Lasnamäe canal

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Laagna Rd


Completed 1995


Kert Saarma


Industry & Infrastructure, Landscape and Urban Planning



Although not completed, Lasnamäe as the biggest district of Tallinn accommodates more than 115,000 people. The area is complicated both socially and from the viewpoint of urban planning. The central role in its utopian vision belonged to the dynamic thorough- fare – a fifty­ metre­ wide trench dug into the limestone clint – the backbone for the transport of Lasnamäe. In recent years, Lasnamäe canal has also found alternative use as a location for public art projects or installations. In spring 2016, at the initiative of interior design students of the Estonian Academy of Arts, barley was sown in the area between the traffic lanes and on the disused staircase of Pallasti bridge. Inspired by historical grainfields on the local alvars, the installation drew attention to the asphalt culture predominant in the urban environment.