Living in estonia as an architect

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Not wanting to analyze the building of dwelling houses in Estonia inefficiently and seemingly

scientifically (where would I have got competent statistics from), I simply try to express the

thoughts which are connected with that topics somehow and have come into my mind.

What kind of "scientific" analysis it could be or who should make it, if even the architectural

critics seem not to manage with the simplest things. That reminds me an article in the EE

some time ago about a Finnish lady (naturally in Finland) completing or taking her doctor's

degree. She was examining Finnish post-war modern house, it's morphology, the structure

of the Finnish family, the connections between them and making conclusions which extend

to this day. Those observations about architecture were much more smarter than those

that the most of self-confident architects could do. Unfortunately it has to be confessed that

I don't remember such a research work or sentiments in Estonian science, but no doubt,

they could be necessary.

The typology of the houses used by most of the architects goes

back to the living model of the middle class at the end of the 19th century. That model was

idealized and carried on through a hundred of years up to the end of this century. No doubt

that our living style is changing -- repeating banalities: paradigm changes -- as well as the

composition and make-up of the family. There was a news in a newspaper about Estonia

which declared that 50 % of the children are illegitimate (it is possible, of course, that some

parents live together without getting married officially) and 12,5 % of the born children

know nothing about their fathers. The living with grandparents is not so popular any more.

(As to the models of living it is...