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01 · 12 · 2021


In connection with the publication of the Estonian translation of the book Soft City by David Sim from Gehl Architects, the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and the Danish Embassy in Estonia organized a launch session on the 2nd of December 2021. The event took place at the Danish Embassy in Tallinn and included a breakfast reception, a short film session as well as a roundtable discussion with relevant architectural and city planning experts.


“Soft City” is the story of how to build denser and more diverse places that enhances the everyday life of people. An antidote to the increasing complexity of urban life, the book showcases grounded principles and solutions that combine to create a livable neighborhood and vibrant public life.


You can watch the entire thing here:






As part of Gehl Architects, founded by famous Danish architect and urban designer Jan Gehl, David Sim has worked to champion people-first urban strategies and design work worldwide for the last couple of decades. Now, for the first time, Soft City, a result of that work, will be available in Estonian, released by publisher Yoko Oma in cooperation with the Estonian Centre for Architecture and The Estonian Academy of Art, supported by people via Hooandja, Estonian Cultural Endowment, Embassy of Denmark in Tallinn, and the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


To launch the book, a digital reception, short film session and seminar with architectural and city planning experts was held in a hybrid format, with the possibility to join the event both on Zoom and at the Danish Embassy in Estonia on the 2nd December 2021, 09.30-12.30.


The programme:


09.30: Breakfast reception. Launch speeches.
11.00: Short film session. Inspiration from the UrbCulturalPlanning project.
11.15: Roundtable discussion with David Sim, Yoko Alender, Emīls Rode.

Including Andro Mänd, Ardi Roosimaa, and Pärtel-Peeter Pere.
12.30: Event end.