Absence, Presence, and Mobility

A Landscape Approach to an Unfinished Tram Project

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Tauri Tuvikene Professor, Tallinn University, Estonia

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This article works at the intersection of mobilities and landscape studies. It shows absence-presence as a principal means by which mobilities are related to landscape, thus enabling the concept of landscape to be elaborated with regard to the politics of community, the ways in which embodied practices manifest themselves and create place, and the intertwinement of the cultural and the natural. To elaborate the conceptual argument, the article presents the case study of a planned but never fully realized high-speed tramline running through a residential area of Tallinn, Estonia. To explore the multiple absences of what was planned and the presence of imagined and a few realized landscape elements, the article makes use of artistic works, such as a skiing performance of infrastructure re-creation (Invisible Tramline).

Contributor Notes

Tauri Tuvikene is Professor in Urban Studies at the School of Humanities, Tallinn University. His research covers the intersection of urban cultures, mobilities, cities, and policies. His research interests include comparative urbanism and (re)conceptualization of post-socialism as well as experiences and regulations of urban mobility, ranging from automobility to walking and public transport. From 2019 to 2022 he was a Project Leader for the HERA JRP Public Spaces supported project “Public Transport as Public Space: Narrating, Experiencing, Contesting” (PUTSPACE). He is a co-editor of Post-Socialist Urban Infrastructures (2019, Routledge) and If Cars Could Walk: Postsocialist Streets in Transformation (2023, Berghahn Books).

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