Some fieldwork observations from our Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Maros Krivy, on his travels around the Paljassaare peninsula in Tallinn. Paljassaare is loaded with contradictory historical layers and diverse programs and uses. It is a former military and border protection zone, is a site of Tallinn’s main water treatment plant, and one part of it is a Natura 2000 Special Protection Areas. While its infrastructural connection to the rest of the city is limited, it is a popular site for fishing, barbecue making, sun bathing, herb picking, and bird watching. Paljassaare is a hybrid – the coming together of culture and nature; yet in it nature is not cultivated and culture is not normalized.

Photo credit: Maros Krivy (2017)