We have never had more metal, plastic, oil-based composite materials and minerals around us than now. Yet we exploit natural resources to obtain new building materials instead of reusing and recycling efficiently what we already have. In order to change for the better we have to make reuse more efficient. 

The installation emphasizes reuse through using construction materials as service and not as products. Thus the material is used uncut and joined by rope to allow full disassembly and further reselling by the producer.

Thanks to: Puumarket, Karimek
Supported by: City of Tartu, Cultural Endowment of Estonia 


NOMAD architects (Marija Katrina Dambe (LV) and Florian Betat (DE)) is a small and young architecture office based in Latvia with a strong focus on sustainability.

The core idea of their architectural projects, ranging from small installations to family houses, is to combine design with sustainability and affordability. Also, they use these projects as educational tools which should help and encourage the wider public to focus on a transition to a circular economy.

Additionally, as members of professional workgroups and networks like “Latvian Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency” and “URGE - Circular building cities” we try to highlight on a national level the necessity for a more sustainable building industry.

Nomad Architects website

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