TAB 2013 Vision Architecture Competition, Estonian Architectural Contest News
TAB 2013 Vision Competition : Design Contest
Estonian Centre of Architecture + City of Tallinn : Recycling Socialism
26 Jun 2013
TAB 2013 Vision Design Competition
TAB 2013 Vision Competition Received Record Number of Entries
Estonian Centre of Architecture
June 26, 2013 – The Estonian Centre of Architecture is pleased to announce that the Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2013 Vision Competition is successfully finished. The Vision Competition, which was organised in cooperation with the City of Tallinn, received a total of 88 entries (86 of them by deadline) from several locations around the world. The goal of the Vision Competition, which is held as part of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale culminating this autumn, was to search for ideas to diversify the urban space of Tallinn’s Väike-Õismäe district, as well as to improve its living environment.
After the Jury’s work, May 7th 2013. From the left Lill Sarv, Kadri Klementi, Inga Raukas, Karin Tõugu, Bjarke Ingels, Aet Ader:
photo : Tarvo Hanno Varres
The TAB 2013 curators (Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Aet Ader, Kaidi Õis, and Mari Hunt) said that it is intriguing to see the diversity, which the competition entries offer for the future of Väike-Õismäe. The curators explain: “Very exciting visions have been created for further discussions, highlighting the strengths of the Väike-Õismäe district and resolving its problems. The authors of the competition entries have focused on the landscape, buildings, public space, as well as the functional diversity of Väike-Õismäe’s urban space.” The curators believe that the ideas presented form a good base, upon which architects, residents, and local officials are able to continue jointly planning the future of Väike-Õismäe’s urban space.
In the opinion of the foreign member of the jury, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the Architecture Biennale Vision Competition is important both to the city of Tallinn and in the context of the whole world. “You have those modernist housing complexes, which have been good places of living according to some standards, but which have got in trouble with creating a socially sustainable and integrated neighbourhood,” he explained.
Ingels believes it is highly important not to allow such complexes to be destroyed, but rather to inject a new type of sociality into them. Ingels regards Tallinn as a diverse city having the potential to form into something unique in terms of urban space.
Architect and member of the Vision Competition jury Inga Raukas comments: “Quite different ideas were proposed in the awarded entries in terms of the methods of approach and topics. The jury had to compare visions that were both large-scale urban ideas and those that grew out of the “grassroots level”. There were a great deal of interesting solutions that would enable to improve Väike-Õismäe’s urban space and to increase the quality of living environment there or favour interaction among residents. The jury needed to make tough decisions between several good ideas, but most of all we appreciated cleverness and the visions’ impact on the development of the Õismäe district.”
Architects, landscape architects, urbanists, and university students of the listed fields were welcome to participate in the TAB 2013 Vision Competition. The competition entries were evaluated by a jury including Bjarke Ingels, who is a founder of and partner in a world-famous Danish architecture office BIG. Other Jury members included the chief architect of Tallinn, Endrik Mänd, and Inga Raukas, who is a founder of and partner in one of Estonia’s most renowned architecture offices, Allianss Arhitektid.
The competition prize fund was 8.000€, of which 5.000€ will go to the first place, 2.000€ to the second place, and 1.000€ to the third place. Six outstanding competition entries will receive a special mention by the jury. The pseudonyms of the prize entries and works worthy of special mention are as follows (in alphabetical order): “A Collective Space”, “Anamorfosis”, “Animal District”, “Colorspray”, “Dynamo”, “F23”, “K0EX15T”, “PandaJ”, and “The Point”. The names of the prize entries’ authors will be announced at an award ceremony to be held on 7 September 2013 as part of the 2013 Tallinn Architecture Biennale Main Programme.
TALLINN ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE TAB 2013: RECYCLING SOCIALISM
September 4–30, 2013 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an architecture and urban planning forum that continues the tradition of the former Nordic-Baltic Architecture Triennale bringing together theory and practice, experience and innovation in order to spark fruitful discussion. This year’s biennale is curated by b210, a team of young architects (Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Aet Ader, Kaidi Õis, Mari Hunt), and is organised by the Estonian Centre of Architecture. The topic of TAB 2013 – Recycling Socialism – focuses on questions: What is there to recycle from the spaces, structures, projects, ideas, concepts, and materials of socialist architecture? What is there to recycle for today’s life and the new utopias of the future?
25 Mar 2013
TAB 2013 Vision Design Competition Call to Enter
TAB 2013 Vision Competition Invites Architects to Reinterpret Soviet Modernism in Tallinn
Apr 30, 2013 Deadline for Submissions
The Estonian Centre of Architecture in collaboration with the City of Tallinn announced the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 Vision Competition: Recycling Socialism. According to the curators of TAB 2013, the aim of the open international vision competition is to gather architectural ideas and methods to enhance the current life quality as well as to envision the future of the iconic block-housing district of Väike-Õismäe (“Little Blossom Hill”) in Tallinn. The deadline of the competition entries is April 30th, 2013.
photo : Arne Maasik
Väike-Õismäe was designed by Estonian architects Malle Meelak and Mart Port, and built in the Western part of Tallinn between 1973-1984 at the time when Estonia was still part of the Soviet Union. Väike-Õismäe differs from other prefab Soviet block-housing districts in Tallinn by way of its concentric plan derived from the idea of a circle-city, and is positioned circularly around a pond in the middle.
photo : Mari Hunt
The curators of TAB 2013 Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Aet Ader, Kaidi Õis and Mari Hunt explain the reasons and motivation for choosing Väike-Õismäe as the vision competition’s location: “Despite its geometric and seemingly perfect planning principles, Väike-Õismäe doesn’t function as a coherent and versatile living environment.”
image : Museum of Estonian Architecture
According to the curators, Väike-Õismäe’s circular plan is a clear underlying structure for further developments, yet, this circle-based plan is also a limitation and creates an illusion of a functional whole. “Similarly to other modernist apartment block areas, the built environment of Väike-Õismäe and its every-day life are still searching for a common language” conclude the five curators from b210 architecture office.
image : Johannes Külmet, Museum of Estonian Architecture
Endrik Mänd, the Chief Architect of Tallinn, asserts that Tallinn needs to reassess the Soviet architecture on a wider scale. According to Mänd “when speaking of the built Soviet heritage in Tallinn, it is not sufficient to deal with technical aspects only. We need to see a wider picture and reinterpret the Soviet heritage as a whole. We need to find and distinguish between its particular limitations as well as its values.”
Mänd considers the TAB 2013 Vision Competition as a platform for architects, landscape architects and planners to provide practical small-scale solutions for implementation on the one hand, and visionary, even utopian ideas for provoking a larger debate about the future of similar neighbourhoods on the other hand. “I look forward to seeing whether architects of international scale can find and articulate particular values and potential of the Väike-Õismäe district” said Mänd.
image from Estonian Centre of Architecture
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 Vision Competition: Recycling Socialism
Bjarke Ingels – BIG, Founding Partner
Endrik Mänd – City of Tallinn, Chief Architect
Inga Raukas – Allianss Arhitektid, Founding Partner
1st prize 5,000 € | 2nd prize 2,000 € | 3rd prize 1,000 € | + five honorary mentions
TAB 2013 Vision Competition is an open international architecture competition. The deadline for competition entries is April 30th, 2013. Evaluation of the competition entries and announcement of the winners’ pseudonyms takes place in May 2013. Exhibition opening and award ceremony are scheduled for September 7th, 2013 as part of the TAB 2013 main programme.
For further questions regarding the vision competition: [email protected]
Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 Vision Competition: Recycling Socialism
September 4–8, 2013 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an architecture and urban planning forum that continues the tradition of the former Nordic-Baltic Architecture Triennale bringing together theory and practice, experience and innovation in order to spark fruitful discussion. This year’s biennale is curated by b210, a team of young architects (Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Aet Ader, Kaidi Õis, Mari Hunt), and is organised by the Estonian Centre of Architecture.
The topic of TAB 2013 – Recycling Socialism – focuses on questions: What is there to recycle from the spaces, structures, projects, ideas, concepts, and materials of socialist architecture? What is there to recycle for today’s life and the new utopias of the future?
Estonian Centre of Architecture
Estonian Cultural Endowment, City of Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Arts, Union of Estonian Architects, Museum of Estonian Architecture
Lill Sarv | Project Manager of TAB 2013
[email protected] | +372 56 760 167
TAB 2013 | www.tab.ee
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