Tallinn Architecture Biennale 8 September – 11 September
The first Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) will ceremoniously take place from 8 September to 11 September in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
By placing the first cornerstone of the TAB forum, the organizers' perspective goal for the future is to become a stable and regularly occurring festival of architectural design and civil engineering ideas in the Baltics and Scandinavia. The main organizing institution of TAB – the Estonian Center for Architecture – invites everyone interested in architectural and city planning issues, whether they be local or foreign architects, designers, sculptors or students of art and civil engineering, to come together and enthusiastically mark today's architectural achievements, as well as plan for the future at the first Tallinn Architecture Biennale.
Scheduled proceedings at the biennale consist of a line-up of various events, including exhibitions, a competition of project drafts, lectures and discussions, creative seminars and short excursions through the burgeoning, modern part of Tallinn's city center, which encircles Tallinn's medieval Old Town. You can take a look at the program here: http://www.tab.ee/#program.
Through thematic discussions, both new specialists and experienced architects will turn to the study of city planning and experiments in re-planning in the field of urban design. In this way, TAB will strive to combine both theory and practice.
The TAB-sponsored visionary competition, “STREET 2020”, encouraged creative minds to come up with proposals for a concrete city typology – a street. At the beginning of August, the winner was announced – Warren Techentin Architecture (WTARCH), with their proposition, “Peer-to-Peer”, which was voted the best approach to improving the situation for pedestrians and bicyclists in the hectic traffic corridors of Tallinn.
Projects submitted for “STREET 2020” will be displayed for public critique from 17 August through 11 September, in the basement hall of the Museum of Estonian Architecture. The award ceremony for the winner and a catalog presentation will take place during the Tallinn Architecture Biennial, in the Museum of Estonian Architecture.
The focused-upon issues at the biennial's symposium lead in the direction of solving the problems at hand – bringing attention to the modernization and development of the urban landscape while continuing to highly value, and not overshadow, the silhouette of the city's historic legacy. The symposium will evaluate the introduction of hybrids into the development of urban environment strategies and into landscape ecology relationships and architectural design.
The curator of the Tallinn Architecture Biennial, the architect Villem Tomiste, believes that due to the small size of Estonia, it is very important for local professionals to look beyond the country's borders, so that they can introduce the rest of the world to the potential of Estonia's civil engineering and the functional and artistic quality of its architecture.
In addition to the cultural values brought to light by the events of the Tallinn Architecture Biennial, the forum offers professionals an escalating platform for the exchange of experiences and ideas, as well as for the forming of professional collaborations.