The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. In 2020, the event will take place over three weeks and will be digitally available. Meet SmartEnCity representatives on 15 and 21 October!
This week, the 14th mural of the SmartEnCity project was completed in Tartu. The artist of the mural is Mall Nukke, a highly acclaimed local modern artist, whose numerous works can be found in art museums and galleries in Estonia and abroad. The newly finished painting, titled “The Faun”, is inspired by her own 1992 drawing “The Broodings of Faun”, which has been reinterpreted and recolored.
Despite summertime is usually a quiet period of the year, SmartEnCity deployment in Vitoria Gasteiz keeps moving on no matter the season. The end of the summer has brought some new façades to Aldabe Street as well as the district heating network deployment works continue with trench excavation.
The new article of EU platform CORDIS reports on the first ever mural art exhibition of Lighthouse City Tartu. Each wall painting is the crowning glory of the SmartEnCity renovation activities. The colourful murals are attracting citizens and vistors equally and making Tartu famous far beyond its borders.
Read the new edition of our SmartEnCity Network Bulletin which provides latest activities of our Lighthouse Cities Tartu and Vitoria-Gasteiz as well as news from the SmartEnCity Network Community.
The house façade of Eulogio Serdán Street appears in a new look because the wall painting has finally been completed. It took a long time, but it was worth it. With the involvement of neighbours, artists, technicians and students, the idea was put into practice.
Tartu's latest mural is the result of the joint efforts of a father and his son. Mid-July, the 13th wall painting of SmartEnCity project was completed. It is titled “Blowers” and is located on the end wall of the Tiigi Street 3 apartment building, next to the University of Tartu Library. The author and painter of the mural is Markus Kasemaa, a local artist.
This new SmartEnCity scientific publication by Merit Tartar (Institute of Baltic Studies), Tarmo Kalvet and Marek Tiits (both Institute of Baltic Studies and Tallinn University of Technology) is dealing with smart energy transition at municipal level, which is increasingly gaining importance but challenges are remaining regarding the tools, involvement of stakeholders and on the development of policies.
On July 20, the first ever local SmartEnCity outdoor art exhibition, explaining and hightlighting Tartu's wall paintings, was opened in Tartu, on the iconic arch bridge that crosses the river Emajõgi. The exhibition is called “Smartovka murals” and the descriptions of the murals are coming in both, in Estonian and English language.
The final prototype of the vehicle, which was presented last week on Tuesday, 14 July at an official ceremony with the city´s mayor and representatives from the provincial and regional governments, will be tested without passengers during the coming months on the route of Line 2 of TUVISA (the city´s public bus company), where it will enter into service in mid 2021. Apart from the first convoy, the two pantographs that will allow to re-charge batteries at the two Line extremes were also installed.