Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2011, TAB Estonia, Symposium, Exhibition

Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonia : TAB

Estonian Architectural Event 2011 – Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn

8 Sep 2011

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2011 Estonia

Estonian Centre of Architecture and TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale


8 – 11 Sep 2011

TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale main exhibition “11FLIRTS” at Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn, opens during the Gala of TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale on the 9th of September, and remains open until the 25th of September. “11FLIRTS” deals with experimental architecture and relates it to the context of an existing Baroque palace and art museum.

Martin Melioranski – Ingeri sild:
New Estonian Architecture
photo : Martin Melioranski

Curator Villem Tomiste:
“Architecture is used to be the background or backdrop for things created by man. Like the show pieces in a museum. But what if one inserts architecture in the gaps left by art? Architecture becomes an object and environment at the same time. This change in scale and relations gives the spectator tools to access the new understanding about the abilities of architecture.”

STREET 2020 visioonivõistlus_Le-Corb:
photo : visioonivõistlus

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is a new international architecture forum that brings together theory and practice as well as young and experienced architects in order to arouse rich discussion upon the issues of architecture, urban planning and landscape. The first TAB concentrates on the hybrid issue of Landscape Urbanism.

HydroLine – a concept for Tallinn’s coastline by IwamotoScott Architecture:
HydroLine Tallinn
photo : IwamotoScott Architecture

Our hope is to see landscape urbanism as a ’third way’ which can solve urban problems that have proved too difficult for conventional planning methods. Landscape urbanism could provide answers to the question of how to guide urban processes from the inside so that the system as a whole would maintain its balance and integrity. The term ’landscape’ is here used primarily as a model of consistency, responsiveness and scale, that is, a conceptual tool rather than a direct reference to nature.

Concept model by Francois Roche:
Francois Roche model
photo : Francois Roche

TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale comprises three main events: the symposium Landscape Urbanism (curator Katrin Koov), the TAB curator exhibition 11FLIRTS (curator Villem Tomiste) and the vision competition STREET 2020.

The results of STREET 2020 will be announced on 1st August 2011 at the TAB website

“London Without Bees: architecture to pollinate a wilting city” by Ben Kirk:
London Without Bees
photo : Ben Kirk

Tallinn Architecture Biennale : current page

TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale selected guests and lecturers

Eva Castro (AA School, Plasmastudio, Groundlab, UK)
François Roche (R&Sie(n), FR)
Antti Lehto, Sami Heikkinen, Vesa Humalisto (Serum architects, FIN)
Thomas Juel Clemmensen, Morten Daugaard (Aarhus School of Architecture, DK)
Johan Paju (KTH, Paju Arkitektur, SE)

TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale Preregistration lasts until 5 Sep 2011: www.tab.ee/#info

Detailed program of the TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale: http://www.tab.ee/#program

Exhibition details for TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale: http://www.tab.ee/#exhibition

“Cancer City” by Ulf Mejergren & Anders Berensson (visiondivision):
Cancer City
photo : Ulf Mejergren & Anders Berensson (visiondivision)

Organizers: Estonian Centre of Architecture, Union of Estonian Architects, City of Tallinn

Team: Villem Tomiste, Katrin Koov, Endrik Mänd, Toomas Tammis, Peeter Pere, Mari-Liis Vunder,Kaire Pärnpuu, Laila Põdra, Kalle Vellevoog, Ülar Mark, Carl-Dag Lige, Alari Orav, Uku Küttis

Partners: Estonian Centre of Architecture, Union of Estonian Architects, City of Tallinn, Urban Installations Festival LIFT11

Sponsors: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Ministry of Culture, City of Tallinn, foreign embassies, private sponsors

“Gaze Diagrams of Kadriorg Palace” by Fiona Sheppard:
Gaze Diagrams
photo : Fiona Sheppard

More about TAB : Tallinn Architecture Biennale – external link

Estonian Centre of Architecture www.arhitektuurikeskus.ee

5 Aug 2011

Tallinn Vision competition STREET 2020


Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH)’s entry “Peer-to-Peer” received the €3000 I prize of the Tallinn Vision competition STREET 2020, held under the auspices of TAB Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

Tallinn Vision competition STREET 2020 was addressed to young architects and architecture students who were asked to describe a fluently connected, compatible and diverse urban landscape, with a focus on one particular urban typology: the street. The organizers received 35 competition entries, 34 of which qualified. Entries were submitted from Japan, Bangladesh, New-Zealand, Turkey, Italy, Poland, USA, Austria, Lithuania, Estonia and other countries.

The architects from WTARCH describe their winning proposal:

“Our concept is to develop a street which connects as many people and ideas as possible through the use of landscape strategies with a simple “user interface”. This new Boulevard will connect the historic City to the beachfront, provides a strong edge to the port area, and seeks to unify the disparate existing but undefined open spaces into the collective use of the entire district as a large pedestrian park. The street will form a new entry to Tallinn for visitors and a place to enjoy the city outdoors with physical activity and street vending.”

The jury, comprising Eva Castro (AA School, Plasmastudio, Groundlab, UK) and Endrik Mänd (Chief Architect, City of Tallinn), reflected on the winning entry in the following:

“”Peer-to-Peer” investigates the problematic described in the competition brief in its entirety. The street that is described is in human scale and characteristic to Tallinn and the functions proposed on the sides of the street are well thought through and clever.”

STREET 2020 exhibition presenting all the competition entries will open on August 17th at the basement hall of the Estonian Architecture Museum.

STREET 2020 awarding ceremony together with the catalogue presentation will be held during the Tallinn Architecture Biennale on September 8th at the Estonian Architecture Museum.


1st prize €3000 – pseudonym “Peer-to-Peer”
Tallinn Vision competition STREET 2020 Tallinn Vision competition
images from Estonian Centre of Architecture
Authors: Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH): Warren Techentin, Brent Nishimoto, Christina Hwang, Andrew Kim, Ahad Basravi, Carrie Smith, Aaron Yip

2nd prize €2000 – pseudonym “The Urban Lobby”
Tallinn Vision competition STREET 2020 Tallinn Vision competition
images from Estonian Centre of Architecture
Authors: Kenneth Li, Mark Craven, Fraser Moor

3rd prize €1000 – pseudonym “Street Magnetism”
Tallinn Vision competition STREET 2020 Tallinn Vision competition
images from Estonian Centre of Architecture
Authors: Kristi Grišakov (Aalto University Centre for Urban & Regional Studies), Liis Bormeister, Kristjan Männigo, Joonas Saan / OÜ Ars Projekt


– pseudonym “Jack the Rabbit”
Author: Pawel Artur Pietkun

– pseudonym “Le Corb”
Authors: Joanna-Maria Helinurm, Michael Thomas Lamprides II

– pseudonym “Meter and Demeter”
Author: Alvin Järving

16 Jun 2011

New Estonian Architecture Exhibition
‘BOOM/ROOM’, Moscow
Pärnu Central Library
photo : Kaido Haagen
New Estonian Architecture Exhibition

New Estonian Architecture Exhibition image / information from Estonian Centre of Architecture

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017

Location:Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonia’

Estonian Architecture

Academy of Arts, Tallinn
Architects: Mikou Design Studio
Tallinn New Academy of Arts
picture from architect
Tallinn New Academy of Arts

Tallinn City Hall
Design: BIG
Tallinn City Hall
picture from architect
Tallinn City Hall

Vabaduse Square + St Paul’s Church Reconstruction, Rakvere
Vabaduse Square : Estonian Architecture Competition

Developments in countries close to Estonia
Russian Architecture
Latvian Architecture
Belarus Buildings
Lithuanian Architecture

Comments / photos for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2011 Estonia page welcome

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2011