Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Vision Competition, TAB Estonia Design Contest

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Vision Competition

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Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition 2019

The fifth edition of Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2019) announces the Open Call for its Vision Competition “New Habitats, New Beauties”.

TAB 2019, that will take place on 11 September – 3 November 2019 with the Opening Week on 11-15 September 2019, is dedicated to the theme “Beauty Matters: the Resurgence of Beauty“ and it is curated by Israeli-born and London-based architect and researcher Dr. Yael Reisner (Yael Reisner Studio).

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 launches Vision Competition

East side of Kopli, part of Kalamaja, an urban area in the North of Tallinn:
East side of Kopli, part of Kalamaja, an urban area in the North of Tallinn
photos © Tõnu Tunnel

TAB 2019 Vision Competition “New Habitats, New Beauties”
Related to the main curatorial topic, this year’s competition focuses on the east side of Kopli, part of Kalamaja, an urban area in the North of Tallinn. The curatorial team asks the proposals to escape the bland globalisation of standard developer architecture and find new concepts in keeping with the alternative lifestyles of Kalamaja’s inhabitants.

Kopli Kalamaja

Endrik Mänd (Chief Architect of Tallinn) says: “The area has a big development potential with its long coastal line and diverse former industrial sites that are now being used as public spaces”, while TAB 2019 Head Curator Dr. Yael Reisner suggests: “A goal is to envision the shared eco-system, enhancing relationships between people, flora and fauna, exploring the relationship between the organic and inorganic, and considering indoors as outdoors”.

Kopli Kalamaja

Deadline for submissions is January 16th 2019 and winners will be selected by the end of January 2019 by an international jury comprising of Kjetil Traedal Thorsen (Snøhetta, Norway), Endrik Mänd (Chief Architect of Tallinn), Margit Mutso (Eek & Mutso Architects, Tallinn) and TAB 2019 curatorial team. All winning and selected proposals will be exhibited at TAB 2019:


  • first prize: 4.000€
  • second prize 2.000€
  • third prize 1.000€
  • + five honourable mentions

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Vision Competition Brief.

Participants may submit relevant questions until December 15th, 2018 to: [email protected].

Kopli Kalamaja

TAB 2019: “Beauty Matters: the Resurgence of Beauty”
Tallinn Architecture Biennale will be hosted in several venues in the city center of Tallinn, such as the Museum of Estonian Architecture and the Tallinn Creative Hub, and its curatorial theme will be unfolded through the main Curatorial Exhibition, a 2-days Symposium and the abovementioned Vision Competition.

The pursuit of beauty ceased to exist as a leading generator in architectural design, as a result of an ongoing denigration and aggressive suppression. In our augmented age and post-digital architecture, beauty matters again. The term “post-digital architecture” recognizes the human role in digital design – where human judgement and cognitive intuition augment digital gains. As neurobiologists claim, humans experience four types of beauty in their emotional brain: visual, musical, moral and mathematical; each can be recorded and even quantified.

Moreover, our civilization couldn’t exist without the recurrence of pleasures, including experiencing beauty. It makes us not only happier, but healthier. It is the architects’ creative role to bring new beauties to cities by substituting alienation with a wider palette of emotional involvement, and to introduce the diverse experiences of beauty into architecture.

About TAB
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an international architecture and urban planning festival with a diverse programme that promotes architectural culture. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects as well as between architects and the general public by way of creating contacts and exchanging ideas.

The core programme consists of five main events: a Curatorial Exhibition, a Symposium and the Tallinn Vision Competition, all curated by TAB Head Curator, an International Architecture Schools’ Exhibition and the Installation Programme. Moreover, the programme is accompanied by a diverse Satellite Programme, that consists of exhibitions, lectures, installations, architectural film projections and other events spread around the city. Tallinn Architecture Biennale is organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture.

For more information, please visit TAB 2019 website

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 Vision Competition image / information from Estonian Centre of Architecture

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TAB 2017 curatorial exhibition “Anthropocene Island” at the Museum of Estonian Architecture. Curated by Claudia Pasquero, designed by ecoLogicStudio:
TAB 2017 curatorial exhibition Anthropocene Island at the Museum of Estonian Architecture
photo : NAARO

Download the TAB Curatorial Competition brief.

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