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Kirke Kalamats

  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • MA
  • Amplifying social fabric on the example of a guides’ campsite
  • Tutor: Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, Kaja Pae, Jaan Tiidemann
  • Posters, instructions
  • 10 X A1

A sign of a polarized society is the opposition of people to each other, one of the causes and aggravators of which is the design of social media. Distant human relationships lead to conflicts in the physical world. Bringing society together requires shared experiences, a sense of identification and an environment where you can co-exist. I introduce a guides’ campspace, which is a creator of a strong social fabric, where valuable human relationships can be successfully established. In my work, I try to find ways to amplify social fabric in the camp environment and offer an unifying experience through space.

I study in more detail the shelters of nomads, autonomous camp environments for different purposes, control-based and needs-based camps, and take a closer look at the landscape of Estonian youth camps. Solutions developed for specific situations and lasting over time indicate high-quality ideas that can be cleverly adapted to the context of the youth tent camp in a time- and place-specific way. I open the background of different camps and place the tent camps of Estonian guides in the general context of camps, which highlights the uniqueness of an estonian tent camp. The greatest value of the common schedule of the guide camp and the distribution of functions over the camp area, is the constant movement between different places, which allows many people to meet and exchange experiences, create a sense of belonging and a tight social fabric.

In the design, I take a closer look at the places between which the campers move and plan the key spaces, which occur in each such camp, so that the places themselves contribute to the development of valuable human relationships and offer spatial experiences specific to the human dimension. Different people who come to the camp can start to weave a strong social fabric thanks to the grips provided by the space. Different points of view in space, which offer us different ways of seeing and perceiving, help in making connections with empathic thinking. The camp sites play with unexpected and unusual perspectives for the participants in order to provide opportunities for different people to identify