Ettekanded Läti Puidupäevadel

Ettekanded Läti puidupäeval

Maaarhitektuuri keskuse direktor Rasmus Kask ja projektide peaspetsialist Elo Lutsepp osalevad veebiettekannetega Läti Puidupäevadel 9. aprillil kell 15.00-17.00.

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Rasmus räägib ehituspärandi hoidmisest ja väärtustamisest pealkirja all „If you had 150 000 €, how would you best spend it to safeguard wooden built heritage?“

There are various competing definitions of heritage that lead to different focus and types of action of safeguarding. Some claim that as the historical value of the building resides within the materials, constructs and details, then rigorous oversight of conservation practices is the way to go. Some claim that as the owners of heritage objects are private citizens, then their awareness and willingness to maintain their property through granting specialist consultations and financial support is the key to safeguarding. A third, holistic view, is to see heritage not as a task of maintaining single built objects or areas, but to think of the complex network of relations that supports the upholding and transmission of values, knowledge and skills of the past.

Heritage is thus seen not as „thing“ or a collection of „things“, but a process. After all – for example –, no amount of finances invested in awareness of house-owners is going to help safeguarding heritage, if the population decline in rural areas will lead to weaker local governments and overall degradation of quality of life, forcing more and more people to migrate to urban areas. So the question remains, how to identify key areas that would best serve the purpose and how to define it in the paradigm of holistic heritage? Presentation is based on a collection of preliminary thoughts and is meant as an open-ended discussion rather than a unified theory coupled with a certain course of action.

Elo tutvustab pärandehituse nõustajate tööd koroona-aastal, ettekande pealkiri on „Good Advice from Close to Home. COVID-19 and Rediscovering Vernacular Architecture.“

During the past ten years the Estonian Open Air Museum has assembled active master builders as cooperation partners. These people are actively working in the field of traditional building either in non-governmental organizations or as entrepreneurs. The museum acts as a mediator, bringing together house owners from different parts of Estonia and their closest regional counsellors. The national network of advisors that consists of experts and specialists from more than 20 organisations was initiated by the Centre of Rural Architecture of Estonian Open Air Museum. The aim of the network is to offer the owners of vernacular (rural) buildings consulting service when they choose to renovate the building(s). At the same time the network give a chance to train less experienced specialists.
On March 13, 2020, a state of emergency was declared in Estonia due to COVID-19 pandemic. Movement restrictions and remote work possibilities motivated many Estonians to leave the urban environment for their country houses, which had mostly been used seasonally. While cultural institutions and shopping centers closed their doors, large construction supply stores remained open. People suddenly had more time for family and home. Renovation projects that had up until now been postponed, suddenly became feasible. Clear evidence of this was the fact the number of counselling requests on social media platforms gradually grew. While large construction companies found themselves in difficulties, small companies, focused specifically on renovation work, were insured with work for a few years to come. And the need of good advise has been tripled since 2019.