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Baltic Mikrorayon SIGNED

Past, Present, and Future Lives of Soviet Housing Estates in the Baltic States

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "Baltic Mikrorayon" data sheet

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Organization address
address: ULIKOOLI 18
city: TARTU
postcode: 51005

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 Coordinator Country Estonia [EE]
 Project website
 Total cost 148˙582 €
 EC max contribution 148˙582 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2017-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TARTU ULIKOOL EE (TARTU) coordinator 148˙582.00


 Project objective

In Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), modernist housing estates, built between the 1950s and 1990s to meet housing demand and rebuild cities after World War II, introduced revolutionary changes in urbanization. Today, overcoming the challenges posed by vast housing estates presents one of the greatest challenges faced in post-Socialist cities. To address a gap in knowledge about socialist urban planning implementation (especially the construction of mikrorayon) in the Baltic States, I propose to interview planners and architects who were active practitioners during the Soviet era (as well as those practicing more recently) to analyse past, present, and future lives of housing estates in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The project proposed for this IF is not only a natural progression of my research trajectory, it is also transformative because it applies my expertise to multi-disciplinary research that covers a range of research questions and avenues of inquiry. The project will produce broad impacts on research methods (interviews of original “actors” in residential settlements), new knowledge on the history of urbanization, and recommendations for present-day urban planning in cities in CEE. This Individual Fellowship requires a 24-month academic stay at the University of Tartu (UT), Estonia where I will engage in training-through-research supervised by Prof. Tiit Tammaru, Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Human Geography at UT. The project will give me new hands-on experience in interviewing and archival research and I will produce important publications that will (1) help me establish myself as the pre-eminent North American scholar on architecture, town planning, and urban geography in the Baltic States, and (2) assist my career advancement (from Associate Professor to Professor) at my home institution, the University at Buffalo.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Daniel Baldwin Hess
Decrypting fare-free public transport in Tallinn, Estonia
published pages: 690-698, ISSN: 2213-624X, DOI: 10.1016/j.cstp.2017.10.002
Case Studies on Transport Policy 5/4 2019-06-17
2017 Daniel Baldwin Hess
Transport in Mikrorayons
published pages: 153851321770708, ISSN: 1538-5132, DOI: 10.1177/1538513217707082
Journal of Planning History 2019-06-17
2016 Māra Liepa-Zemeša, Daniel Baldwin Hess
Effects of public perception on urban planning: evolution of an inclusive planning system during crises in Latvia
published pages: 71-92, ISSN: 0041-0020, DOI: 10.3828/tpr.2016.5
Town Planning Review 87/1 2019-06-17
2017 Pille Metspalu, Daniel B. Hess
Revisiting the role of architects in planning large-scale housing in the USSR: the birth of socialist residential districts in Tallinn, Estonia, 1957–1979
published pages: 1-27, ISSN: 0266-5433, DOI: 10.1080/02665433.2017.1348974
Planning Perspectives 2019-06-17
2019 Daniel Baldwin Hess and Tiit Tammaru
Understanding the Legacy of Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries
published pages: not yet assigned, ISSN: , DOI:
Housing Estates in the Baltics: The Legacy of Central Planning in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania (Daniel Baldwin Hess and Tiit Tammaru, eds.) Edited by Daniel Baldwin Hess a 2019-06-17
2018 Daniel Baldwin Hess, Tiit Tammaru, and Maarten van Ham
Lessons Learned from a Pan-European Study of Large Housing Estates: Origins, Trajectories of Change, and Future Prospects
published pages: not yet assigned, ISSN: , DOI:
Housing Estates in Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Segregation, and Policy Challenges (edited by Daniel Baldwin Hess, Tiit Tammaru, and Maarten van Ham) edited by Daniel Baldwin Hess, 2019-06-17
2018 Daniel Baldwin Hess; Evan Iacobucci; Annika Väiko
Network Connections and Neighborhood Perception: Using Social Media Postings to Capture Attitudes among Twitter Users in Estonia
published pages: 67-77, ISSN: 2255-8764, DOI: 10.1515/aup-2017-0010
Journal of Architecture and Urban Planning 13 2019-06-17

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