metaLINN – Analysis Tallinn activity patterns

For already a decade, digital connectivity is challenging the supremacy of physical space in explaining how people use and experience the city. Entirely new patterns of local, urban, and regional phenomena are emerging within the urban fabric. These phenomena often remain undiscovered and unmapped by local authorities.

Successful and attractive urban spaces are no longer only those designed according to well-established guidelines of land-use planning, but also ones which derive from human activities and self-organised processes.

Future urban and district plans have to be designed considering that places can be reached not only by physical means and that there are numerous alternatives to public transport. At the same time new economies and delivery services are becoming major users of publicly-funded public infrastructures and urban logistic networks, meaning that current traffic models and plans should be rethought in regards to those new-economy generated movement – which follows dynamics that are related to social-media theories more than location theories.

In this study we highlighted the hidden activity patterns that are going to form new centres in Tallinn, radically transforming the city, from a mono-centric to polycentric form. We presented strategies to capitalise on existing connections to enhance the performance of new metacenters.