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Tallinn Architecture Biennale Announces International Shortlist for Installation Competition

07:30 - 19 November, 2018
Tallinn Architecture Biennale Announces International Shortlist for Installation Competition, ©NAARO . ImageTAB 2017 Installation Gilles Retsin
©NAARO . ImageTAB 2017 Installation Gilles Retsin

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale has announced the shortlisted schemes for their 2019 Installation Programme Competition “Huts and Habitats.” 137 worldwide submissions were received for the two-stage competition, aimed at “offering emerging architectural talents the opportunity to design and built an experimental wooden structure in the heart of Tallinn.”

TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition: “Huts and Habitats”

09:23 - 18 October, 2018
TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition: “Huts and Habitats” , TAB 2017 Installation by Gilles Retsin_Photo by Tõnu Tunnel
TAB 2017 Installation by Gilles Retsin_Photo by Tõnu Tunnel

TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition “Huts and Habitats” invites participants to design an experimental wooden installation in the heart of Tallinn


The Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 (www.tab.ee), which takes place from September 11th – November 3rd, 2019 (Opening Week: September 11th – 15th), has presented its Installation Programme Competition “Huts and Habitats”, which offers emerging architectural talents the opportunity to design and build an experimental wooden structure in the heart of Tallinn.

The open two-stage competition (first stage submission deadline is November 2nd, 2018, and second stage submissions are due by January 30th, 2019) challenges participants to develop creative designs

Beauty Matters at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 as Curators are Announced

04:00 - 24 May, 2018
Beauty Matters at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 as Curators are Announced, 2019 TAB Curators. Image Courtesy of Estonian Centre for Architecture
2019 TAB Curators. Image Courtesy of Estonian Centre for Architecture

Dr. Yael Reisner of Yael Reisner Studio, London, was selected as head curator for the 2019 Tallinn Architecture Biennale titled: “Beauty Matter: The Resurgence of Beauty." The architect’s winning proposal rejuvenates the importance of beauty, reflecting on how after almost 8 years of beauty being a tabooed subject, a cultural shift has changed its perception. The selected assistant curator will be Johanna Jõekalda, who has previously advised on the Estonian architectural scene and its socio-political-cultural features.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 (TAB) Curatorial Competition

07:00 - 19 February, 2018
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 (TAB) Curatorial Competition, TAB 2019 Curatorial Competition is OPEN
TAB 2019 Curatorial Competition is OPEN

TALLINN ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE TAB 2019 IS LOOKING FOR A HEAD CURATOR: Estonian Centre of Architecture announces the curatorial competition for the 5th international Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) 2019. TAB is an architecture festival with a diverse international programme that fosters synergies between architecture and the general public, introduces the local architecture culture, addresses relevant issues in architecture and delves into the future of the field. TAB 2019 will take place in September and October 2019, with the opening week in September.

The aim of the TAB 2019 curatorial competition is to find an innovative and responsive theme related to the context of

The Ultimate Guide to the World's Architecture and Design Biennials

09:30 - 1 December, 2017
The Ultimate Guide to the World's Architecture and Design Biennials

Venice? Chicago? Lisbon? Seoul? Architecture biennials, biennales, triennials, and triennales have become a vital part of the culture of modern architecture. Every two or three years, they debut new ideas, discuss popular topics, and showcase the best of what is happening in the field for both today and tomorrow. But, with the proliferation of these events in countries around the world, they can be tough to keep track of. How many are there, and when are they? ArchDaily has you covered. Below we have compiled what we believe is a comprehensive list showing the what, where, and when of the world's architecture and design biennials, triennials, and a handful of the larger yearly events. We've also included some more in-depth descriptions of a handful that have (in recent years at least) proven themselves to be big names.

Claudia Pasquero Announced as Head Curator of the 2017 Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Which Will Examine the Anthropocene

04:00 - 1 August, 2017

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale have announced Claudia Pasquero, Director of ecoLogicStudio, as the Head Curator of the 2017 edition, "bioTallinn". According to the organizers, a programme of exhibitions and symposia will "engage various architectural offices, artists, and scientists on the topic of biotechnology in architecture," examining in particular "the relationship between nature and the city in the Anthropocene age."

Anthropocene Island. Sludge of waste material of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2017. Image Courtesy of ecoLogicStudio Anthropocene Island. Waste material of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2017. Image Courtesy of ecoLogicStudio Anthropocene Island. Ornitological Park and Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2017. Image Courtesy of ecoLogicStudio Anthropocene Island. Air, clusters of inhabitable bioreactor cells (1x1km @0.5m/res), 2017. Image Courtesy of ecoLogicStudio + 13

Open Call: 2017 Tallinn Architecture Biennale Installation Programme

05:00 - 27 September, 2016
Open Call: 2017 Tallinn Architecture Biennale Installation Programme, TAB 2015 installation Body Building by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam. Image by Tõnu Tunnel
TAB 2015 installation Body Building by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam. Image by Tõnu Tunnel

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 is announcing TAB 2017 Urban Installation Programme Open Call, offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and build an experimental wooden folly in the heart of Tallinn. The international open two-stage competition is challenging participants to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation, making innovative use of the fabrication capacities with the Estonian wooden house manufacturers.

promote synergy between emerging designers and industry.

Curators of the TAB 2017

Body Building: Main Exhibition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2015

07:00 - 20 September, 2015
Body Building: Main Exhibition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2015, City Form Lab / Andres Sevtsuk, Raul Kalvo, Photo by Tõnu Tunnel
City Form Lab / Andres Sevtsuk, Raul Kalvo, Photo by Tõnu Tunnel

The main exhibition of this year’s Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2015 is looking at hybrid forms of construction where cutting-edge technology and science meets the self-driven variability of material systems and where the degrees of freedom and control define an outcome of multiplicity within tolerance, trying to find a balance between the unruly and the predictable - body and building.

"Epicentre of Tallinn" Seeks Ideas for Intersections of the Future

07:00 - 12 March, 2015
"Epicentre of Tallinn" Seeks Ideas for Intersections of the Future , Courtesy of Tallinn Architecture Biennale
Courtesy of Tallinn Architecture Biennale

Tallinn Architecture Biennale has announced the vision competition “Epicentre of Tallinn” to find a design solution for intersections in the future, when only self-driving cars will drive on the city streets. The international one-stage architecture competition invites entries by the end of May. Read on to learn more.

A Recap of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism

01:00 - 2 January, 2014
A Recap of Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013: Recycling Socialism, The opening event of the TAB 2013 Curators’ Exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (a modernist/Soviet landmark highrise in Tallinn, originally built as the headquarters of the Communist Party) on September 6th, 2013. Temporary staircase designed by Tomomi Hayashi leading to the so-called Sprat-Tin Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building where the Curators’ Exhibition took place. Image © Tonu Tunnel
The opening event of the TAB 2013 Curators’ Exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (a modernist/Soviet landmark highrise in Tallinn, originally built as the headquarters of the Communist Party) on September 6th, 2013. Temporary staircase designed by Tomomi Hayashi leading to the so-called Sprat-Tin Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building where the Curators’ Exhibition took place. Image © Tonu Tunnel

Modernism and socialism formed the powerful spacio-political tandem of the 20th century that shaped much of the urban and rural environments of Central and Eastern Europe, including Estonia and its capital Tallinn. Those environments are still there - like fossils of paradigms, one declared dead, the other exiled. Today we consider them as nothing more than a collection of somewhat interesting material substances or formal oddities - after all, we would rather like to believe this era is not relevant to us today. But is there more to those fossils that we’re not examining?

The architects and researchers that were brought together by the Tallinn Architecture Biennale raised interesting discussion and questions that showed how much intertwined history (in this case, the 1960s to the 1980s) and historical ideas are still with us today, especially in a world where freedom might be just as illusional as it was back then.