All seven teams' insights will be used for the larger international competition. We appreciate each individual's participation and support in this workshop.
Mentors : Learn from the industry's best! The workshop will be guided by three highly accomplished mentors with extensive experience in architecture and urban planning:
Indrek is a renowned architect and a key member of Arhitektuuribüroo PLUSS in Estonia. His sustainable design and urban planning expertise bring valuable insights to the workshop.
Sirkku Huisko is a landscape architect and COO in Lundén Architecture Company, Finland. She has been working in various land use planning and leading roles tackling different scales in public and private sector for over 15 years. She is also a part-time teacher in Aalto University.
Oskars Vāvere is an architect and an urban planner. Co-founder of the architecture office RUUME architects. Council member of the Latvian Union of Architects. Winner of many international architectural and urban planning competitions together with the RUUME architects team. Among the most notable recent works are the residential building complex Viesturdarzs quarter in Riga, the masterplan for Zunda Parks, the Latvian Paralympic Sports Village project, and the Zakusala island development plan. The residential project “Viesturdarzs quarter” received The Latvian Architecture Award In 2020.
EAL, the premier architectural association in Estonia, is conducting the Sustainable City workshop for young architects.
With a long history dating back to 1921. UEA’s main field of activity is architecture expertise, concerning organising architecture competitions and offering expert assessments on particular cases. Besides that, the UEA grants professional qualifications and nominates candidates for annual architecture prizes, etc.
For this workshop, we have Andro Mänd, the Chairman of the Association, supporting us with his presence and involvement in Pärnu.
Kristian Taaksalu, architect and youth leader, actively supporting this Sustainable City workshop in Pärnu.
Kairi Rand is the single point of contact and coordination for this workshop.
Clever Cities Group is the brainchild of Pärnu’s son of the soil and entrepreneur, Marten Palu and tech entrepreneur, Thomas Abraham. Both share the vision for creating a long-term positive impact in their home town and beyond.
Marten has created numerous successful entrepreneurial ventures that he has founded/co-founded in Pärnu that continue to grow and succeed. They include Black & Brownie Dance Studio, youth centre Huub, and FowardSpace coworking Centre; however, his venture growing at over 300% annually is Gamecan, the gaming studio in Pärnu with over 50 team members from 16 nationalities.
Thomas built and exited his first tech company, a software IP-VPN in 2003 in DIC, Dubai, UAE and went on to build a payments company across multiple geographies, Spain, Latin America, Panama, Columbia, Costa Rica, India, South Africa etc., starting with a team of 2 and growing to over 400 people. He has also worked with global brands like Casio of Japan and the $19 billion conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra, among others.
Clever Cities aims to create a sustainable impact on people's lives, not just in the Clever Cities District but all of Pärnu, focusing on high technology employable education. Job opportunities that are ideal for the newly learned skills, avenues for entertainment that help with a proper work-life balance and the right cultural and sustainable environment within a 10-minute walkable ecosystem.
Pärnu, the Summer capital of Estonia.
Pärnu, the Summer capital of Estonia, is the only city in Estonia located simultaneously on the seashore and the mouth of a river.The city is very compact, smart and at the same time, proud to have its traditions. You will be welcomed, all year round, by nine unique spas, lots of greenery and an atmosphere characteristic of a resort, with top-class restaurants, cafés, theatre and concert experiences. There are two golf centres near Pärnu. You will also find plenty of opportunities for fishing on the river and the sea.In 2026 we plan to have phase 1 of the first Clever Cities ecosystem, a 10-minute walkable city district within Pärnu City
One of the most advanced digital societies in the world.
The Estonian Association of Architects is conducting the workshop Sustainable City for young architects.With a long history dating back to 1921. EAA’s main field of activity is architecture expertise, concerning organising architecture competitions and offering expert assessments on particular cases. Besides that, the EAA grants professional qualifications and nominates candidates for annual architecture prizes, etc.For this workshop, we have Andro Mänd, architect and the President of the Association, supporting us with his presence and involvement in Pärnu.
Kristian Taaksalu, architect and leader of the youth section, actively supporting the workshop in Pärnu.Kairi Rand is the single point of contact and coordination for the workshop.
Tervis Spa, Seedri 6, Pärnu, 80012 Pärnu’Tervis ravispaahotell / Medical Spa Hotel,