Estonian architectural policy is based on the document of that very name – “Estonian Architectural Policy” – which was approved by the Government of the Republic on 22 October 2002. The goal of architectural policy is to treat the built environment as a component of our national heritage, and to preserve and increase its value.
Action on Architecture
2002 - 2005
Government Policy on Architecture aims to place architecture higher on the political and cultural agenda and in so doing to remove impediments to the achievement of a built environment of good quality. While a Government Policy on Architecture cannot, by itself, deliver good architecture, it can: recognise the social and cultural importance of architecture in society promote improvement in the quality of the built environment, by fostering conditions conducive to the production of good architecture and the protection of the architectural heritage, and by stimulating improved practice in both the public and private sectors promote the concept of sustainability in design, construction, operation, maintenance and improvement of buildings set an example for the community at large by the quality of what the State builds, and the care it displays towards the buildings it inherits promote high standards of environmental provision in local government, semi-State and private sectors through legislation, regulation and financial measures as appropriate help to create and sustain an ethos that values quality in buildings through education and encouragement.
Shaping the Netherlands
2001 - 2004
As the third Netherland´s policy of architecture, it continues and updates the policy set out in the first two policy documents, and sharpens its focus. The two main themes running through the policy document are: ‘architecture is everyone’s business’ and ‘shaping the Netherlands’. The second theme, encompassing measures, recommendations and activities to get the nine projects off the ground, is easier to implement than the first.