February 2015


Alright, it’s official: I will be speaking at TEDx SurreyUniversity on March 14th.

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The theme of the event is “Fast and Curious”. Tickets are available here, and more information about the event itself can be found here. Check back in for more details later, and hope to see you there!

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It’s weird, how I keep re-discovering architecture. Why haven’t I gotten it straight yet?

When I got into architecture school, all I knew of it were the housing blocks of post-soviet Estonia, the mysterious (“does it really exist?”) Flatiron building and the (“I guess it’s like a thousand years old!”) Sagrada Familia. A few years in, I got convinced architecture was an “art”, taking it one step further at Tech by buying into the slogan “Architecture will save the world!” Talking to some of my ex-classmates, I got introduced to the idea of “architecture as a business”, while realizing after OMA that it was more of an “industry”. Working at Alver’s place, I discovered it was what got actually built, while after visiting the exhibition of work by Nieto Sobejano at the Estonian Museum of Architecture today, I am kind of swaying towards “art” again.

Go figure.

Here’s a little piece of pro-bono work I did recently for CoffeeBar 10133 in Tallinn.

CoffeeBar 10133 has been the place that I’ve been going to for my after-lunch-coffee-and-a-cigarette breaks ever since I returned to Estonia. Liking their coffee and atmosphere, I talked to one of the co-owners, Kaspar, to see if I could be helpful. This is what came out of it – their customer cards:

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CoffeeBar is located in Old Town Tallinn, and has a pretty distinct facade. That facade served as an inspiration for the design of their customer cards.

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After a few discussions with Kaspar, we figured a technical-drawing-like front accommodating the stamps and the holder’s name, and a very minimal back with CoffeeBar’s logo and contact information would work best for their card. The deal was that if you got 14 coffees at the Bar, you got stamps for each of those, and then got your 15th coffee for free. The facade of the Bar accommodated the idea perfectly, given there are a total of 14 glass panes on it. Because the individual “windows” on the card ended up being pretty small, we decided that the stamp was going to be a single coffee bean from their logo – an elegant and clear solution to the “stamp problem”.

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Nothing too special – I admit – but I was glad to help out a CoffeeBar with “Probably the best coffee in Old Town” Tallinn. If you ever find yourself in Tallinn, Estonia, I highly recommend paying them a visit. If you’re interested, you can also find out more about them here.